French

2018-2019 Catalogue

The French program provides a firm foundation of skills and knowledge in French language and Francophone culture. Still one of the most widely spoken and studied languages on the world stage, French opens the doors to international organizations that always include it as a working language, to African nations and work with NGOs, and to Canada (Québec). Students with previous study in French will take the French New Student Assessment in order to begin at the appropriate course level. All students in French are encouraged to participate in a year, semester, or summer study program in a French-speaking country. Courses taken abroad may be substituted for some of the required courses, on the recommendation of the French faculty and with the approval of the Modern Language Chair and the Registrar.

The Modern Language faculty encourages students to combine a minor in French with their majors in the fine arts, business, communication, education, English, history, politics and global studies, math, science or other languages. Faculty advisors provide counsel on graduation requirements, overseas programs, jobs, and graduate study. Students are encouraged to declare their minor by the beginning of their sophomore year.

A minor in French consists of up to 21 hours distributed as follows:

FRN 101 Beginning French I………………..3 hours

FRN 102 Beginning French II……………….3 hours

FRN 211 Intermediate French I……………..3 hours

FRN 212 Intermediate French II…………….3 hours

Any three French courses at the 300 level or above, which may include FRN 300.                            

*Declared French minors who have placed out of French 101, 102, 211, or 212 may retroactively receive up to 9 hours credit for these courses by completing the next three levels of French. Upon completion of a course, the student must fill out the departmental form in order to receive credit. For example, a student who places into FRN 211 may earn credit for FRN 101 by completing FRN 211, then may earn credit for FRN 102 by completing FRN 212. Students may not surpass the College limit of 30 credit hours by examination. Students who place into 300-level courses must take a fourth 300-level course to complete the 21 hours of the minor.

** The department encourages students to study abroad.

***The student must maintain a C average (minimum 2.0) in the minor.

French (FRN) Gen. Ed. Course Description

211: Intermediate French I.
Goal: To continue the development of speaking, reading, listening and writing in French.
Content: Emphasis on comprehension and analysis of a variety of texts in order to understand the impact of historical events on current Francophone countries, and to explore potential solutions to challenges facing them.
Taught: Fall.
Gen. Ed. Category: Exploring; Historical Events & Phenomena, (HUM).
Prerequisite: FRN102 or equivalent placement.
Credit: 3 hours.

 

French (FRN) Other Course Descriptions

101, 102: Elementary French I, II.
Goal: To teach students to speak, understand, read, and write French.
Content: Subjects used for learning the four basic skills include French culture and everyday situations.
Taught: FRN 101, Fall; FRN 102, Spring.
Prerequisite: FRN 101 or equivalent for FRN 102.
Credit: 3, 3 hours (Students must earn grades of C or better in these courses to fulfill the modern foreign language proficiency requirement).

212: Intermediate French II.
Goal:
To solidify and add more precision to skills in speaking, reading, listening and writing in French to prepare students for 300 level courses.
Content: Emphasis on grammar usage, writing, and conversation while continuing to explore the French-speaking world.
Taught: Spring.
Prerequisite: 211 or placement by the department.
Credit: 3 hours.

 

300: Seminar in Francophone Studies.
Goal: Students analyze texts in order to identify issues in the Francophone world arising from increasingly complex global connections based in the culture and history of a French colonial past. They will strengthen communication skills in an intercultural context.
Content: In this course students will explore the complexities of the French-speaking world by focusing on issues such as language, French identity, immigration, politics, race, class, gender and colonialism. Students will read a variety of texts (literature, scholarly articles) as well as view films and artwork. Topics and regional focus will vary.
Taught: Alternate years.
Prerequisite(s): WISe 101 or ENG 101, and a General Education Writing Competency course.
Gen. Ed. Category: Expanding; Diverse & Interdependent World; (HUM).
Credit: 3 hours.
 
303: Advanced French Conversation.
Goal: To improve French speaking and listening skills.
Content:The goal of this course is to offer students as much time speaking French as possible. This goal may be met through activities such as debates, discussions of films, news articles, and culture, student presentations, role play, drama.
Taught: Alternate years.
Prerequisites: FRN 211 and FRN 212 or equivalents.
Credit: 3 hours.

305: French Civilization to the Revolution.
Goal: To introduce students to French civilization through the beginnings of the Revolution in 1789.
Content: From the tumultuous rivalries of warring principalities to the fall of the monarchy, this course explores French history, culture, art, politics, and influence.
Prerequisites: FRN 211 and FRN 212 or equivalents, and permission of the instructor.
Credit: 3 hours.

306: French and Francophone Civilization after 1800.
Goal: To introduce students to modern French history and culture.
Content: FRN 211 and 212 or equivalents, and permission of the instructor.
Credit: 3 hours.

318: Advanced Composition.
Goal: To refine writing skills and to enrich vocabulary, emphasizing grammar.
Content: Topics relating to French culture and literature. Weekly writing assignments, translation, and advanced reading.
Taught: Fall.
Prerequisite: FRN 212 or equivalent.
Credit: 3 hours.

327: Business French.
Goal: To provide students with the vocabulary needed to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to transact daily business operations in French. To help students become better prepared for the ever-increasing demands of the growing international market.
Content: The course combines practical language with the study of French business terminology. Emphasis is on conversation and business transactions such as preparing commercial correspondence, reading and writing and translating contracts and other related documents in French.
Taught: Offered occasionally.
Prerequisite: FRN 318 or equivalent and permission of instructor.
Credit: 3 hours.

350: French Phonetics.
Goal: To improve French pronunciation by studying the International Phonetic Alphabet, learning pronunciation rules, and practicing in and out of class.
Content: Learn the International Phonetic Alphabet in order to transcribe French and read transcription of French in order to practice and improve pronunciation. Additionally, students will practice phrasing, intonation, liaison, and accentuation.
Taught: Spring alternate years.
Prerequisite: FRN 211 and FRN 212 or equivalents, and one 300-level French course or permission of the instructor.
Credit: 3 hours.

367: Survey of French Literature: Middle Ages to 18th Century.
Goal: To acquaint students with French literature from the Middle Ages to the 18th century, with special attention to historical conditions and to the development of literary thought and genres.
Content: Poetry, drama, and prose. Selections from major authors such as Marie de France, Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, Moliere, Isabelle de Charriere, and Voltaire.
Prerequisites: FRN 318 or equivalent.
Credit: 3 hours.

368: Survey of French Literature: 19th and 20th Centuries.
Goal: To acquaint students with the literature of the 19th and 20th centuries from both France and Francophone regions such as Quebec, West Africa, and the French Caribbean.
Content: Poetry, drama, and prose. Selections from major authors such as Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, Eugene Ionesco, Gustave Flaubert, Anne Hebert, Andre Breton, Simone de Beauvoir, and Maryse Conde.
Prerequisites: FRN 318 or equivalent.
Credit: 3 hours.

396: Special Topics in French.
Goal: To allow students to concentrate on a particular area of language or literature.
Content: Varied.
Taught: Occasionally.
Prerequisite: At least one 300-level course and permission of instructor.
Credit: 3 hours. A student may take a maximum of six to eight semester hours (two courses) of special topics in any one field.

451: Directed Independent Study.
Goal: To provide additional advanced work in French language or literature.
Content: Varied, according to course taught.
Taught: Upon request of student, with approval of sponsoring faculty. .
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and the program director. Open to advanced students.
Credit: 1-6 hours

452/199: Field Study.
Goal: To provide practical experience in the field.
Content: A wide range of cultural, and social events; intensive French at the appropriate level in accordance with student ability and background.
Taught: Upon request of student, with approval of sponsoring faculty.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and program director.
Credit: 1-12 hours.

475: Portfolio Presentation.
Goal: To provide a capstone experience for French majors in which students construct and present a senior ePortfolio to document their integrative experience.
Content: Students will use the completed portfolio and subsequent oral presentation to reflect upon the interdisciplinary nature of their course of study. The final step in the process will be to submit the completed ePortfolio to the Modern Foreign Language faculty for evaluation and assessment of the student's integrative experience.
Taught: Spring.
Credit: 1 hour.

499: Honors Thesis. (Fee required)
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