Course Descriptions

FRE 1111              Introductory French I

Groundwork in French, including oral proficiency, aural comprehension and reading; for students with no prior knowledge of French. Supplementary language laboratory work and oral drills.

FRE 1112              Introductory French II

Groundwork in French, including oral proficiency, aural comprehension and reading; for students with one year of high school French. Supplementary language laboratory work and oral drills. Prerequisite: FRE 1111 or the equivalent.

FRE 1121              Intermediate French I

Review of grammar, composition, reading and conversation. Prerequisite: FRE 1112 or the equivalent.

FRE 1122              Intermediate French II

Review of grammar, composition, reading and conversation. Prerequisite: FRE 1121 or the equivalent.

FRE 1130              Intensive French Language

Regular practice in conversation and composition with review of grammar and continuing work on language skills in French. Offered in Lille through the Villanova-in-Lille program and the Intensive Language and Culture Summer Program in Lille and Paris.

FRE 1131              Conversation and Composition I              

Regular practice in conversation and composition with review of grammar and continuing work on language skills in French. Prerequisite: FRE 1122 or the equivalent.

FRE 1132              Conversation and Composition II

Regular practice in conversation and composition with review of grammar and continuing work on language skills in French.
Prerequisite: FRE 1131 or the equivalent.

FRE 1133              Intercultural Comm in French    

Offered in Lille through the Villanova-in-Lille program, this course aims to develop students’ intercultural sensitivity and competence by helping them to reflect on their experiences as they occur.

FRE 1134              Business French              

An introduction to French business terminology and discourse related to economic, finance, and management. 

Prerequisite: FRE 1132 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 1138              Advanced Grammar

Intensive practice of spoken and written French.
Prerequisite: FRE 1132 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 1140              Writing and Stylistics in French  

Intensive practice in written expression and textual analysis. Compositions are modeled on selected French texts.   Prerequisite: FRE 1132 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 1150              France and its culture    

Exploration of French society through current events. Topics studied include: the Republic, French holidays and traditions, the French education system, and more. Prerequisite: FRE 1122 or approval from the French coordinator. 

FRE 1151              Intro to Translation of French

Introduction to the principles of translation from French to English and from English to French. Prerequisite: FRE 1132 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 1152              France and the European Union               

Focuses on the history of the construction of the European Union from the post war period to the present. It outlines its various institutions, policies facing the admission of new members and the implementation of its new constitution. Prerequisite: FRE 1132 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 2075              Introduction to French Cinema

Introduction to major works of French cinema from the silent era to the 2000s. Prerequisite: FRE 1132 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 2076              Intro to Francophone Cinema   

Introduction to major films from various Francophone traditions (Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa, Caribbean, Quebec). Prerequisite: FRE 1132 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 2220              Lit and Culture of France

Significant developments in the arts, society, and literature in France from the Middle Ages to the contemporary era. Prerequisite: FRE 1132 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 2221              Lit/Cult Francophone World       

Significant developments in the arts, society, and literature in the Francophone world. Prerequisite: FRE 1132 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 2993              Service Learning Internship        

CRS Partnership, working on water supply, sanitation, and environmental health issues, leading to the development of a certification program in water resources management projects, within the historical and cultural context of current redevelopment efforts in Haiti. Prerequisite: FRE 1132 or approval from the French Coordinator.

FRE 3025              Reading 20th c Francophone Lit

Advanced study of major works of the Francophone tradition. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3045              20th Century Novel        

Close readings of novels from the 1910s to the contemporary period. The novels studied may include works by authors such as Proust, Malraux, Sartre, Camus, Yourcenar, Robbe-Grillet, Sarraute, Ernaux, Echenoz, and Toussaint. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3046              Readings 20th C French Lit

Analysis of specific trends of 20th-century French literature. Topics may include Surrealism, the New Novel, or Existentialism, among others. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3065              20th Century Theatre    

Close readings of 20th-century French plays with screenings of a few productions. Authors may include: Jarry, Claudel, Giraudoux, Anouilh, Camus, Sartre, Beckett, Ionesco, Genet, Koltès. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3075              Themes in French Cinema           

Analysis of specific topics and/or genres in French cinema. Possible areas of study may include, but are not limited to: representations of childhood and youth, the representation of war, the representation of otherness, the crime genre, the musical, and the New Wave. Prerequisite: FRE 2075 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3076              Selected works French Cinema 

Analysis of major works of French cinema. The course may be organized around a single director (Renoir, Clouzot, Truffaut, Resnais, Malle…). It may also explore a specific movement (poetic realism, the New Wave, or the so-called “cinéma du look.”
Prerequisite: FRE 2075 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3145              The Extreme Contemporary      

Analytical readings of major texts of the past decade. Works studied may include novels and short fiction by authors such as Echenoz, Toussaint, Foenkinos, Houellebecq, Angot, Ernaux, Nothomb, Bernheim, Gailly, Serena, and Viel. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3225              Readings in Maghrebi Lit              

Analytical readings of major texts of the French-speaking North-African traditions. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3226              Readings in Caribbean Lit             

Analytical readings of major texts of the French-speaking Caribbean traditions. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3227              Readings in Sub-Saharan Afr Lit

Analytical readings of major texts of the French-speaking Sub-Saharan traditions. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3228              Francophone Women’s Voices

Study of cultural production (literature, cinema, etc.) by women of the French- speaking world. Regions may include North Africa, the Caribbean islands and Canada. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3255              Themes in Fre Poetry 1789-pres

An overview of the voices, forms and innovations of the French poetic tradition through the themes of love; subjectivity and objectivity; masculinities and femininities; nature vs. the city; and others, in the works of selected French poets from the nineteenth century to the present. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3285              Fr Popular Music, 1950-pres       

Survey of popular music, 1950 to the present, considering literary influences and trends in music and in the industry. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3286              The Tour de France

The world's greatest race as seen in literature, the arts, and as it is currently presented, and followed, in French media. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3287              Cult Studies: France & Maghreb               

Exploration of the rich inter-cultural connections between France and its former North-African colonies. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3412              Special Topics   

Advanced study of topics of special interest in French literary and/or cultural studies. May be repeated for credit if topic changes. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3425              Readings in Medieval Lit

Analytical readings of major texts from the medieval period. Works studied may include La Chanson de Roland, Le Chevalier de la Charrette, Tristan et Iseult, fabliaux, and saints’ lives. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3625              Readings Renaissance Lit             

Analytical readings of major texts from the Renaissance. Authors may include Montaigne, Rabelais, Ronsard, Du Bellay, Marot, Labé, and Marguerite de Navarre. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3725              Readings in 17th c Literature

Analytical readings of major texts from the 17th Century. Works studied may include plays by Molière, Corneille, and Racine, as well as texts by moralists like La Rochefoucault, La Bruyère, or La Fontaine. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3765              French Classical Theatre               

Classical dramaturgy and modern interpretations of Corneille, Molière and Racine. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3845              Utopia in 18th-C Fr Lit    

Emphasis on real and fictional travel accounts as well as works in which homesteading on islands or in isolated natural settings plays an important role. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3846              The Epistolary Novel      

Study of 18th-century literary works in the form of letters. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3925              Paris, Capital of the 19th C

Literary, artistic, political, and social overview of France's capital city following the French revolution. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3945              Readings in 19th C Prose              

Analytical readings of major novels from the 19th Century. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3955              French Free Verse

The revolution of poetry in France. Discussion of the evolution of French free-verse poetry in its social and historical context. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 3956              Modernism in French Poetry     

Study of the birth of modernism as seen through French poetry set in its historical and cultural context. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

 FRE 3970             Research Seminar           

Principles and techniques of literary research. Overview of major French and Francophone authors and representative works. Prerequisite: FRE 2220 or approval from the French coordinator.

FRE 5900              Independent Study