Course Descriptions

FRE 1111 Introductory French I

Description:  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

Description:  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.

FRE 1121 Intermediate French I

Description:  Review of grammar, composition, reading and conversation. Students should have completed FRE 1112 or the equivalent. 

FRE 1122 Intermediate French II

Description:  Review of grammar, composition, reading and conversation. Students should have completed FRE 1121 or the equivalent.

FRE 1131 Conversation and Composition I

Description:  Regular practice in conversation and composition with review of grammar and continuing work on language skills in French. Students should have completed FRE 1122 or the equivalent. 

FRE 1132 Conversation & Composition II

Description:  Regular practice in conversation and composition with review of grammar and continuing work on language skills in French. Students should have completed FRE 1131 or the equivalent. 

FRE 1134 Business French

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

FRE 1138 Advanced Grammar

Description:  Intensive practice of spoken and written French. 

FRE 1140 Writing & Stylistics in French

Description:  Intensive practice in written expression and textual analysis. Compositions are modeled on selected French texts. 

FRE 1152 France & the European Union

Description:  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. Taught in English. 

FRE 1153 Business French

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

FRE 2075 Introduction to French Cinema

Description:  French films based on literary works as a medium will be used to better understand contemporary French culture and civilization. 

FRE 2101 French Lit & Film

Description:  French films based on literary works as a medium will be used to better understand contemporary French culture and civilization. 

FRE 2102 Love/Sexuality in Franco Film

Description:  Analysis of films that deal with this topic. Prerequisites: FRE 1131 or FRE 1132 with the permission of the French director. 

FRE 2145 France & the European Union

Description:  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. Taught in English. 

FRE 2211 Lit/Cult in Fre-Speaking World

Description:  Significant developments in the arts, society, and literature in France from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution. 

FRE 2212 Survey of French Literature II

Description:  Significant developments in the arts, society, and literature in France from the French Revolution to the present. 

FRE 2215 Francophone Women's Voices

Description:  Study of cultural production (literature, cinema, etc.) by women of the French speaking world. Regions may include North Africa, the Caribbean islands and Canada. 

FRE 2218 Franco Writers & Cult Identity

Description:  Regions may include North Africa, the Caribbean islands and Canada. 

FRE 2220 Lit and Culture of France

Description:  Significant developments in the arts, society, and literature in France from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution. 

FRE 2221 Lit/Cult Francophone World

Description:  Significant developments in the arts, society, and literature in France from the French Revolution to the present. 

FRE 2993 Service Learning Internship

Description:  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 and approval from the French Coordinator. 

FRE 3025 Reading 20th c Francophone Lit

Description:  Regions may include North Africa, the Caribbean islands and Canada. 

FRE 3045 20th Century Novel

Description:  A study of French novels of the 20th century that include classic and lesser-known works. 

FRE 3065 20th Century Theatre

Description:  Authors may include: Jarry, Claudel, Giraudoux, Anouih, Camus, Satre, Beckett, Ionesco, Genet, Koltes. 

FRE 3075 Themes in French Cinema

Description:  Analysis of films that deal with this topic. Prerequisites: FRE 1131 or FRE 1132 with the permission of the French director. 

FRE 3145 The Extreme Contemporary

Description:  The contemporary drama of France from its origin (King Ubu) to Beckett, Sartre, Genet, Ionesco and recent dramatists. Conducted in English. 

FRE 3211 La musique populaire, 1950:-

Description:  Survey of popular music, 1950 to the present, considering literary influences and trends in music and in the industry. 

 FRE 3212 Le tour de France

Description:  The world's greatest race as seen in literature, the arts, and as it is currently presented, and followed, in French media. 

 FRE 3228 Francophone Women's Voices

Description:  Study of cultural production (literature, cinema, etc.) by women of the French speaking world. Regions may include North Africa, the Caribbean islands and Canada. 

FRE 3255 Themes in Fre Poetry 1789-pres

Description:  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. 

FRE 3285 Fr Popular Music, 1950-pres

Description:  Survey of popular music, 1950 to the present, considering literary influences and trends in music and in the industry. 

FRE 3286 The Tour de France

Description:  The world's greatest race as seen in literature, the arts, and as it is currently presented, and followed, in French media. 

FRE 3411 17th Century Literature

Description:  Analytical readings of major texts. 

FRE 3412 Special Topics

Description:  Advanced study of topics of special interest in French literary and/or cultural studies. May be repeated for credit if topic changes. Pre-requisite FRE 1131 or FRE 1132 with the permission of the French director. 

FRE 3512 Paris, Capital of the 19th-C

Description:  Literary, artistic, political, and social overview of France's capital city following the French revolution. 

FRE 3614 Classical Theatre

Description:  Classical dramaturgy and modern interpretations of Corneille, Moliere and Racine, Students should have completed FRE 1131 or the equivalent. 

FRE 3715 Utopia in 18th-C Fr Lit

Description:  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. 

FRE 3718 Themes in Fre Poetry 1789-pres

Description:  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. 

FRE 3725 Readings in 17th c Literature

Description:  Analytical readings of major texts. 

FRE 3765 French Classical Theatre

Description:  Classical dramaturgy and modern interpretations of Corneille, Moliere and Racine. Students should have completed FRE 1131 or the equivalent. 

FRE 3820 Le vers libre

Description:  The revolution of poetry in France. Discussion of the evolution of French free-verse poetry in its social and historical context. 

FRE 3845 Utopia in 18th-C Fr Lit

Description:  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. 

FRE 3921 20th Century Theatre

Description:  Authors may include: Jarry,Claudel, Giraudoux, Anouih, Camus, Satre, Beckett, Ionesco, Genet, Koltes.   

FRE 3922 20th Century Novel

Description:  A study of French novels of the 20th century that include classic and lesser-known works. 

FRE 3925 Paris, Capital of the 19th-C

Description:  Literary, artistic, political, and social overview of France's capital city following the French revolution. 

FRE 3955 French Free Verse

Description:  The revolution of poetry in France. Discussion of the evolution of French free-verse poetry in its social and historical context. 

FRE 3970 Research Seminar

Description:  Principles and techniques of literary research. Overview of major French and Francophone authors and representative works. Students should have completed 1132 or the equivalent. 

FRE 4120 Modern French Theatre

Description:  The contemporary drama of France from its origin (King Ubu) to Beckett, Sartre, Genet, Ionesco and recent dramatists. Conducted in English. 

FRE 5900 Independent Study