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Major: A minimum of eight course credits in French at or above
the 300 level, which include FRE 301, 303,
311, and 411. A maximum of two elective
upper-level courses in other areas, approved beforehand by the
Department as relevant to the major, may be substituted for two of the
elective French courses.
Teaching Major: A minimum of nine course
credits, to include FRE 301, 303,
311, and at least four course credits in French at or above
the 300 level; LAL 308 (Language Teaching Methodology); and
one additional course at or above the 300 level which may be in another
field if approved in advance by the Department as relevant to the major.
It is strongly suggested that students complete FRE 411
within their program of study. In addition to the foregoing
requirements, prospective teachers must also apply for
admission to the Teacher Education Program
(preferably at the start of their sophomore year) and complete a second
major in Secondary Education described under
Minor: A minimum of five course credits in French at or above the
300 level, which include FRE 301, 303, and 311.
Study Abroad: French majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad, and up to four course credits taken on approved programs may be substituted for required major courses.
Note: Lectures and discussions in all 300- and 400-level courses are in French.
101-102-103. Beginning French I, II, & III
Pronunciation and grammar, with stress on facility in reading, writing, and
205. Intermediate French
emphasis on conversation skills and communication strategies.
Integration of grammar and vocabulary into discourse. Advanced grammar
review. Contemporary materials for reading practice. Prerequisite: FRE
206. Intermediate French in
Same as FRE 205 but taught in
Montréal, Canada. The final course in the B.A. language
requirement offered off-campus. Activities include tours,
plays, and a weekend trip. Registration entails
additional costs. Prerequisites: FRE 103 and
permission of instructor. Alternate years. CROWDER
254. French Women Writers in
Survey of fiction, poetry, and essays by
major women writers. Works by representative writers such as Sand,
Colette, de Beauvoir, Saurraute, Wittig, and others will be examined in
light of contemporary views of feminism, femininity, and ``female
writing.'' All work in English. No knowledge of French required. May be
counted as a 300-level course for French majors with permission of
instructor. Alternate years. (Humanities) CROWDER
280/380. Internship: see Courses 280/380.
290/390. Individual Project: see Courses 290/390.
301. Composition and Conversation
Intensive practice in speaking and writing. A variety of readings --
short fiction, poetry, contemporary magazines, essays -- to develop
vocabulary and reading skills in formal and informal genres. Oral
presentations and class discussions. Introduction to research in French,
using library and Internet resources. Prerequisite: FRE
205 or 206. CROWDER
302. Advanced Conversation in
For students who wish to achieve greater fluency and an understanding of
life in Montréal, Canada. Extensive work on oral comprehension and
speaking. Activities include tours, plays, and a weekend trip.
Registration entails additional costs. Prerequisite: FRE
205 or 206 and permission of
instructor. Alternate years. CROWDER or
303. French and Francophone Cultures
Twentieth century French and Francophone culture from the perspectives of
media, politics, intellectual life, and popular culture. Through an
exploration of the role of the French language in Africa, students
consider the relationship of language to culture. Prerequisite: FRE
205 or 206. Alternate years. (Humanities) BONEY
311. Introduction to Literature
Introduction to the genres and major literary movements in French
literature. Course centers on a theme, showing its treatment by authors
in different periods. Development of reading strategies and skills, with
attention to the advanced grammar needed for literary texts. Intensive
writing to teach students the methods of analyzing and researching
literatures. Prerequisite: FRE 301 or 302. (Humanities) BONEY
315. Mediaeval French Literature
courtly, and allegorical literature, chivalric romance, ribald tale, and
comic theatre of the French Middle Ages. Prerequisite: FRE 311.
Offered every third year. (Humanities) BONEY
321. The French Renaissance: Sixteenth Century
Works by Rabelais, Montaigne, and the poets
of the Lyon and Pléiade schools. The emergence of a national literature
and the development of the Humanist tradition in France. Prerequisite:
FRE 311. Alternate years. (Humanities) BONEY
327. Baroque and Neoclassicism: Seventeenth
Century French Literature
Classical tragedy and comedy
of Racine, Corneille, and Molière. The origins of the modern novel.
Prerequisite: FRE 311. Offered every third year. (Humanities) BONEY
331. Enlightenment: Eighteenth Century French
The intellectual quest of the
philosophes and the Encyclopédistes, with selected
readings from Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, and Montesquieu. Development
of the drama, the novel, and pre-Romanticism. Prerequisite: FRE
311. Offered every third year. (Humanities) CROWDER
341. Nineteenth Century I:
The rise of Romanticism in
post-Revolutionary France, examined through poetry, novels, and essays.
The Napoleanic era, the return of the monarchy, and the writers who
sparked a new French Revolution. The beginnings of realism.
Prerequisite: FRE 311. Offered every third year. (Humanities) BONEY
342. Nineteenth Century II: 1850-1900
The Realist reaction against Romanticism--Madame Bovary and
Baudelaire's poetry on trial for ``indecency.'' The impact of
industrialism on the middle and working classes as seen by Zola. The
scandal of Rimbaud and Valéry, the new poetry of Mallarmé, and
the ribald play Ubu roi to close the century. Prerequisite: FRE
311. Offered every third year. (Humanities)
351. Twentieth Century I: Writing as Political Action
The Surrealist movement grows out of WWI. The Négritude movement
unites colonized people in Francophone Africa and the Carribean. Camus
rewrites WWII as The Plague. Wittig and the rise of feminism
after the student ``revolution'' of 1968. The new postcolonial
Francophone literature. Prerequisite: FRE 311. Alternate years.
352. Twentieth Century II: Writing as
Proust and Robbe-Grillet portray obsessive love and jealousy. The
theater of the absurd shows the breakdown of communication and language.
Québécois literature reflects upon tormented sexualities in
isolated towns. Prerequisite: FRE 311. Offered every third
year. (Humanities) CROWDER
In-depth study of a literary movement, area, or author. Required of all French majors. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Alternate years.
988. There are currently eight programs in France or Francophone
countries run by the School for International Training. There are
language and culture semesters in Cameroon,
France, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, and Senegal.
There is a language immersion semester in France, a
semester with an emphasis on the environment in
Madagascar, and a semester with an emphasis on
international studies in Switzerland. See
School for International Training.
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