French Courses

Winter 2023

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Elementary French II

FREN 112 - Leva, James R.

Emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking, with gradual introduction of reading and writing.

Intermediate French II

FREN 162 - McCormick, Stephen P.

Extensive grammar review with practical application of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in the classroom. The course acquaints students with French life and culture.

Conversation et composition: Cours avancé

FREN 261 - Anderson, Leslie

Further development of conversational skills and beginning work in free composition, with systematic grammar review and word study in various relevant cultural contexts.

Invitation au voyage

FREN 273 - Roney, Kristina M.

In this course students will discover the fascinating and ecclectic world of French language literature and film. This exploration will include a variety of authors, poets, playwrights, and filmmakers. Focus on textual analysis in composition and oral presentations.

Civilisation et culture françaises: Traditions et changements

FREN 281 - Anderson, Leslie

This course examines the relationship between fashion and pivotal moments of social unrest, political change, and economic innovation in order to interpret how dress both influences and reflects French culture and history. Designed around engaging questions and dilemmas, students will identify key fashion trends and styles from the French Renaissance into the modern era as they interpret theory and evaluate fashion's importance to national identity and present-day institutions through analysis of visual and material culture, classical French literature, philosophical and sociological treatises, documentaries, and other visual and literary works.

La France de l'Ancien Régime: Sew Romantic: Textiles and Courtly Love in the Middle Ages

FREN 341A - Anderson, Leslie

This course is designed in thematic modules that offer nuanced representations of women through a close examination of textile work including embroidery, sewing, and weaving, in medieval French narrative. A blend of literature, culture, and gender theory, students in this course will apply medieval philosophies regarding love and romance to creative projects and will have the opportunity to analyze various elements of textile production and "women's work" in medieval France through primary texts such as medieval Chansons de toile, Ovid's Metamorphosis, and Marie de France's Lais.

Séminaire avancé: Femmes, Mythes, Magie

FREN 397B - Radulescu, Domnica V.

Directed Individual Study: Invitation au voyage - avancé

FREN 403A - Roney, Kristina M.

Nature and content of course to be determined by students' needs and by instructors acquainted with their earlier preparation and performance.

Fall 2022

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Elementary French I

FREN 111 - Leva, James R.

Emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking, with gradual introduction of reading and writing.

Intermediate French I

FREN 161 - Anderson, Leslie

Extensive grammar review with acquisition of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in the classroom. The course acquaints students with French life and culture.

Advanced Intermediate French

FREN 164 - Kamara, Mohamed

Emphasis on reading and composition skills, with extensive practice in speaking and listening through class discussion. Some grammar review.

Conversation et composition: Cours avancé

FREN 261 - Anderson, Leslie

Further development of conversational skills and beginning work in free composition, with systematic grammar review and word study in various relevant cultural contexts.

Histoire des idées

FREN 283 - McCormick, Stephen P.

This course retraces the evolution of thought in France across centuries through the examination of intellectual, cultural and artistic movements. Readings, discussions and paper in French for further development of communication skills.

Atélier avancé de langue, littérature et culture: French for Business and Journalism

FREN 295A - Roney, Kristina M.

Geared toward acquiring the necessary vocabulary and culture competencies to understand contemporary French and Francophone business culture and quotidian media through readings, film, and an individual simulated job search. Learn how to write a résumé, cover letter, and general business correspondence in French as well as develop job interview skills and strategies. The final product is a complete job candidate portfolio.

Etudes thématiques: Advent of the Arriviste

FREN 331A - Roney, Kristina M.

The name Rastignac remains a term in modern French lexicon synonymous with arriviste or “social climber.” In this course, we will study the image of the arriviste from both social and gendered perspectives to see what constitutes its character and why this image became so predominant during the nineteenth-century. In light of the strong correlation between money, power, and social status, this period of burgeoning industrialization introduces significant upheaval to society’s traditional socioeconomic balance. Beginning from this historical premise, we will study what constitutes social hierarchy and the strategies employed to elicit change – through marriage, education, and monetary status.As French economist, Thomas Piketty, explains in his global study tracing the history of wealth, monetary accumulation is not possible in the absence of economic growth. Such growth is recognized as a delineating characteristic of industrialization.

Etudes de Genre: Theatre, representation et politique

FREN 332A - Radulescu, Domnica V.

This course will focus on the intersections between French and Francophone theatrical works and historical and political developments,  the dialogues between society and artistic representations and the ways in which they influence one another in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  Among the authors studied will be Jean Giraudoux, Boris Vian, Eugene Ionesco, Matei Visniec,  Helene Cixous.

La France moderne: Advanced French for Business and Journalism

FREN 342B - Roney, Kristina M.


Spring 2022

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CONTEMP FRANCE THROUGH FILM

FREN 285 - McCormick, Stephen P. / Roney, Kristina M.