French Courses

Winter 2022

See complete information about these courses in the course offerings database. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

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 - Kamara, Mohamed

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.

Intermediate French II

FREN 162 - Roney, Kristina M.

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 - McCormick, Stephen P.

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

Civilisation et culture francophones

FREN 280 - Rodriguez, Alicia

A study of significant aspects of culture and civilization in francophone countries. Topics may include: contemporary Africa, pre-colonial Africa, West Indian history and culture, and Canadian contemporary issues. Readings, discussion and papers in French further development of communication skills.

Histoire des idées

FREN 283 - Kamara, Mohamed

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.

 

Atelier avancé de langue, littérature et culture

FREN 295A - Roney, Kristina M.

A third-year topics or advanced grammar workshop. Recent offerings include: Les dossiers de la presse; Regards sur la ville. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

 

Etudes thématiques

FREN 331A - Roney, Kristina M.

This course gives students a general knowledge of the evolution of French literature and ideas over the centuries through the study of one main theme. Recent offerings include: L'Exil; Regards sur la ville; Le dépaysement; Le voyage dans la literature française; L'esprit critique au XVIIIe siècle. May be repeated for degree credit if the theme is different.

Winter 2022, FREN 331A-01: Etudes thématiques : Balzac & Money in 19th-Century France (3). Prerequisites: Three courses at the 200 level . In the early nineteenth century, Balzac endeavors to portray his contemporary society through a series of fictional novels and short stories that become known collectively as La Comédie humaine (1829-1848). Far surpassing the traditional functions of entertainment and diversion, his literature provides an historically accurate and detailed account of the intricacies of French society in the throes of a monumental shift from an agricultural to an industrial economy - a period when monetary power overtakes political and social preeminence. This course will explore the social impact of a burgeoning monetary and financial system. (HL) Roney.

 

La France moderne

FREN 342 - Roney, Kristina M.

Readings in French literature and civilization of the 19th and 20th centuries. Recent offerings include: La poésie moderne et contemporaine ; Théâtre de l'absurde-Théâtre de la dérision ; L'enfance et l'adolescence dans la prose française moderne. May be repeated for degree credit if the topic is different.

Séminaire avancé

FREN 397A - McCormick, Stephen P.

The in-depth study of a topic in French literature and/or civilization. Recent offerings include: La Littérature francophone du Maghreb; La littérature Beure; La France sous l'occupation; Les femmes et l'écriture au XVIIe siècle; Les écrivains du XXe siècle et la diversité culturelle; L'affaire Dreyfus. Students are encouraged to use this course for the development of a personal project. May be repeated for degree credit when the topics are different.

Winter 2022, FREN 397A-01:  Séminaire avancé: Heroes, Heroines and Villains in Old French Epic (3). Prerequisites: Three courses at the 200 level . In this course, students will investigate the world of Old French epic, one of the most popular genres of literature in the French Middle Ages. As is the case today with superhero fiction, the epic tales of medieval France were populated with recurring characters with superhuman capabilities, and the narrations became an opportunity to imagine new political realities, explore the consequences of good and bad government, and understand the supernatural and far-away. Originally memorized and sung by professional performers, the epics we will read were eventually written down and have thus survived the centuries because of their immense popularity. Students will encounter the most famous heroes, heroines and villains of Old French epic, as well as a series of other intriguing protagonists, marvelous creatures and objects: queens and princesses of the Far East, dragons, unicorns, flying horses, lions, and magic stones, rings and plants. A part of the course will also be devoted to introducing medieval French language (Old French) and reading small passages in the original. (HL) McCormick.

 

Fall 2021

See complete information about these courses in the course offerings database. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

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 - Kamara, Mohamed

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

Intermediate French I

FREN 161 - Roney, Kristina M.

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 - McCormick, Stephen P.

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

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 - Roney, Kristina M.

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.

La France moderne

FREN 342A - Radulescu, Domnica V.

Readings in French literature and civilization of the 19th and 20th centuries. Recent offerings include: La poésie moderne et contemporaine ; Théâtre de l'absurde-Théâtre de la dérision ; L'enfance et l'adolescence dans la prose française moderne. May be repeated for degree credit if the topic is different.

Fall 2021, FRENCH 342A-01: La France moderne : Surréalisme, existentialisme, postmodernisme dans la littérature française et francophone (3). Prerequisite: 3 courses at the 200 level. This course offers an exploration of the most groundbreaking intellectual and artistic movements of the 20th and 21st centuries in French and Francophone literatures from poetry to theater, to prose, and philosophical essay.  Among the authors studied are: Tristan Tzara, André Breton, Paul Eluard, Albert Camus, Marguerite Duras, Helene Cixous, Eugene Ionesco, Fernando Arrabal, Denise Boucher, Marie Cardinal and others. (HL) Radulescu.

La Francophonie

FREN 344B - Kamara, Mohamed

An analysis of styles, genres, and themes in relation to particular cultural contexts, as represented in literary works written in French by authors from countries other than France. Of particular interest is French language literature from Africa, the Caribbean, and Canada. May be repeated for degree credit if the topic is different.

Fall 2021, FRENCH 344B-01: La Francophonie: Le roman francophone à la première personne (3). Prerequisite: 3 courses at the 200-level. This course focuses on first person narratives including autobiographical, semi-autobiographical, as well as fictional texts. We shall examine the way the narrating subject represents herself/himself in the context of/in opposition to a collective entity or experience. Issues such as narrative technique, point of view, space and identity, subjectivity, and representation, will be addressed. Texts studied will be African, Quebecois, and Caribbean. (HL) Kamara.

Directed Individual Study

FREN 401 - Radulescu, Domnica V.

Nature and content of course to be determined by students' needs and by instructors acquainted with their earlier preparation and performance. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2021

We do not offer any courses this term.