French Language Courses

The following courses emphasize the development of linguistic skills, speaking, understanding, reading and writing French. Students with previous study of French should take a proficiency exam for placement at the proper level. These courses satisfy the general curricular requirement for foreign languages.

50:420:101 Elementary French I (R) (4)
Lab attendance required. For students with no knowledge of French or with no more than two years of high school French. Entering students with previous French study will be placed according to the results of a proficiency exam. Students with three or more years of French in high school may not take 101 for credit.
Lays a foundation for speaking, understanding, reading, and writing the language.

50:420:102 Elementary French II (R) (4)
Prerequisite: 50:420:101 or equivalent. Lab attendance required. For students with little knowledge of French or with no more than three years of high school French. Entering students will be placed according to the results of a proficiency exam. Students with more than three years of French in high school may not take 102 for credit. Note that 102 (109 for evening students) is the minimum level for fulfilling the college general degree requirement in foreign languages.
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50:420:108 Elementary French I (R) (3)
Lab attendance required. For students with no knowledge of French or with no more than two years of high school French. Entering students with previous French study will be placed according to the results of a proficiency exam. Students with three or more years of French in high school may not take 108 for credit. This course is only available at night.
Lays a foundation for speaking, understanding, reading, and writing the language.

50:420:109 Elementary French II (R) (3)
Prerequisite: 50:420:108 or equivalent. Lab attendance required. For students with little knowledge of French or with no more than three years of high school French. Entering students will be placed according to the results of a proficiency exam. Students with more than three years of French in high school may not take 109 for credit. Note that 109 (102 for day students) is the minimum level for fulfilling the college general degree requirement in foreign languages.
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50:420:131 Intermediate French I (R) (3)
Prerequisite: 50:420:102 or 50:420:109 or equivalent or sufficient score on proficiency examination. Completes the study of basic French grammar, provides an introduction to reading short prose texts, with oral practice and review.

50:420:132 Intermediate French II (R) (3)
Prerequisite: 50:420:131 or equivalent. Continuation of 50:420:131. Review of French grammar, further reading of French prose texts, with practice in speaking and writing.

50:420:203, 204 French Composition and Conversation I, II (3, 3)
Prerequisite: 50:420:132 or equivalent.
Constant practice in speaking and writing, with stress on developing an adequate vocabulary and idiom in the discussion of subjects related to French society and culture.

50:420:321 Advanced Grammar and Stylistics (3)
Prerequisite: 50:420:204, or 50:420:202, or permission of instructor.
A study of advanced French grammar and continued practice in writing, with emphasis on analyzing style in representative French writers. Attention to diction, phonetics, and special problems, as required.

50:420:322 Advanced Composition and Conversation (3)
Prerequisite: 50:420:204, or 50:420:202, or permission of instructor.
Conversation and composition in French on cultural, historical, literary, social and other aspects of French civilization.

French Literature and Civilizations Courses

These courses are conducted in French and are open only to students with demonstrated ability in the French language. These courses satisfy the general curricular requirement of one term of a foreign language or literature, as well as that of Global Studies.

50:420:201,202 Modern French Readings I, II (G) (3, 3)
Prerequisite: 50:420:132, 50:420:204, or equivalent.
Oral and written practice continued. Extended reading of medium-length works and excerpts from French writers of the 19th and 20th centuries, with discussion of their significance.

50:420:211 Aspects of French Culture                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Prerequisite: 50:420:132, 50:420:204, or equivalent.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Study of significant events in contemporary France, from media to culture and politics. Special attention will be given to helping students with written expression. 

50:420: 212 Aspects of Francophone Culture                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Study of French-speaking cultures through films and literature, focusing on significant social and historical events in the Francophone world. 

50:420:307 The French Film in French (G) (3)
Prerequisite:50:420:132, or 50:420:202, or 50:420:204, or equivalent.May be taken as part of a minor in film studies.
Study of major French films of the 20th century, with some emphasis on the historical and cultural background. Includes filmmakers from the post-war period, the New Wave, and the postmodern era.

50:420:310 Introduction to Francophone Literature                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Study of the French-speaking world through the diversity of its literature. From Western, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb, to the province of Quebec, the Caribbean and the former French colonies of Southeast Asia, this course offers you a panoramic vision of the world through the eyes of writers of French in a variety of sociocultural contexts and genres. 

50:420:336 The Modern French Novel (G) (3)
Prerequisite: 50:420:202, or 50:420:204, or equivalent.
Reading and discussion of major French novels of the 19th and 20th centuries, with some emphasis on the historical and cultural background. Includes such authors as Balzac, Gide, Colette, Sartre, and Camus.

50:420:342 The Modern French Drama (G) (3)
Prerequisite: 50:420:202, or 50:420:204 or equivalent.
Study of the French theater through reading and discussion of selected plays from the 19th century to the present time including authors such as Musset, Rostand, Sartre, Ionesco, and Genet.

50:420:353, 354 Individual Study in French (G) (BA,BA) (1-3)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Independent study guided by a member of the faculty, intended to provide opportunity for advanced students to investigate areas not covered in the regular curriculum.

50:420:360 French Civilization (G) (3)
Prerequisite: 50:420:132 or equivalent when conducted in French. May be given in English; language announced during preregistration.
Historical study of the people and culture of France and an examination of French values and attitudes as seen in the literature, arts, politics of the country, and in France’s relationship to the rest of the world.

50:420:391, 392 French Studies: Special Topics (3, 3)
The topic announced during preregistration treats a particular topic related to French/Francophone cultures or to a historical period.

50:420:421 Prelude to Revolution (G) (3)
Prerequisites: 50:420:202, or 204 or permission of instructor.
Reading of major works of the classical era and their relationship to political and cultural trends, including such authors as Corneille, Molière, Voltaire, and Rousseau. Additional focus on history, painting and architecture.

50:420:441 The Age of Machines (G) (3)
Prerequisites: 50:420:202, or 204 or permission of instructor.
Focus on major literary movements of the 19th century and their relationship to political and cultural trends. Study of selected works by such authors as Hugo, Sand, Balzac, Baudelaire, Flaubert and Zola. Additional focus on history, painting and architecture.

50:420:451 Changing Times (G) (3)
Prerequisites: 50:420:202, or 204 or permission of instructor.
Study of major works of the 20th century by such authors as Gide, Giraudoux, Sartre, Camus, Duras and others. Additional focus on history, painting and film.

50:420:495,496 Honors Program in French (G) (3, 3)
Prerequisite: Permission of department chairperson.

Courses in English

The following courses are given in English translation; all readings, lectures, classes, assignments and tests are in English. These courses are open to all students, and they may be used to satisfy the general curricular requirements in Literature and Global Studies. Students must complete the English composition requirement before taking these courses. Students wanting to take these courses for credit toward a French major or minor must meet the conditions described above under Major and Minor Requirements.

50:420:240, 241 French Studies in English Translation: Special Topics (3, 3)
The topic announced during preregistration treats a particular theme or genre in French literature.

50:420:243.Francophone Literature in English Translation (3)
This course may be taken as part of a major in African-American Studies.
A study of the Francophone literature of Africa, the Caribbean, and North America. Reading and discussion of selected works in prose, poetry, and drama by representative writers of French expression in English translation. Topics include Negritude, the place of Quebec in the French-speaking world, the treatment of African women in literature, the search for minority identity, and others.

50:420:244 Women in French Literature in English Translation (3)
This course may be taken as part of a minor in Women’s Studies.
A study of major French works by and/or about women, by such writers as Molière, Balzac, De Charrière, Colette and Duras.

50:420:245 Crime Fiction in French Literature in English Translation (3)
This course may be taken as part of a major in Criminal Justice.
Using short novels and films, the course looks at the way crime and justice have been represented in French literature from the eighteenth century until the present. Ideas covered will include the bandit as folk hero, the aristocratic lawbreaker, the criminal as victim of society and as monstrous genius, crimes of passion, police in literature, the genre of the detective novel, courtrooms, and images of policing in modern society. Reading includes works by authors such as Diderot, Balzac, Hugo, Mérimée, Mauriac, Simenon, Camus and others, and a selection of French films are shown.

50:420:305, 306 French Film in English Translation (3, 3)
These courses may be taken as part of a minor in Film Studies.
Survey of the history of French cinema from its beginnings to the present day. Analysis and interpretation of selected film masterpieces by major French filmmakers.

50:420:360 French Civilization. (3)
May be given in French; language announced during preregistration.
Historical study of the people and culture of France and an examination of French values and attitudes as seen in the literature, arts, politics of the country, and in France’s relationship to the rest of the world.

50:420:391, 392 French Studies in English Translation: Special Topics (3, 3)
The topic announced during preregistration treats a particular topic related to French/Francophone culture or to a historical period.