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FREN 1110: ELEMENTARY FRENCH I (4 credits)

The course teaches the understanding, speaking, reading and writing functional French for beginners and provides an introduction to the cultures of French-speaking countries. Also offered in Weekend College; meets every week.

FREN 1120: ELEMENTARY FRENCH II (4 credits)

The course is a continuation of FREN 1110. Also offered in Weekend College; meets every week. Prerequisites: FREN 1110 or its equivalent.

FREN 2110: INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I (4 credits)

This course involves understanding, speaking, reading and writing functional French at a more advanced level. Also offered in Weekend College; meets every week. Prerequisites: FREN 1120 or its equivalent.

FREN 2120: INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II (4 credits)

This is a fourth semester language class in which you improve your writing, reading and communication in French through an intensive grammar review, vocabulary building exercises, and literary and cultural readings. Prerequisites: FREN 2110 or its equivalent.

FREN 3050: FRENCH COMPOSITION I (4 credits)

A writing-intensive introduction to multiple genres of French writing with the goals of improving written and spoken expression, expanding vocabulary, acquiring proofreading skills, and developing critical and stylistic techniques. Prerequisites: FREN 2120 or its equivalent.

FREN 3060: INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY ANALYSIS (4 credits)

This course is an introduction to the analysis of French literature. You learn to read and write critically on a variety of literary forms such as poetry, drama, essay, short story, and novel. Prerequisites: FREN 3050 or permission of instructor.

FREN 3130: SURVEY OF FRENCH LITERATURE I (4 credits)

This course is an exploration of the vision du monde in French literary landmarks from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Prerequisites: FREN 3050 and 3060 or instructor permission.

FREN 3140: SURVEY OF FRENCH LITERATURE II (4 credits)

This course is a further exploration of the vision du monde in French literary landmarks of the 18th through 20th centuries. Prerequisites: FREN 3050 and 3060 or instructor permission.

FREN 3250: INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE CULTURES (4 credits)

This course is an introduction to French and francophone cultures and civilizations. You acquire basic knowledge of French/francophone cultures and history. Art, film, current event topics and phonetics are included. Prerequisites: FREN 3050/3060 or its equivalent.

FREN 4850: SENIOR SEMINAR or SENIOR PROJECT (4 credits)

French majors must choose between a senior seminar OR a final (honors) project. Either option chosen counts as fulfilling the senior seminar four-credit requirement. Option one: Senior seminar on French women's literature across the ages. Option two: Final (honors) project is an independent student project — academic and/or creative — on a topic related to French. The departmental chair must approve this project, and if the student chooses to combine this project with her honors degree, she must have her final honors project topic approved by both the honors program and French department chair. Prerequisites: FREN 3140 and instructor approval, French majors only.

FREN 4994/2994: TOPICS (4 credits)

The subject matter of the course is announced in the annual schedule of classes. FREN 4994 is taught in French unless joined with FREN 2994. FREN 2994 can be cross-listed with another department and is taught in English. Content varies from year to year. Prerequisites: FREN 2120 or its equivalent.