The French Program offers courses in language, literature and culture that allow students to develop and expand their knowledge and understanding of the French-speaking world. Language courses focus on developing students' fluency in French, a process that continues through study abroad experiences and upper-level seminars. From introduction to film, literature, and culture courses through advanced topics courses, students deepen and broaden their awareness of the cultures and literatures of the French-speaking world. All our courses invite students to view cultural production as dynamic and inseparable from its socio-historical context. Throughout the French curriculum, students sharpen analytical skills and become familiar with key methodologies and theoretical concepts of the discipline. They develop their communication skills both through training in public speaking and in writing. Students become informed and critical readers of the texts and images that fill the world around them.
As these courses are sequential, students should begin their study of language in the fall semester.
These courses develop students’ fluency in French (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and cultural awareness of the French-speaking world. French 101 and 203 are offered every fall and French 102 and 204 are offered every spring.
This course introduces film analysis, enhances writing skills, provides in-depth advanced grammar review, and develops mastery of complex structures and vocabulary. Please note that this course is offered in the fall semester only.
Prerequisite: French 204 or placement.
French 207 through 211 introduce students to the study of the cultures and literatures of France and the Francophone world. While each course has a different focus, they are all equally challenging and may be taken in any order or number. We encourage students studying away in France during their junior year to take French 208 in the spring of their sophomore year. For the major in French, students must take at least one culture course (French 207 or 208) and one literature course (French 209, 210 or 211) at this level, or the equivalent in study abroad. French 207 and 209 are offered every fall and French 208, 210 and 211 are offered every spring.
These courses broaden and deepen students’ knowledge and understanding of French-speaking societies and cultures Students sharpentheir skills in cultural analysis. Francophone Cultures (French 207) introduces students to French-speaking countries outside of France and the histories of slavery and colonization that inform their complex identities today. Contemporary France through the Media (French 208) examines hot issues in France today through written and visual media and introduces students to the French political system and to key concepts for understanding contemporary France. Courses emphasize oral activities that help prepare students for study abroad in French-speaking countries.
Prerequisite: French 205 or placement.
These courses expose students to literary works of all genres in their socio-historical contexts. They develop students’ understanding of critical approaches to literary texts and their skill in textual analysis. These courses include an important writing component that helps prepare students for study abroad in French-speaking countries. French 209 and French 210 examine French literature from the medieval period through the French Revolution and from the 19th through 21st centuries respectively. French 211 examines works of French expression produced around the world in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Prerequisite: French 205 or placement.
These courses are seminars that bring together smaller groups of students to focus intensely on particular topics often linked to the professor’s areas of research. Throughout the semester, students take an active role in leading discussion of course material. They conduct independent work on topics of their choosing and share their findings with their peers.
Prerequisite: French 207 or 208 and French 209 or 210 or 211, or another 300-level course
Available to seniors who wish to work more closely on a particular topic on which they have conducted research. Students work with an advisor for whom their topic is an area of expertise.
Prerequisites: Application and project proposal approved by the Department, and at least one French course at the 300 level.
Students doing an honors project must be enrolled in another French course throughout the duration of the project.
Please see specific course listings for more detailed descriptions of individual course offerings.