Before you enroll in French language courses (FREN 10–106):


1. Students currently enrolled in FREN language courses (FREN 10-105) will receive instructions about consent code distribution before the beginning of registration.

2. All others should email Professor Harder ( as soon as possible with a description of their background in French, including classes taken, standardized test scores, and/or other exposure to the language. She will reply with further instructions about obtaining a consent code for the appropriate language course.

Fall 2015 French and Francophone Studies Courses

Schedule information is tentative. Please see registrar/schedule/classes/2015/Fall/2400/all/ for current listings.


FREN 10A Beginning French
(1) M,W,Th,F 9:00–9:50, Nenciu
(2) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50; F 12:30–1:20, Nenciu
Prerequisite: Consent code required. Students with no previous knowledge of French and those with a minimal background, please see instructions in bar to right.
What do Montréal, Paris, and Dakar have in common? What are the rules regarding how many times one kisses a friend on the cheeks? Why is France called l’Hexagone? This course will introduce learners to French language and culture and will help them speak, listen, read, and write about everyday situations in France and Francophone countries.

FREN 20B Continuing French
(1) M,W,Th,F 10:00–10:50, Voiret
(2) M,W,Th,F 11:00–11:50, Voiret
Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in FREN 10a or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
How do the French perceive space? How does the experience of an American student differ from that of a French student in high school and university? How do the French plaisirs de la table differ from American attitudes toward food? Learners will deepen their knowledge of French and Francophone cultures while expanding their ability to speak, read, listen, and write in French.

FREN 32A Intermediate French: Conversation
(1) M,W,Th,F 9:00–9:50, Theobald
(2) M,W,Th,F 10:00–10:50, Theobald
(3) M,W,Th,F 11:00–11:50, Nenciu
Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in FREN 20b or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
Did you study French in the past and feel now that what you need most is to be able to speak? The French Conversation class is for you! It will focus on oral communication skills: pronunciation, oral comprehension, acquisition of common vocabulary, and conversational practice. Our materials will include radio and television programs, film, and newspapers.

FREN 104B Advanced Language Skills through Culture
(1) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Fauré-Bellaïche
Prerequisite: A 30-level FREN course or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
Students advance their study of the French language and culture by continuing to hone speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. We will focus on contemporary youth and pop cultures through the exploration of a wide variety of materials including films, articles, songs, and graphic novels as well as touch upon the position of France and French-speaking countries in the world.

FREN 105A France Today: French Conversation
(1) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Theobald
Prerequisite: A 30-level FREN course, FREN 104b, or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
Improve your speaking skills while learning about and discussing socio–cultural issues that distinguish the French view of the world from that of Americans. Students will focus on expressing themselves better orally while continuing their work on reading, listening, and writing.

FREN 106B The Art of Composition
(1) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Voiret
Prerequisite: FREN 104b, FREN 105a, or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
Study of French composition through analysis of passages from novels, poems, short stories and newspaper articles. Emphasis will be placed on techniques of writing in French, such as dissertation and explication de texte.

FREN 110A Cultural Representations—Individual and Community
(1) M,W 2:00–3:20, Fauré-Bellaïche
Prerequisite: FREN 106b or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
We will retrace the genealogy of the modern individual through major works of French and Francophone Literature, from the Middle Ages to our contemporary global world. We will focus in particular on the way the texts negotiate the relationship between the individual and the community, with particular attention devoted to the complicated interaction between social and literary forms. Authors include: Marie de France, Molière, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Charles Baudelaire, André Gide, Aimé Césaire & Wouajdi Mouawad. Films by François Truffaut & Denis Villeneuve.

FREN 136B Necessity and Freedom in French Literature
(1) M,W,Th 11:00–11:50, Randall
Prerequisite: FREN 106b or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
Explores the relationship of necessity and human freedom in French literary texts and film. We will especially be interested in how individuals express their freedom in face of what often seems an implacable necessity. Authors studied include Pascal, Guillaume de Lorris, Sartre, Camus, Racine and Corneille as well as the filmmaker, Eric Rohmer.

FREN 180A L’exception française: The Paradox of French Singularity in a Global World
(1) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Harder
Prerequisite: FREN 106b or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
We explore what is known as the “exception française,” as it manifests itself today and its historical underpinnings. We look at both the highs and lows of the French understanding of culture and commerce in an increasingly globalized world.


FA 155A Impressionism: Avant-Garde Rebellion in Context
(1) M,W 2:00–3:20, Scott
Focuses on the major artists from the period 1863 - 1886, from the time of Manet and the Salon des Refusés through the eight group exhibitions of Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cézanne, Pissarro, Morisot, and Cassatt and company. The antithesis of impressionism, its academic rivals, the backdrop of the sociopolitical context, the Second Empire, and the Third Republic will be provided, as well as the roots of the movement's dissolution.

HIST 133A Politics of the Enlightenment
(1) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Hulliung
An examination of the doctrine of national rights, its significance in the contemporary world, its historical development, and its role in revolutionary politics. The English and French Declarations of 1689, 1776, and 1789 will be compared and contrasted.

HIST 192B Romantic and Existentialist Political Thought
(1) M,W,Th 10:00–10:50, Hulliung
Readings from Camus, Sartre, Beckett, and others. Examination and criticism of romantic and existentialist theories of politics.

HOID 102B Knowledge and Power
(1) T,Th 2:00–3:20, Gamsby
What is the relationship between knowledge and power? Using the work of Michel Foucault as a foundation, this course will explore the interweaving effects of power and knowledge in institutions and their systems of thought.

Schedule information is tentative. Please see /registrar/schedule/classes/2015/Fall/2400/all/ for current listings.