Please see the Registrar's Schedule of Classes for schedule information.
All students need a consent code to enroll in French Language Courses (FREN 10-106).
- Students currently enrolled in FREN language courses (FREN 10-105) will receive instructions about consent code distribution before the beginning of registration.
- 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.
Spring 2019 Courses
(1) M,W,Th,F 9:00–9:50, Harder
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.
(1) M,W,Th,F 10:00–10:50, Voiret
(2) M,W,Th,F 11:00–11:50, Voiret
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.
(1) M,W,Th,F 10:00–10:50, Staff
(2) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50; F 12:30–1:20, Staff
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.
(1) M,W,Th 10:00–10:50, Harder
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.
(1) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Theobald
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.
(1) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Staff
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.
(1) M,W.Th 12:00–12:50, Randall
The "Republic" analyzes how the republican ideal of the citizen devoid of religious, ethnic, or gender identity has fared in different Francophone political milieux (France, Ivory Coast, Canada, and European Union). Course involves understanding how political institutions such as constitutions, parliaments, and court systems interact in modern societies in which religious, ethnic, and gender identities play important roles.
(1) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Theobald
Considers plays and films from the last sixty years that have probed the tensions at the heart of Québécois culture to provide a violent counterpart to the sexual, political, and generational "Révolution tranquille" of the 1960s and 1970s.
(1) M,W 2:00–3:20, Voiret
Introduces students to the major trends in French cinema since the forties (New Wave, "cinema du Look," feminist cinema, cartoons, "comédie à la française," beur cinema, etc.) Students will learn the critical vocabulary necessary to describe the formal aspects of film and to analyze films from a variety of theoretical approaches. Films will also be viewed as cultural products influenced by their social, political contexts and their modes of production and diffusion ("l'exception française.")
Cross-Listed with French and Francophone Studies
(1) M,W 3:30–4:50, Randall
This is a Writing Intensive course.
Investigates how the paradigm of what we know as modernity came into being. We will look at the works of writers and philosophers such as Descartes, Aquinas, Dante, Ockham, Petrarch, Ficino, Rabelais, and Montaigne. Artwork from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance will be used to understand better what "the modern" means.