CoursesNotes about fall 2021 ROMS courses:
- All ROMS courses will be offered in-person: In-person classes are designed to allow students to participate in a safe classroom, and masks are required at all times. If you have questions about the in-person modality, please feel free to email the professor of the course you would like to take.
- While most classes will be scheduled to meet twice per week for 90 minutes (either Monday and Wednesday, or Tuesday and Thursday), language-level courses (numbered 10-30) will be scheduled four times per week, but students will not meet for the full 90 minutes each day.
For a full list of courses offered next semester, download the PDF brochure: French and Francophone Studies Course Offerings Fall 2021.
For a short introduction to each of our course offerings or language levels, click on the course title below.
Fall 2021 Courses
All students need permission to enroll in French Language Courses (FREN 10-106). They will appear to have an enrollment limit of 0 in WorkDay. Enrollment in these courses is processed via Wait List management by the Department Administrator and Director of the Language Program.
- Students currently enrolled in FREN language courses (FREN 10-105) will receive instructions about permission requests 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 permission for the appropriate language course.
- For more information about level placement, enrollment in ROMS courses, or the language requirement, please visit our FAQs page.
(1) M,T,W,Th 8:00 AM–9:30 AM, Harder (in-person)
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? Learners discover the basics of French language and culture while speaking, listening, reading, and writing about everyday situations in France and Francophone countries.
(1) M,T,W,Th 10:00 AM–11:30 AM, Nenciu (hybrid)
How does the attitude of a French student toward family and strangers differ from the experience of an American student? How do the French view work and vacation? Learners will deepen their knowledge of French and Francophone cultures while expanding their ability to speak, read, listen, and write in French.
(1) M,T,W,Th 10:00 AM–11:30 AM, Theobald (in-person)
(2) M,T,W,Th 12:00 PM–1:30 PM, Theobald (in-person)
Did you study French in the past and need more speaking and writing practice plus a grammar review? This Intermediate French class is for you! Exploring social “controversies” like sexism and globalization, it focuses on essential communication skills such as comprehension, contemporary vocabulary use, and conversational practice. Our materials include videos, music, websites, articles, and short stories.
(1) M,W 12:00 PM–1:30 PM, Harder (in-person)
Students advance their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, while focusing on key elements of French and Francophone cultures. Through the study of films, comics, current events, and cultural comparisons, we explore the ways in which French speakers' perceptions of time and history, as well as space and nature differ from our own. We also examine issues of globalization in the Francophone world.
(1) T,Th, 2:00 PM–3:30 PM, Theobald (in-person)
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 10:00 AM–11:30 AM, Fauré-Bellaïche (in-person)
Innovative strategies and online tools enable students to improve their creative and analytical writing skills. Students examine different types of texts, exploring their literary style, determining their authority, and exploring how words and images may move and manipulate readers and viewers.
Upper-Level Courses (above FREN 106)
(1) M,W 12:00 PM–1:30 PM, Fauré-Bellaïche (in-person)
This class looks at how novels, poems, films and other forms of cultural representations reflect larger social questions throughout the French-speaking world. Texts and films by modern and contemporary French and Francophone writers and directors, including Emmanuel Carrère, Céline Sciamma, Marjane Satrapi, Nathacha Appanah, Annie Ernaux, and Catherine Cusset.
(1) T,Th 2:00 PM–3:30 PM, Randall (in-person)
This class will look at how forms of cultural expression--from architecture to sonnets and odes--were used to create a sense of national and personal identity in the French Renaissance. We will look at how the poems, novellas, and essays of authors such as Joachim Du Bellay, Pierre de Ronsard, Marguerite de Navarre, Louise Labé, and Michel de Montaigne, the paintings and sculptures of artists like François Clouet and Francesco Primaticcio, and the buildings of architects like Philibert Delorme, were used to produce new forms of national and personal identity in the 16th century. We will also refer to modern authors such as Edouard Glissant to help us understand these developments from a modern point of view.
(1) M,W 2:00 PM–3:30 PM, Fauré-Bellaïche (in-person)
Introduces Francophone literature and film, retracing, through the works of great contemporary Francophone writers and directors, the evolution of the Francophone world, from the colonial struggles to the transcultural and transnational trajectories of our global era.
(1) T,Th 4:00 PM–5:30 PM, Randall (in-person)
Explores the relationship of identity formation and modern individualism in texts by writers working in France, Francophone Africa and Canada. Authors range from modern and contemporary writers Romain Gary, Dany Laferrière, Achille Mbembe, Alain Mabanckou, and Edouard Glissant to early-modern writers like Joachim Du Bellay and Michel de Montaigne.
Cross-listed with French and Francophone Studies
(1) T,Th 4:00 PM–5:30 PM, Dowden (in-person)
Explores the interrelationship of literature, music, painting, philosophy, and other arts in the era of high modernism. Works by Artaud, Baudelaire, Benjamin, Mann, Mahler, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Kandinsky, Schiele, Beckett, Brecht, Adorno, Sartre, Heidegger, and others.