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1101. Elementary French I

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have had three or more years of high school French, FREN 1162, 1163, 1164, 173, 1174 or 1175, or any 2000 level or higher course taught in French. RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses.

Grading Basis: Graded

Elementary French grammar. Emphasis on speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Cultural and social content reinforces the linguistic skills taught in every class.

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1102. Elementary French II

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: FREN 1101 or permission of the Language Coordinator. Not open for credit to students who have had three or more years of high school French. RHAG students max 22 credits of 1000 level.

Grading Basis: Graded

Elementary French grammar. Emphasis on speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Cultural and social content reinforces the linguistic skills taught in every class.

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1103. Intermediate French I

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: FREN 1102 or two years of high school French or permission of Language Coordinator. Cannot be taken after FREN 1164, 1175 or any 2000 level or above course taught in French. This course and FREN 1174 cannot both be taken for credit.

Grading Basis: Graded

Continuation of FREN 1102. Review and extension of French grammar. Graded composition. Intensive and extensive reading. Intensive oral practice. Cultural and social content reinforce the linguistic skills taught in every class.

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1104. Intermediate French II

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: FREN 1103 or two years of high school French or permission of Language Coordinator. Cannot be taken after any 2000 level or above course taught in French. This course and FREN 1175 cannot both be taken for credit.

Grading Basis: Graded

Continuation of FREN 1103. Review and extension of French grammar. Graded composition. Intensive and extensive reading. Intensive oral practice. Cultural and social content reinforce the linguistic skills taught in every class.

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1169. Modernity in Crisis: France and the Francophone World From 1850 to Today

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

A cultural history of France and its colonial empire through political, social, artistic and literary revolutions and scandals. Topics include: Impressionism and the shock of the new, the Eiffel Tower scandal, Nazi occupation and the resistance, U.S. cultural imperialism, feminism, immigration and the crisis of national identity. Taught in English. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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1171. French Cinema

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

Weekly screenings of French films from the first comedies and surrealism to the New Wave and the young filmmakers of the 1990's. Introduction to film history, analysis, and interpretation of films. Readings, viewings and lectures in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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1176. Literature and Cultures of the Postcolonial Francophone World

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Evolution of literatures and cultures formerly under French colonial rule. Language, identity, religion, art and politics as they shape these societies' passage to cultural autonomy. Taught in English. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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1177. Magicians,Witches,Wizards:Parallel Beliefs&Popular Culture in France

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

The search for traces of a counter culture which grew out of pagan beliefs and remained latent despite the domination of Christianity from the Middle Ages to modern times. Tales of magic and witchcraft, as presented by texts and films. The evolution of exemplary figures like Merlin or Nostradomus. Taught in English. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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1193. Foreign Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special topics taken in a foreign study program. May be repeated for credit.

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3101. French for Engineering I

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to dual-degree French and Engineering students; instructor consent required. Recommended preparation: FREN 1103 or equivalent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Provides dual-degree French and Engineering students with the technical and scientific vocabulary needed to discuss a wide variety of topics in engineering.

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3102. French for Engineering II

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to dual-degree French and Engineering students; instructor consent required. Recommended preparation: FREN 1103 or equivalent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Provides dual-degree Engineering and French students more advanced vocabulary, methods, and field-specific knowledge. Students will learn to describe scientific processes, to follow scientific presentations in French, and to create preparation and evaluation materials for these presentations.

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3103. French for Engineering III

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to dual-degree French and Engineering students; instructor consent required. Recommended preparation: FREN 1103 or equivalent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Provides dual-degree Engineering and French students more advanced vocabulary, methods, and field-specific knowledge. Students will learn to describe scientific processes, to follow presentations in French, to do research to create preparation materials for their interviews with engineers. Students will also learn practical job-seeking skills, including practice with French-style CVs, job letters and interviews.

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3210. French Art and Civilization

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: FREN 1164 or 1175 or 3 years high school French or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Studies of the arts in the cultural context of French and Francophone civilization, from the Middle Ages to the late nineteenth century. Considerations of social systems, passions, sexuality, relations of power in their manifestations in architecture, painting and sculpture. Some lectures by and discussions with experts from Anthropology, Music, Political Science, History, and Art History. CA 1.

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3211. Contemporary France

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: FREN 1164 or 1175 or 3 years high school French or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

An historical and cultural overview of France in the 20th and 21st centuries: from D-Day to the European Union, from Communism to the Green Party, from ballad crooners to rap, from love stories to action films; the changing French nation through authentic documents, literary texts, and films. CA 1. CA 4-INT. GEOC

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3215. Practical Translation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: FREN 3267 or 3268 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Acquaints students with the practical aspect of translating by working on a variety of articles on politics, science, business, and the arts.

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3216. Advanced Translation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FREN 3215 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Translation of texts from the press, contemporary literature, film, and media. This level of translation requires the completion of an individual project.

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3217. Business French

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: FREN 1164 or 1175 or 3 years high school French or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

French and international business, from day-to-day entrepreneurial operations to the new European economy and globalization. Preparation for the Diplome de Francais des Affaires given by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Recommended for those interested in working in international business and institutions.

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3218. Francophone Studies

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: FREN 3210 or 3211 or 3261 or 3262 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

The literatures, societies, and cultures of French-speaking countries in North Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific and of Francophone communities of Europe and North America. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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3220. Theater Studies

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: FREN 3261 or 3262 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

A study of French dramatic texts and genres (tragedy, comedy, etc.). Popular theatre. The theory and practice of performance in contemporary France. The semiotics of stage production. Use of audio-visual material.

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3221. Forms and Topics in French Fiction

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: FREN 3261 or 3262 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

A study of literary forms in prose in their social and cultural contexts. Forms include: classic psychological novel, classic and contemporary science-fiction, the realist novel, the fantastic short story, the new novel, detective fiction, electronic fiction.

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3222. Poetry

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: FREN 1164 or 1175 or 3 years high school French or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examples of poetry of different epochs ranging from the epic to the lyric to the limerick.

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3223. French Film and Theory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: FREN 3210 or 3211 or 3261 or 3262 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

French and Francophone film and its aesthetic and social function. Evolution of film language and the relation of film to literature and to other cultural expressions. May be offered in English or in French.

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3224. Issues in Cultural Studies, the Media, and the Social Sciences

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: FREN 3211 or instructor consent. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 credits.

Grading Basis: Graded

The economics of the media industry, mass audiences and new technologies, the marketing of culture, French nationalism and the global market, electronic democracy, the politics of food and addictions, ethics and new forms of human reproduction. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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3226. French and Francophone Cinema

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FREN 3210 or 3211 or 3261 or 3262 or instructor consent

Grading Basis: Graded

Moments and themes in the history of French and Francophone cinema, studied chronologically.

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3231. Renaissance and Reformation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: FREN 3261 or 3262 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Literary works from the sixteenth century in their cultural context: the secularization of daily life, passions, religious violence, the changing roles of women and reconceptualizations of sexuality, representations of the body, the relationship to Greco-Roman Antiquity; the relationship to the "Other," the "New World."

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3234. Romanticism, Realism, Fin de Siecle: 19th-Century Literature

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: FREN 3261 or 3262 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

The literary and artistic innovations that made France the center of 19th-century culture. The Fantastic, Realism, Naturalism, and Decadence. CA 1.

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3235. French Modernity

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: FREN 3261 or 3262 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

A portrait of France in the 20th Century through contemporary French literature: exoticism, sexuality, war, colonialism, feminism, end of the century, related films and works of art. CA 1.

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3250. Global Culture French I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: FREN 1164 or 1175 or 3 years high school French or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Intense study of oral French. Learning of oral techniques of communication in conjunction with weekly topics of conversation associated with various francophone cultures. Rigorous and active oral practice through dialogues, interviews, roundtables, and oral reports.

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3251. Global Culture French II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: Four years high school French or FREN 3250 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Extensive practice in oral French based mainly on authentic cultural materials. Emphasis on perfecting language skills for self expression and communication, on developing new vocabulary, and on recognizing and workiing with linguistic differences associated with various francophone cultures.

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3257. French Phonetics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: FREN 1164 or 1175 or 3 years high school French or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

A comprehensive study of the French phonetic system. Practice pronouncing French as the French do in a wide array of contexts.

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3261W. From the Holy Grail to the Revolution: Introduction to Literature

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: FREN 1164 or 1175 or three years of high school French or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Texts from the Middle Ages to the 18th Century, including the Arthurian legend, Renaissance poetry, Classical theater, and the philosophy of the Enlightenment in the cultural context in which they were produced. CA 1.

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3262W. From the Romantics to the Moderns: Introduction to Literature

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: FREN 1164 or 1175 or three years of high school French or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Study of poetry, theater and prose fiction that marks the evolution from the psychology of the romantic hero and heroine to Existentialist philosophy and the New Novel, and contemporary fiction and poetry. CA 1.

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3267. Grammar and Culture

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: FREN 1164 or 1175 or 3 years high school French or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

The study of French and Francophone culture through fiction, non-fiction, journalism and film. Emphasis on perfecting both oral and written expression through discussion, presentations, and composition on assigned topics. CA 1.

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3268. Grammar and Composition

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: FREN 1164 or 1175 or 3 years high school French or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Advanced study of French texts and extensive written practice in a variety of forms ranging from compositions, essays, summaries and film reviews. CA 1.

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3268W. Grammar and Composition

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended preparation: FREN 1164 or 1175 or three years of high school French or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Advanced study of French texts and extensive written practice in a variety of forms ranging from compositions, essays, summaries and film reviews. CA 1.

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3269. Advanced French Grammar

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: FREN 3268 or equivalent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Intensive course in French grammar through a variety of fictional and non-fictional texts.

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3270W. French Literature and Civilization in English

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Representative works of French literature, on a particular theme. How literary forms articulate the ideas and values of different periods. CA 1.

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3272. French Literary Theory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: FREN 3268 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to French literary theory, as informed by linguistics, semiotics, historical materialism, psychoanalysis, philosophy, feminist studies, postmodernism and postcolonialism. Critical practice applied to French and Francophone literatures, popular culture, advertising, the media, electronic writing.

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3274. French Cultural Studies

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: FREN 3261 or 3262 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

French and Francophone cultures and societies. Themes and topics include: sexuality and politics, education and violence, France and the USA, France and Africa, French multiculturism, French music (including rap), cities and "banlieues," social and cultural effects of globalization.

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3280. Fiction and Nonfiction by French and Francophone Women

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: FREN 3261 or 3262 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3293. Foreign Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special topics taken in a foreign study program. May be repeated for credit. Consent of Department Head required, normally to be granted prior to the student's departure. May count toward the major with consent of the advisor.

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3295. Special Topics

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3298. Variable Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3299. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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