French (FREN)

Major Courses

FREN A100 First-year French I 3 crs.

This course focuses on the fundamental structure of the french language. Development of the four basic skills - listening comprehension, speaking, reading, writing - are of primary concern.

FREN A101 First-year French II 3 crs.

This course is a continuation in appropriation of the four basic skills with emphasis on correct pronunciation and the acquisition of fundamental vocabulary.

Prerequisite: FREN A100 or placement

FREN A200 Second-year French I 3 crs.

Development of basic language skills continues with emphasis on grammar and the acquisition and use of new vocabulary in cultural contexts. Reading and discussion of articles and other writings are undertaken with grammatical exercises and short compositions based on cultural topics.

Prerequisite: FREN A101 or placement

FREN A201 Second-year French II 3 crs.

This course consists of readings and discussion in French of literary and cultural texts. Students write short essays based on the readings and demonstrate use of basic techniques of textual analysis through discussion and in writing.

Prerequisite: FREN A200 or placement

FREN A300 Advanced Grammar and Composition 3 crs.

This course reviews intensively the structure of the language and of idiomatic expressions. Daily translations and frequent original compositions are required.

Prerequisite: FREN A201 or placement

FREN A301 Advanced Conversation and Phonetics 3 crs.

In this course, students acquire an extensive working vocabulary and fluency through conversation, reading, and discussion of cultural texts. French phonetics and its application to the improvement of pronunciation are also studied.

Prerequisite: FREN A201 or placement

FREN A315 Analysis of French Texts 3 crs.

This course discusses specific techniques of intensive reading and analysis through an in-depth study of a variety of short texts in French chosen to represent various discourse styles, periods, genres, themes, and traditions from both French and Francophone cultural milieux. Special emphasis is on training students in the commentaire or explication de texte.

Prerequisite: FREN A201 or placement

FREN A320 Culture and Civilization I 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to French civilization from Lascaux and Gallo-Roman times to the 18th century. It includes the study of the geography of the French hexagon, from the centrality of Paris to the regionalism of the provinces. Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque art and music are discussed.

Prerequisite: FREN A201 or placement

FREN A321 Culture and Civilization II 3 crs.

This course is a study of the important historical, social and economic events beginning with the Revolution of 1789 to  the present. The nature and development of French aesthetics and artistic traditions in painting, sculpture, and music will be presented, along with current topics including education, and the politics of modern-day France.

Prerequisite: FREN A201 or placement

FREN A330 Introduction to French Literature I 3 crs.

This course is a survey of the major literary currents and principal authors from the Middle Ages through the 17th century.

Prerequisite: FREN A201 or placement

FREN A331 Introduction to French Literature II 3 crs.

This course is a survey of the major literary currents and principal authors of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Prerequisite: FREN A201 or the equivalent

FREN A351 Enlightenment and Pre-Romanticism 3 crs.

Major trends and ideas in 18th-century literature are examined. Emphasis is on the works of the philosophies and on the development of the novel.

Prerequisite: At least one 300-level course or the equivalent

FREN A352 19th-century Prose 3 crs.

This course involves readings in French theory and in the novels of Balzac, Flaubert, Sand, Stendhal, and Zola. 

Prerequisite: At least one 300-level course or the equivalent

FREN A353 20th-century Prose 3 crs.

This course involves readings in French theory and in the works of Bernanos, Butor, Camus, Gide, Malraux, Proust, and Sartre. 

Prerequisite: At least one 300-level course or the equivalent

FREN A354 Introduction to French Poetry 3 crs.

This course centers on the reading and analysis of poems reflecting the major currents in French poetry from Lamartine, Baudelaire, and Mallarmé to the more recent works of Perse and Ponge.

Prerequisite: At least one 300-level course or the equivalent

FREN A355 Introduction to French Theatre 3 crs.

This course is a chronological view of the development of French drama from its origins to the 20th century offering students an intensive study of representative dramatists and elements of the theatre.

Prerequisite: FREN A201 or the equivalent

FREN A480 Capstone 1 cr.

Capstone course required of all majors. Student work independently on a research paper in conjunction with a regular advanced course, and under the supervision of a professor. Capstone work should reflect the skills and knowledge the student has acquired as a Languages and Cultures major.

FREN A495 Special Topics credits vary

Students work independently on a research paper in conjunction with a regular advanced course, and under the supervision of a professor.  

FREN A496 Seminar/Workshop credits vary

A seminar is a supervised group of students sharing the results of their research on a common topic. A workshop is a supervised group of students participating in a common effort.

FREN A497 Internship/ Practicum credits vary

An internship is supervised practical experience. A practicum is supervised practical application of previously studied theory.

FREN A498 Senior Thesis credits vary

FREN A499 Independent Study credits vary

Advanced Common Curriculum

FREN O200 Louisiana Folklore 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts and Cultures

This course introduces the student to basic concepts about folklore, folklife, and folk art in a Louisiana context. Scholarly readings, class discussion, and guest speakers will create a frame for understanding the minority populations that make up the Louisiana cultural landscape. Students will learn basic folklore fieldwork skills for documenting folk traditions and oral history in their cultural contexts.