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FRE101 - Elementary French I
For the student without previous knowledge of French. The development of the fundamentals of correct idiomatic French. Instruction in basic audio-lingual comprehension, sentence structure, reading, writing and speaking. Classroom instruction is supplemented by laboratory study and practice. Three class-hours each week and one hour language laboratory per week. (3 crs.)
FRE102 - Elementary French II
A continuation of French 101. Three class-hours each week and one language laboratory hour per week. Prerequisite: FRE 101 or one year of high school French. (3 crs.)
FRE203 - Intermediate French I
A continuation of French 102. Three class hours each week and one language laboratory-hour per week. Prerequisite: FRE 102 or two years of high school French. (3 crs.)
FRE204 - Intermediate French II
Continuation of French 203. Oral-aural work continues but is accompanied by a development of reading skill through discussion of selected prose and poetry. Three class-hours and one hour language laboratory each week. Prerequisite: FRE 203 or equivalent. (3 crs.)
FRE311 - French Conversation, Composition and Phonetics I
Cultural themes as a basis for idiomatic conversation and discussions. Written compositions are assigned to teach the student how to write correct French. The course also provides a systematic study of the sounds and sound patterns of the French language. Three class-hours and one hour language laboratory each week. Prerequisite: FRE 204. (3 crs.) Fall.
FRE312 - French Conversation, Composition and Phonetics II
Continuation of French 311 on a more advanced level as reflected in conversation, composition and exercises in phonetic transcription. Prerequisite: FRE 311. (3 crs.) Spring.
FRE341 - The 17th Century and the Classical Age
This course surveys the evolution of French culture from the early 17th century or the Baroque (1600-1640) to the classical period (1640 to the end of the century). The course seeks to introduce the student to the history of French thought in the Splendid Century. While it follows sociological, political, philosophical and historical developments to a certain degree, its primary emphasis is on the artistic domains of literature, music, architecture and the visual arts of the period. In so doing, this course illustrates the ways in which France has been influenced by its rich cultural heritage. (3 crs.) Alternate years.
FRE342 - The Eighteenth Century and Enlightenment
This course surveys the evolution of French culture throughout the Age of Enlightenment, when scientific discovery and new historical methods acted as agents of change upon traditional foundations of belief. We will consider how these changes affected French thought, especially in the artistic domains of literature, music, architecture and the visual arts of the period. The course will introduce the student to this age of criticism and reconstruction, an age viewed as the crisis of the European mind and gave birth to the philosophe, or philosopher, one who was not only involved with the theories but with social reform as well. These reforms in human institutions and thought will be shown to terminate in the revolution of 1789 and the end of the Ancient Regime.
FRE343 - Age of French Romanticism
This course surveys the evolution of French culture throughout the Romantic movement, which permeated the sensibility of the young in France and which reached a true flowering in the nineteenth century, particularly from 1820 to 1845. Both the precursors and the masters of this movement are considered through a study of the artistic expression of the times.
FRE344 - The Age of French Realism: The Second Empire to the Aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War
This course surveys the evolution of French culture during the Age of Realism, including the Franco-Prussian War, positivism and its aftermath. This period encompasses the dictatorship of Napoleon III, a monarchy marked by material success among the middle class and by disappointment and pessimism among thinkers, writers, and artists. This course considers the artistic achievements of the period within the framework of the sociological, political, and historical setting. It studies certain schools of art (Realism, Impressionism and Naturalism) and seeks to illustrate how these movements of artistic expression manifested themselves in the principal works of literature, philosophy, music, and the visual arts.
FRE345 - The Birth of the Modern French Culture in the Arts: 1900-World War II
This course surveys the evolution of French culture from 1900, the time of the Belle Époque, or Beautiful Period, at the turn of the century, to the advent of the Second World War. While the course follows the sociological, political and historical developments of the period, it puts emphasis on the artistic ramifications of this period of conflict and rapid change. The interwar years are treated in all their artistic output, especially in interwar theater, fiction and the presence of the school of Surrealism in poetry, fiction, theater and art.
FRE346 - Contemporary French Culture in the Arts Since World War II
This course surveys the evolution of French culture from the Occupation and Vichy Regime in France to the present day. It seeks to introduce the student to the literature, philosophy, music, films and visual arts of the period, which reveal the rich cultural heritage of France. As an orientation to the cultural arts, consideration will be given to the impact which important geographical, social and historical elements had upon them. (3 crs.) Alternate years.
FRE347 - Francophone Africa
This course examines Francophone Africa from a literary, socio-political, and artistic perspective. The focusis on representative works illustrating the African traditions and identity embodied in the concept of“Négritude.” It also looks closely at French colonization in Africa and the transition from Pre-Independenceto Post Independence.
FRE348 - Francophone Canada
This course examines Francophone Canada from a literary, socio-political, and artistic perspective. The focusis on representative works illustrating the French Canadian language and culture. It also looks closely at theQuebec separatist movement and the Quiet Revolution, a period of intense socio-political and cultural change.
FRE401 - Advanced Composition: Grammar and Stylistics
An in-depth grammatical analysis of the French language through intensive practice in oral exercises and written compositions. It is required of all French majors in Liberal Arts as well as those seeking a teacher-certification degree or certification in French. Prerequisite: FRE 312. (3 crs.) Alternate fall.
FRE421 - Survey of French Literature I
An introduction to French literature from the Middle Ages to 1800 through an examination of representative novels, plays and poems of the period. Three class-hours each week. Prerequisite: FRE 401 (3 crs.) Alternate fall.
FRE422 - Survey of French Literature II
An introduction to French literature from 1800 to the present through an examination of representative novels, plays and poems of the period. Three class-hours each week. Prerequisite: FRE 421 (3 crs.) Alternate spring.
FRE450 - Foreign Language Colloquium in French
An advanced course in intensive spoken contemporary French required of all French majors as well as those seeking teacher certification in French. Prerequisite: FRE 422 (3 crs.) Alternate spring.