French (FRE)

FRE 100  Elementary French I     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Beginning study of French language and culture, including speaking, listening, reading and writing. Focus on topics of personal interest and activities, using primarily the present tense. Students whose high school transcripts show three or more years of French (with a grade of C or higher, and within three years of the semester in question) should attempt the placement exam because they will receive audit credit only should they enroll in this course.

FRE 101  Elementary French II     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Continued study of French language and culture, including speaking, listening, reading and writing. Focus on topics of personal interest and activities. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in order to continue in sequenced languages courses. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in FRE 100.

FRE 200  Intermediate French I     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Through classroom interaction, students develop oral and written skills needed for practical and daily-life situations; study linguistic structures and functions needed to ask questions, compare, contrast, and describe; develop reading skills and expand vocabulary; and increase cultural awareness of the French-speaking world. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in order to continue in sequenced languages courses. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in FRE 101 or departmental approval.

FRE 201  Intermediate French II     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Through classroom interaction, students further develop oral and written skills needed for practical daily-life situations; study in greater depth linguistic structures and functions needed to ask questions, narrate in three tenses, compare and contrast, describe; build reading skills and expand vocabulary; and increase cultural awareness of the French-speaking world. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in order to continue in sequenced languages courses. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in FRE 200 or departmental approval.

FRE 206  Summer Study/Travel Program in France: Field Work in Paris and Surrounding Area     Credits: 1-4

Typically Offered: Summer.

Course Description: One week of total immersion in French in Paris and its environs. Required guided visits to museums and historical sites; side trips to Versailles, Giverny and other locales. Conversation and guided visits at the early intermediate level; readings and paper in English. Students enrolling for 2-4 credit hours will complete preparatory coursework (15 contact hours for each hour of credit) on campus before traveling to France. LAS International/Intercultural. Prerequisite(s): FRE 101 or two years of high school French.

FRE 207  Summer Study/Travel Program in a French-speaking Country: Oral and Written French     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Summer.

Course Description: A three-week intensive study in French language at the early-intermediate level taught by instructors at a designated French language institute, including course work and directed cultural activities. A special fee is assessed for this class. Deadline for application is March 1. LAS Writing; LAS International/Intercultural. Prerequisite(s): FRE 101 or two years of high school French.

FRE 211  French for the Professional     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: A pragmatic approach to the continued development of the skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking in French, as well as concentrating on increased awareness of French customs and culture. This course is recommended for students pursuing a business major, as well as those who want to acquire more confidence in practical use of French. Prerequisite(s): FRE 200 or equivalent.

FRE 301  Methods in Teaching Foreign Language     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Techniques, materials, and methodology to be used in teaching foreign language. Same course as GER 301 and SPA 301. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and FRE 201.

FRE 302  Written Expression and Translation     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: A course in advanced grammatical constructions as seen in professional writing, i.e. correspondence, reports, and proposals. Also regular written assignments using field-specific terminology and formats. LAS Computer Literacy. Prerequisite(s): FRE 201 or FRE 211.

FRE 306  Summer Study/Travel Program in France: Field Work in Paris and Surrounding Area     Credits: 1-4

Typically Offered: Summer.

Course Description: One week of total immersion in French in Paris and its environs. Required guided visits to museums and historical sites; side trips to Versailles, Giverny and other locales. Conversation and guided visits, at the early intermediate level; readings and paper in English. Students enrolling for 2-4 credit hours will complete preparatory coursework (15 contact hours for each hour of credit) on campus before traveling to France. LAS International/Intercultural. Prerequisite(s): FRE 201 or four years of high school French.

FRE 307  Summer Study/Travel Program in French-speaking Country: Oral and Written French     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Summer.

Course Description: A three-week intensive study in French language at the advanced level taught by instructors at a French language institute, including course work and directed cultural activities. A special fee is assessed for this class. Deadline for application is March 1. LAS Writing; LAS International/Intercultural. Prerequisite(s): FRE 201 or four years of high school French.

FRE 310  Readings in Francophone Culture and Civilization     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Reading and analysis of French and Francophone texts from a variety of genres and periods. Prerequisite(s): FRE 200.

FRE 312  Conversation and Diction     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Solidifies and/or develops students' oral proficiency within a variety of conversational contexts and registers, with emphasis on correct pronunciation. Prerequisite(s): FRE 201 or departmental approval.

FRE 316  Internship in French     Credits: 2-6

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: Practical application of skills in speaking, reading, writing in French at a business or agency under the supervision of French faculty (30 clock hours of work for each hour of credit). May be repeated for a total of 12 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing and department approval.

FRE 322  Contemporary French Society     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: A study of French culture and society in the 20th century. The course emphasizes connections between historic and economic development and social and familial traditions. LAS Ethics; LAS International/Intercultural. Prerequisite(s): FRE 201 and FRE 310.

FRE 340  Extended Study Abroad     Credits: 3-15

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: A semester-long study at a university in a French-speaking country, to be selected in consultation with the foreign language advisor. Student enrolls in 12-15 credit hours of intensive French language and other approved academic courses. Credits will be eligible for substitution of required major courses upon the student's return. A special fee is assessed for this class. LAS International/Intercultural. Prerequisite(s): FRE 101 and departmental approval.

FRE 403  Advanced Business French     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: A course devoted to developing and perfecting highly advanced language skills through the study of special topics in the French and Ffrancophone business worlds. Emphasis on mastery of specialized French for professional settings. Prerequisite(s): FRE 302 and FRE 310.

FRE 422  Introduction to French Culture, Civilization and Literature I     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (even-numbered years).

Course Description: A study of French society, art, and literature from medieval times through the enlightenment. The course emphasizes connections between historical development and artistic expression. LAS Writing. Prerequisite(s): FRE 302 and FRE 310.

FRE 432  Introduction to French Culture, Civilization and Literature II     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: A study of French society, art, and literature from during the 18th and 19th centuries. The course emphasizes connections between historical development and artistic expression. LAS Ethics. Prerequisite(s): FRE 302 and FRE 310.

FRE 442  Introduction to French Culture, Civilization and Literature III     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: A study of contemporary French and Francophone society, art, and literature. The course emphasizes connections between historical development and artistic expression. LAS Writing. Prerequisite(s): FRE 302 and FRE 310.

FRE 450  Independent Research/Project     Credits: 1-5

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Investigation of a research problem, project, or topic on an individual conference basis. Prerequisite(s): Declared French major, a minimum of 2.5 GPA in major field, and departmental approval.

FRE 452  Advanced Oral Communication in a Professional Environment     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Students will develop functional use of French with appropriate technical vocabulary and structures for a variety of professional contexts. Prerequisite(s): At least 15 credits at the 300-400 levels.

FRE 462  Senior Thesis     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Students will learn how to develop a research topic, conduct research using resources in the target language, and synthesize their findings. The final product is a research paper in the target language in which students demonstrate the ability to conduct research, apply a critical perspective, and defend their thesis in a written format (10-15 pages). The course will require individual meetings between student and professor, at the professor's discretion. Students will present their thesis in a public forum at the end of the semester. Graded pass/fail. Prerequisite(s): Must be completed during the semester of graduation, except for summer graduates, who must complete the course in the spring semester prior to graduation.