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FRENCH (FRE)
J. Fernando Palacios, Chair/Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Katherine Roseau, Assistant Professor
Anna Weaver, Associate Professor
 
The French major, minor, and courses are offered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is affiliated with a study-abroad program in France. The prerequisite is either successful completion of 112 or consent of department faculty. Students study at the Centre International d’Etudes Françaises in Angers, France. They may earn up to 15 hours of credit, up to 9 of which may count toward the major. No more than 6 credit hours may count toward the minor.
NOTE: FRE 111, 112, 251, and 252 may be exempted by achieving a specific score on the French placement exam. Students who place into, and successfully complete, FRE 251 or above will receive an additional 4 hours of credit toward graduation.
 
Major in French
32 semester credit hours minimum
FRE 111. Beginning French I
FRE 112. Beginning French II
FRE 251. Intermediate French I
FRE 252. Intermediate French II
FRE 301. French Composition and Conversation I
FRE 302. French Composition and Conversation II
One course from:
FRE 303. French Literature and Cultural Identity I
FRE 304. French Literature and Cultural Identity II
Three additional FRE courses, which must be in courses numbered 300 or above. (9 hours). FRE 315. French Civilization is strongly advised.
Successful completion of an exit examination
 
Majors may attain Departmental Honors in French by meeting the following requirements: (1) apply for admission to the program by the end of the spring semester of the junior year; (2) select a director from the department faculty; (3) attain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00; (4) attain a 3.75 grade point average in language courses; (5) enroll in FRE 495; (6) complete a special project in language, literature, methodology, or other approved area; and (7) give a Departmental Honors presentation.
 
Minor in French
23 semester credit hours minimum
FRE 111. Beginning French I
FRE 112. Beginning French II
FRE 251. Intermediate French I
FRE 252. Intermediate French II
FRE 301. French Composition and Conversation I
FRE 302. French Composition and Conversation II
One additional FRE course numbered 300 or above (3 hours).
 
FRE 111-112. Beginning French I and II (4 hours each)
Prerequisite for FRE 112: completion of FRE 111, exemption from FRE 111, or consent of instructor.
Open to students with little or no previous instruction in French, this course sequence enables students to attain a basic competency in all language skills: listening, speaking, writing, reading, and culture. (Every semester)
FRE 153S-253S-253S. French Studies Abroad (1-15 hours)
Prerequisites: FRE 111 for FRE 153S, FRE 112 for FRE 253S, FRE 252 for FRE 353S, or exemption from the listed prerequisite.
Study abroad with emphasis on one or more of the following areas: French language, literature, civilization, culture, and history. Under the direction of a faculty member and/or an on-site supervisor, students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least three on-site hours per week for every hour of credit. Nine hours may count toward the major or 6 toward the minor. (Occasionally)
FRE 251. Intermediate French I (3 hours)
Prerequisite: successful completion of or exemption from FRE 111—112.
Continued development of language skills leading to the ability to handle a limited variety of social situations, such as travel needs, biographical information, leisure activities, etc., including past and present frames of reference. The course includes discussion of appropriate aspects of French culture and literature. (Every fall)
FRE 252. Intermediate French II (3 hours)
Prerequisite: completion of or exemption from FRE 251.
Continued development of the four language skills leading to the ability to handle an increased variety of social situations, including those calling for different levels of subjectivity (expression of opinion, emotions, wishes, etc.) and future and conditional frames of reference. The course includes discussion of appropriate aspects of French culture and literature. (Every spring)
FRE 285. Intermediate Conversational Practice (1 hour)
Prerequisite: FRE 251 or consent of instructor.
This course is designed for students who would like to maintain their proficiency in speaking and listening skills. Course content will include discussion of current topics from French-language newspapers, magazines, newsletters, videos, and films. One credit-hour per semester not to exceed four credit hours; does not count toward major or minor; mandatory S/U grading. (Every year)
FRE 301. French Composition and Conversation I (3 hours)
Prerequisite: FRE 252 or consent of instructor.
Concentrated study of everyday French by means of class discussions and short compositions. Various grammatical difficulties will be studied. (Every fall)
FRE 302. French Composition and Conversation II (3 hours)
Prerequisite: FRE 301 or consent of instructor.
Continued work in oral comprehension as well as the study of a more abstract vocabulary and complex grammatical structures through the reading of short literary extracts. (Every spring)
FRE 303. French Literature and Cultural Identity I (3 hours)
Prerequisite: FRE 302.
Students will continue to improve their linguistic and cultural competence by examining some of the fundamental works that are essential to the development and understanding of French culture and society. Class discussion will focus on such early writings as La Chanson de Roland and Les Lais de Marie de France and may also address works of Rabelais, Montaigne, Corneille, Racine, Du Bellay, Molière, Mme. de Sévigné, Voltaire, Rousseau, and others. (Every two years)
FRE 304. French Literature and Cultural Identity II (3 hours)
Prerequisite: FRE 302.
Students will continue to improve their linguistic and cultural competence by examining some of the significant shifts in society and literature that resulted from the French revolution and that are essential to the development and understanding of French culture and society. Class discussion will focus on works of Chateaubriand, Lamartine, Hugo, Baudelaire, George Sand, Flaubert, Proust, Apollinaire, Camus, Sartre, and others. (Every two years)
FRE 315. French Civilization (3 hours)
Prerequisite: FRE 302.
A chronological overview of the most notable achievements, customs, and traditions in French history, art, architecture, and literature. Other distinctive features of contemporary France, such as cinema, music, geography, and politics, will be treated as well. (Every two years)
FRE 317. French Literature and Culture of the 17th Century (3 hours)
Prerequisite: FRE 302.
Advanced practice in the four communication skills through reading, discussing, and writing about major literary works and the cultural context out of which they grew in the seventeenth century in France. Emphasis on the theater of Corneille, Racine, and Molière, as well as the philosophy of Pascal and Descartes, along with other writers such as Mme de Sévigné, Mme. de LaFayette, La Fontaine, and La Rochefoucauld. Study of special social dynamics such as the salon mondain and court life at Versailles. (Occasionally)
FRE 319. French Literature and Culture of the 19th Century (3 hours)
Prerequisite: FRE 302.
Advanced practice in the four communication skills through reading, discussing, and writing about major literary works and the cultural context out of which they grew in the nineteenth century in France. Emphasis on such movements as Romanticism, Realism, Parnassian poetry, Symbolism, Positivism, and Naturalism. Study of such cultural phenomena as the growing gap between artist and public and the importance of social justice during this century. (Occasionally)
FRE 320. French Literature and Culture Since 1900 (3 hours)
Prerequisite: FRE 302.
Advanced practice in the four communications skills through reading, discussing, and writing about major literary works and the cultural context out of which they have grown in France and Francophonie since 1900. Movements such as Surrealism, the Renouveau Catholique, the Nouveau Roman, Theater of the Absurd, Existentialism, Feminism, and Postmodernism will be highlighted, as well as the works of less easily classified writers (Proust, Gide, Duras, Queneau, etc.). (Occasionally)
FRE 385. Special Topics in French: (Subtitle) (1-3 hours)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least one contact hour, or equivalent, per week for every hour of credit. May be repeated for major or minor credit. (Occasionally)
FRE 425. Seminar: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
Prerequisite: FRE 302 or consent of instructor.
A concentrated study of selected authors, literary movements, or topics in French life and culture. Topics will vary from year to year. May be repeated for major or minor credit. (Occasionally)
FRE 480. Internship (1- 15 hours)
Prerequisite: departmental approval.
A supervised program of field experience in which students make practical application of their skills in French in an approved establishment outside the University. The department as a whole must approve the student’s project, which will be directed by an instructor and an on-site supervisor. No more than 3 hours may be counted toward a French major or minor. Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least three on-site hours per week for every hour of credit. (Occasionally)
FRE 485. Assistantship for French 111-112 (1 hour)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Selected French majors or minors serve as assistants in FRE 111 or 112. Assistants attend 2-3 classes per week, study the assigned work, and help conduct classroom and lab activities. Assistants may review but will not evaluate students’ work. Other duties will be determined by the instructor in consultation with the assistant. In addition, the assistant will be required to complete a written reflection on the experience. Does not count toward the major or minor. Mandatory S/U grading. May be repeated. (Occasionally)
FRE 490. Supervised Independent Study (1-3 hours)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
An intensive reading program designed to examine in depth a specific theme or author in French language, literature, or culture. Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least one contact hour, or equivalent, per week for every hour of credit. May be repeated for major or minor credit. (Occasionally)
FRE 495. Directed Independent Research (1-3 hours)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
This course is intended to provide students an opportunity to conduct supervised research in an area of their interest in French language, literature, or culture. It may be used to fulfill the course requirement for Departmental Honors. Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least one contact hour, or equivalent, per week for every hour of credit. May be repeated for major or minor credit. (Occasionally)