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French Studies Minor

French & Italian
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2022
  • Required credits in this minor: 18 to 38
The French studies minor includes the study of French language, and French and Francophone literature, culture and linguistics.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Complete the introductory 4-semester French language sequence or its equivalent. Students may declare the French Studies BA while FREN 1004 is in progress.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Prerequisites
These courses, or equivalent, must be taken in sequential order. In select cases, students with advanced proficiency may place out through EPT or LPE examinations.
Take 0 or more course(s) totaling 0 - 20 credit(s) from the following:
FREN 1001 - Beginning French I (5.0 cr)
FREN 1002 - Beginning French II (5.0 cr)
or FREN 1022 - Accelerated Beginning French (5.0 cr)
FREN 1003 - Intermediate French I (5.0 cr)
FREN 1004 - Intermediate French II (5.0 cr)
Minor Requirements
Students are required to complete 4 semester(s) of French. with a grade of C-, or better, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college. At least 9 upper-division credits in the minor must be taken at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus. Up to 9 credits of upper-division coursework from study abroad programs sponsored by or affiliated with the University of Minnesota can be counted towards the minor. Students may earn a BA or a minor in French, but not both. Any departmental major or minor may be combined with the French Advanced-Level Proficiency Certificate.
Core Courses
Take exactly 4 course(s) totaling exactly 12 credit(s) from the following:
FREN 15xx must be taken on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus or through the May term Abroad "Gateways" program sponsored by the department.
· FREN 1501 - Gateways to French and Francophone Studies: English Only [AH, GP] (3.0 cr)
or FREN 1502 - Gateways to French and Francophone Studies: Bilingual [AH, GP] (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3015 - Advanced French Grammar and Communication (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3016 - Advanced French Composition and Communication (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3101W - Methods in French and Francophone Studies [LITR, WI] (3.0 cr)
Electives
Students may not count FREN 37xx courses towards the Electives requirement.
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
Language Practice
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· FREN 3014 - French Phonetics (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3015 - Advanced French Grammar and Communication (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3016 - Advanced French Composition and Communication (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3017W - Advanced Writing in French: Genre, Style, Rhetoric [WI] (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3018 - French Oral Communication (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3022 - The Language and Culture of Business in France (3.0 cr)
· Other French Electives
Take 1 - 2 course(s) from the following:
· FREN 3101W - Methods in French and Francophone Studies [LITR, WI] (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3111 - Medieval Stories (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3140 - Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3172 - The Court Society: Literature, Culture, Spectacle (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3240 - Topics in Ancien Regime Literature (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3260 - Dramas of Culture: 20th-Century French and Francophone Theater (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3310 - Literature of Revolution and Upheaval (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3340 - Topics in Modern French Literature (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3345 - The Holocaust in France: Literature, History, Testimony (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3350 - Topics in Literature (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3410 - Topics in Quebecois Literature (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3431 - Gender and Sexuality in Francophone Literature and Cinema (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3451 - North African Cinema (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3471 - Topics in Francophone African Literature and Cultures [GP] (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3479 - Francophone Writers of the African Diaspora (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3500 - Linguistic Analysis of French (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3521 - History of the French Language (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3541 - Oral Discourse of French (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3611 - Speaking of Love in Medieval France: Stories, Songs, and Letters [LITR, GP] (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3650 - Topics in French/Francophone Cultures (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3661 - Francophone North America (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3850 - Topics in French and Francophone Media (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3852 - Memory in French and Francophone Cinema (3.0 cr)
· FREN 3896 - Internship in a French-Speaking Milieu (1.0-4.0 cr)
· FREN 3662 - A Cultural and Linguistic Exploration of the Francophone Communities in Louisiana (3.0 cr)
or FREN 3663 -  A Cultural and Linguistic Exploration of the Francophone Communities in Louisiana (3.0 cr)
 
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FREN 1001 - Beginning French I
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: Fren 1001/Mont 1001/Fren 4001
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Bonjour! Join us in learning the global language of diplomacy, culture, cuisine, and commerce! French is spoken on five continents, in approximately 40 countries, and even in Maine and Louisiana. Studying French will deepen your understanding of world history and the relationships between different cultures around the globe and close to home. Studying the language of Les Misérables, Monet, and joie de vivre allows you to access some of the most amazing art, thought, and food on the planet! Beginning French (French 1001) is designed for students with little or no knowledge of the French language. It focuses on developing your intercultural, reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. By the end of this course, you will be able to communicate about family, housing, and school. You will also gain familiarity with French-speaking communities around the world. The course features preparatory and practice activities outside of class designed to encourage analysis of language structure so that class time can be primarily devoted to meaningful interaction in French.
FREN 1002 - Beginning French II
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: Fren 1002/4002/4022/Mont 1002
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Bienvenue en 1002! Ready to embark on a new journey to further develop your knowledge of the beautiful language of French? If you passed French 1001 or have taken the Entrance Proficiency Test (EPT) and were placed in 1002, this course is for you! While exploring topics such as French holidays and cultural celebrations and traditions, food, and ecology, you will further develop your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. You will also learn about the concept of laïcité, one of the pillars of French society, and the differences and similarities between the school systems in France and the U.S. Preparatory activities designed to encourage students to analyze grammar points need to be completed at home so that class time can be primarily devoted to meaningful interactions in French. prereq: FREN 1001 or equivalent.
FREN 1022 - Accelerated Beginning French
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: Fren 1002/4002/4022/Mont 1002
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Heureux de vous revoir! Because you have studied French before, you already know what a wonderful language it is. This course is designed to return you to studying the language of Les Misérables, Monet, and joie de vivre! French 1022 is an accelerated review of French 1001 followed by the material covered in French 1002. At the end of this course, you will be able to communicate about topics such as food, family, school, the environment, travel and much more. If you have had a gap of more than a year since your last French class, you need to take the EPT to place into French 1022.
FREN 1003 - Intermediate French I
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: Fren 1003/Fren 4003/Mont 1003
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Nous vous souhaitons la bienvenue dans le troisième semestre de français. In this course, you will explore current issues such as the role technology plays in today's society and living a healthy lifestyle. Other themes include family, friends, and current social issues such as environment, energy, and immigration. Students will use film, excerpts of literature, and other authentic texts as part of the curriculum. Upon completion of the class, you will have more confidence in expressing past, future, and hypothetical events as well as your own opinions, feelings, and regrets. French 1003 is a five-credit course, so you should plan to spend an additional 10 hours a week on coursework outside the classroom. Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to enroll in French 1004. prereq: C- or better in FREN 1002 or 1022, or EPT (for students taking their first French course at the U)
FREN 1004 - Intermediate French II
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: Fren 1004/Mont 1004/Fren 4004
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Vous êtes les bienvenus! Come join us in exploring some of the foundations of cultural identity. What does it mean to be "French?" What does it mean to be "American?" What are some things that people living within a particular culture have in common as a function of living in that culture? Where do personal and cultural identities intersect? We pay special attention to development of intercultural competence, comparing how food, child-rearing practices, elements of national identity, and diversity are treated in France and the US. We revisit many grammar concepts you have seen before, focusing on accuracy and extended language use. This course will allow you to be much more confident in using comparisons, narrating (past and present), linking ideas together into longer discourse, describing, etc. Upon successful completion of this course, you should be solidly in the Intermediate ranges of proficiency in French, able to travel and/or use French for your own goals. You will also be prepared for more advanced study in French here or abroad (FREN 3015 and 3014 are options after this course). prereq: C- or better in FREN 1003, or EPT/LPE (for students taking their first French course at the U)
FREN 1501 - Gateways to French and Francophone Studies: English Only (AH, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Fren 1501/Fren 1502
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
What key moments in French and Francophone culture can help us understand our world today? What are French and Francophone Studies? This course taught in English answers these questions by letting you discover the diverse cultures of France and French-speaking countries (such as Senegal, Canada or Belgium), and the ways we study them in the humanities. You will encounter texts, visual material, films, music, and historical events from various eras and learn how to make sense of them. Faculty from the French program will come and share with you what they research and why. A portion of the semester will be devoted to one of two role-playing simulations. During these weeks, you will delve deeply into the material, researching your historical character and working with other students whose goals converge with yours to sway the opinions of your other classmates. Along the way, you will enhance your skills in public speaking and writing. (1) The French Revolution. Where did the notion of the social contract and human rights come from? What dilemmas did the people of France face in this turbulent attempt to transition from monarchy to a new form of government? (2) The 1889 Universal Exhibition in Paris, which was a focus of debates about art, esthetics and urbanism. Do you want to be a traditional painter, Van Gogh, an art critic, a woman patron, an anarchist, or a worker on the Eiffel Tower? How did each of these groups or individuals understand the role of art? You can take French 1501 as a freestanding class or at the same time as a language class (FREN 1001-1004, depending on your level). The class is required for new majors and minors in French Studies, but you can take it simply to discover the fascinating cultures of French-speaking communities worldwide! No prerequisites. All materials for French 1501 are in English, and students in all programs are welcome!
FREN 1502 - Gateways to French and Francophone Studies: Bilingual (AH, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Fren 1501/Fren 1502
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
What are French and Francophone Studies? What key moments in French and Francophone culture can help us understand our world today? This course taught in English answers these questions by letting you discover the diverse cultures of France and French-speaking countries (such as Senegal, Canada or Belgium), and the ways we study them in the humanities. You will encounter texts, visual material, films, music, and historical events from various eras and learn how to make sense of them. Faculty from the French program will come and share with you what they research and why. A portion of the semester will be devoted to one of two role-playing simulations. During these weeks, you will delve deeply into the material, researching your historical character and working with other students whose goals converge with yours to sway the opinions of your other classmates. Along the way, you will enhance your skills in public speaking and writing. (1) The French Revolution. Where did the notion of the social contract and human rights come from? What dilemmas did the people of France face in this turbulent attempt to transition from monarchy to a new form of government? (2) The 1889 art exhibition in Paris, which was a focus of debates about art, esthetics and urbanism. Do you want to be a traditional painter, Van Gogh, an art critic, a woman patron, an anarchist, or a worker on the Eiffel Tower? French 1502 is taught in English, but it includes some readings in French. In some semesters, it may also include occasional discussions or small group activities in French. You can take French 1502 as a freestanding class or at the same time as a language class (FREN 3015-3016, depending on your level). The class is required for new majors and minors in French Studies, but you can take it simply to discover the fascinating cultures of French-speaking communities worldwide! prereq: FREN 1004 (or equivalent through the LPE)
FREN 3015 - Advanced French Grammar and Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Fren 3015/Mont 3015
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Taught entirely in French. Prerequisite: French 1004 or LPE. Voilà, c'est fait: You have completed French 1004 or passed the LPE. You are certified as an intermediate speaker of French. Don't lose your momentum! French 3015 allows you to start working toward a new goal: advanced proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing French. Along with this higher proficiency comes a deeper understanding of French and Francophone culture around the world. In this class, you will focus on grammar in context, reading longer, more complex texts in the original language. You will write short compositions that include various genres such as the first-person narrative, the business letter, and the essay. You will learn how to use the correction software Antidote as a means of perfecting your writing skills. In class, you will participate in group work to boost your oral comprehension skills and in writing workshops to boost your writing skills. Listening activities include a film, an audiobook, a song, and videos related to readings. Written exercises include translation, grammar, and vocabulary building. Literary readings include excerpts from a medieval text (La légende de Tristan et Iseut), as well as four 20th-century texts (by Danielle Cadorette, Annie Ernaux, Albert Camus, and Pierre-Jakez Hélias). Journalists include Kamel Daoud (published in the Le Monde) and Fatym Layachi (published in the Moroccan newspaper Tel Quel). Based on these readings and discussions of the themes of friendship, family, education, work, technology, and bilingualism, you will explore notions of identity in the French and Francophone world.
FREN 3016 - Advanced French Composition and Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Fren 3016/Mont 3016
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Taught entirely in French. In this class, you will continue the work you began in FREN 3015, keeping your eyes on the goal of advanced proficiency. You will continue to focus on grammar in context, reading challenging texts in the original language. You will write short compositions that include various genres: a summary of an online article of your own choosing, an argumentative essay, and a film or literary analysis. You will perfect your use of the correction software Antidote as you move toward advanced proficiency in writing. In class, you will participate in group work to boost your oral comprehension skills and in writing workshops to boost your writing skills. Listening activities include several films, a song, and videos related to readings. Written exercises include translation, grammar, and vocabulary building. This course explores identity in the French and Francophone world through the themes of youth, travel, immigration, and colonisation. Literary readings include excerpts from the 18th century (Voltaire and Louis Sébastien Mercier), the 20th century (Ying Chen and Driss Chraïbi), and the 21st century (Tahar Ben Jelloun, Abdellah Taïa, and Mina Oualdlhadj). Newspaper articles include the sociologist Edgar Morin (published in Le Monde) and the columnist Réda Allali (published in the Moroccan newspaper Tel Quel). But French 3016 adds new genres of writing as well. We will read selections from crime novels (René Frégni and Michel de Roy), a graphic novel (Marjane Satrapi), and science-fiction (Pierre Boulle). This course is a good stepping-stone for an advanced course in French and Francophone film as we read about and view samples of Algerian, Canadian, and French films. Prerequisite: FREN 3015.
FREN 3101W - Methods in French and Francophone Studies (LITR, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Taught entirely in French. In this course, you will delve deeply into original stories, lyrics, plays, and films in French, from around the world and across time. What verbal and visual codes carry meaning in a given culture? How do cultures create a space for the subject or the self? As you discuss these questions, you will become a faster and more independent reader, gain sensitivity to the sonorities and rhythms of the French language and the nuances of sense it makes possible, and learn to perceive implicit meaning in texts. Theoretical readings and lessons in developing thesis statements and organizing arguments will enhance your ability to understand and create complex arguments in French. Each individual section of this course addresses these questions with a different selection of readings and films grouped around a specific theme, so please consult the Class Info page to find out more! nonfiction texts, cultural artifacts, and audio/visual media pertaining to France and Francophone communities across the centuries. prereq: 3016 or equiv
FREN 3014 - French Phonetics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Fren 3014/Mont 3014
Prerequisites: 1004
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of major institutions/components of modern French culture with special attention to lexical enrichment/pronunciation practice. Study of linguistic description of French sounds/transcription. prereq: 1004
FREN 3015 - Advanced French Grammar and Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Fren 3015/Mont 3015
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Taught entirely in French. Prerequisite: French 1004 or LPE. Voilà, c'est fait: You have completed French 1004 or passed the LPE. You are certified as an intermediate speaker of French. Don't lose your momentum! French 3015 allows you to start working toward a new goal: advanced proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing French. Along with this higher proficiency comes a deeper understanding of French and Francophone culture around the world. In this class, you will focus on grammar in context, reading longer, more complex texts in the original language. You will write short compositions that include various genres such as the first-person narrative, the business letter, and the essay. You will learn how to use the correction software Antidote as a means of perfecting your writing skills. In class, you will participate in group work to boost your oral comprehension skills and in writing workshops to boost your writing skills. Listening activities include a film, an audiobook, a song, and videos related to readings. Written exercises include translation, grammar, and vocabulary building. Literary readings include excerpts from a medieval text (La légende de Tristan et Iseut), as well as four 20th-century texts (by Danielle Cadorette, Annie Ernaux, Albert Camus, and Pierre-Jakez Hélias). Journalists include Kamel Daoud (published in the Le Monde) and Fatym Layachi (published in the Moroccan newspaper Tel Quel). Based on these readings and discussions of the themes of friendship, family, education, work, technology, and bilingualism, you will explore notions of identity in the French and Francophone world.
FREN 3016 - Advanced French Composition and Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Fren 3016/Mont 3016
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Taught entirely in French. In this class, you will continue the work you began in FREN 3015, keeping your eyes on the goal of advanced proficiency. You will continue to focus on grammar in context, reading challenging texts in the original language. You will write short compositions that include various genres: a summary of an online article of your own choosing, an argumentative essay, and a film or literary analysis. You will perfect your use of the correction software Antidote as you move toward advanced proficiency in writing. In class, you will participate in group work to boost your oral comprehension skills and in writing workshops to boost your writing skills. Listening activities include several films, a song, and videos related to readings. Written exercises include translation, grammar, and vocabulary building. This course explores identity in the French and Francophone world through the themes of youth, travel, immigration, and colonisation. Literary readings include excerpts from the 18th century (Voltaire and Louis Sébastien Mercier), the 20th century (Ying Chen and Driss Chraïbi), and the 21st century (Tahar Ben Jelloun, Abdellah Taïa, and Mina Oualdlhadj). Newspaper articles include the sociologist Edgar Morin (published in Le Monde) and the columnist Réda Allali (published in the Moroccan newspaper Tel Quel). But French 3016 adds new genres of writing as well. We will read selections from crime novels (René Frégni and Michel de Roy), a graphic novel (Marjane Satrapi), and science-fiction (Pierre Boulle). This course is a good stepping-stone for an advanced course in French and Francophone film as we read about and view samples of Algerian, Canadian, and French films. Prerequisite: FREN 3015.
FREN 3017W - Advanced Writing in French: Genre, Style, Rhetoric (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Fren 3017W/Mont 3505W
Prerequisites: 3016
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Workshop in journalistic/literary prose writing in French. Theme of journalistic/literary readings varies. Article, editorial, review, essay, biography, tale, prose poem. Word order, sequence of tenses, indirect discourse, literary tenses. Overview of stylistics/use of rhetorical figures. prereq: 3016
FREN 3018 - French Oral Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Fren 3018/Mont 3018
Prerequisites: 3014, 3015
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Intensive work in oral expression, listening comprehension. Incorporates wide variety of cultural topics. prereq: 3014, 3015
FREN 3022 - The Language and Culture of Business in France
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Examines French business language as well as business practices and culture in France. Includes cross-cultural analysis. prereq: 3015; completion of 3016 recommended
FREN 3101W - Methods in French and Francophone Studies (LITR, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Taught entirely in French. In this course, you will delve deeply into original stories, lyrics, plays, and films in French, from around the world and across time. What verbal and visual codes carry meaning in a given culture? How do cultures create a space for the subject or the self? As you discuss these questions, you will become a faster and more independent reader, gain sensitivity to the sonorities and rhythms of the French language and the nuances of sense it makes possible, and learn to perceive implicit meaning in texts. Theoretical readings and lessons in developing thesis statements and organizing arguments will enhance your ability to understand and create complex arguments in French. Each individual section of this course addresses these questions with a different selection of readings and films grouped around a specific theme, so please consult the Class Info page to find out more! nonfiction texts, cultural artifacts, and audio/visual media pertaining to France and Francophone communities across the centuries. prereq: 3016 or equiv
FREN 3111 - Medieval Stories
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Reading/discussion of major forms of medieval tale (comic, bawdy, moralizing, fantasy, historical) in modern French translation. Explores their relationship to development of French culture, especially urbanization, class relations, marriage, role of Church. prereq: 3101
FREN 3140 - Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Different aspects of French literature/culture of medieval/Renaissance periods (11th-16th century). Content varies depending on instructor. Literary, historical, or social problem. Period, author, genre, or topic of interest. Readings may be literary, critical, cultural, historical, political, etc. Specific content posted in department and in Course Guide. prereq: 3101
FREN 3172 - The Court Society: Literature, Culture, Spectacle
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Examines the court and salon society in 17th-century France. The production of taste, sociability, and national identity is considered in literature, painting, architecture, and the plastic arts. prereq: FREN 3101W or instructor permission.
FREN 3240 - Topics in Ancien Regime Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Different aspects of French literature/culture from early modern period (17th/18th centuries). Content varies depending on instructor. Literary, historical, or social problems. Period, author, genre or topic of interest. Readings may be literary, critical, cultural, historical, political, etc. Specific content posted in department/Course Guide. prereq: 3101
FREN 3260 - Dramas of Culture: 20th-Century French and Francophone Theater
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Course Equivalencies: Fren 3260/Th 3261
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Key movements, dramatists, and contexts of 20th-century French and Francophone theater. Areas of study include naturalist and symbolist legacies as well as existentialist, avant-garde, and contemporary performance and drama. prereq: 3101
FREN 3310 - Literature of Revolution and Upheaval
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
A study of revolutionary movements in France seen through novels placed in historical context. Content may vary, but course will deal with radical historical, cultural and literary changes in France primarily in the modern period. prereq: 3101
FREN 3340 - Topics in Modern French Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Prerequisites: 3101
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Modern French literature/culture, defining modern period as that of post-Revolution France. Content varies depending on instructor. Literary, historical, or social problem. Period, author, genre, or topic of interest. Specific content posted in department/in Course Guide. prereq: 3101
FREN 3345 - The Holocaust in France: Literature, History, Testimony
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Fren 3345/Fren 3745/JwSt 3745
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course examines the event of the Holocaust (which we call "Shoah" in France since the 80s and especially since the film of the same name by Claude Lanzmann) in literature, film and archives. France has a complex relationship with Jews since the Middle Ages. During the French Revolution (1789), then under the Empire (Napoleon Bonaparte, 1800-1815), the Jews benefitted from political emancipation. The Republic defended the equality of Jews before the law as French citizens. But France was also the country of political anti-Semitism and of the Dreyfus Affair (there were in the nineteenth century some very virulent anti-Semitic propaganda writers, for example Edouard Drumont, author of Jewish France, in 1880, just before the Dreyfus Affair). This history of the Jews in France culminates with the Vichy regime, the policy of collaboration with Nazi Germany, antisemitic writings and propaganda emanating from important writers such as Louis-Ferdinand Celine and politicians, and the deportation of part of the Jewish population to the extermination camps. How does this story affect fictional writing, and debates on how to represent this event? More than a course on the Holocaust, we explore the story of its reminiscence in French culture. It is not a history class, but a class in culture, literature, memory and testimony. FREN 3345 and 3745 meet together. Class sessions are taught in English. Reading and writing assignments for FREN 3345 are in modern French. FREN 3345 may count towards the major or minor in French Studies. Reading and writing assignments for FREN 3745 are in English. FREN 3745 may not count towards the major or minor in French Studies. prereq: FREN 3015; it is recommended that students have taken, or take concurrently, FREN 3101W.
FREN 3350 - Topics in Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Focuses on a problem, period, author, or topic of interest. Specific content posted in department and listed in Course Guide. prereq: 3101
FREN 3410 - Topics in Quebecois Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study writing produced in Quebec as a literature of its own, not simply as a part of Canadian literature. Literature will be studied in relation to other North American literatures and to Francophone literature produced elsewhere in the world. prereq: 3101
FREN 3431 - Gender and Sexuality in Francophone Literature and Cinema
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Fren 3431/Fren 5431
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course will introduce students to colonial and postcolonial representations of gender and sexuality in Francophone contexts. Through literary and cinematic works from the Caribbean, Maghreb, West Africa, and Quebec, we will examine constructions and deconstructions of gender roles and sexual norms in relation to other identity categories such as race, class, nation and religion. We will consider topics such as exotic portrayals of the other, repressive and rebellious eroticism, and ambivalent or unruly affirmations of identity. Taught in French. prereq: 3101W. All courses counted toward a major/minor must be taken on an A-F basis.
FREN 3451 - North African Cinema
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Cinemas of the Maghreb, the northern African nations of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. Themes may include North African cities/communities; gender, class and ethnicity; and impact of globalization in migratory patterns. Films. Readings in philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, and cultural critique. prereq: 3101
FREN 3471 - Topics in Francophone African Literature and Cultures (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Issues relevant to cultures/societies of francophone Sub-Saharan Africa as reflected in literature, film, and cultural critique. prereq: 3101W
FREN 3479 - Francophone Writers of the African Diaspora
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Literature from Francophone North Africa, Africa, the Caribbean of the colonial and/or post-colonial eras, examined in its historical, cultural, or ideological contexts. Reading selections may include texts by immigrant or exiled writers in France. prereq: 3101
FREN 3500 - Linguistic Analysis of French
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 3015
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Introduction to scientific study of French language. Concepts/terminology to describe nature/functioning of sounds, words, sentences/meaning, and variation. Taught in French. prereq: 3015
FREN 3521 - History of the French Language
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Origins/development of French language from Latin to contemporary French. Selected texts. Present stage/development. prereq: 3015, [3500 or Ling 3001 or instr consent]
FREN 3541 - Oral Discourse of French
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Contemporary French discourse. Spontaneous, multi-speaker discourse. Readings. Syntactic analysis. Phonological/lexical particularities. Macro level analyses. Discourse analysis/conversation analysis. prereq: 3015, [3500 or Ling 3001 or instr consent]
FREN 3611 - Speaking of Love in Medieval France: Stories, Songs, and Letters (LITR, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Fren 3611/Fren 3711
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
How did people talk about love in the Middle Ages? What songs did they sing about it? What stories did they tell? How did it define the self? In this course, we will study troubadour songs, short tales, romances, and letters composed in twelfth-century France and Anglo-Norman England. We will examine their historical context: the patronage of Eleanor of Aquitaine and her family, the broader context of medieval court life, and the erudite circles that formed during the rise of the Parisian schools. Because what people say is determined by the language, motifs, and forms that they have available to them, we will discuss the transmission of ideas about love and the interpretation of exemplary figures (Tristan and Iseut, Lancelot and Guinevere). We will also consider the literary form of these texts in relation to their meaning. But at the heart of our inquiry will be the notion of the self. How did "speaking of love" allow medieval writers to cultivate their own subjectivity or individuality? Texts will include troubadour songs, the Lais of Marie de France, the romances of Tristan and Iseut by Thomas of England and Béroul, Chrétien de Troyes's Arthurian romances, and the letters of Abelard and Heloise. We will also study a film about Eleanor of Aquitaine and her family (The Lion in Winter, 1968) and a contemporary opera about a troubadour and his lady, Kaija Saariaho's L'Amour de loin (2000). FREN 3611 and 3711 meet together. Both FREN 3611 and 3711 are taught in English. Reading and writing assignments for FREN 3611 are in modern French. FREN 3611 may count towards the major or minor in French Studies. Reading and writing assignments for FREN 3711 are in English. FREN 3711 does not count towards the major or minor in French Studies. prereq: FREN 3015
FREN 3650 - Topics in French/Francophone Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
French/francophone cultures in various historical, social, political, geographical contexts. prereq: 3015
FREN 3661 - Francophone North America
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Ce cours est une introduction aux différentes communautés francophones en Amérique du Nord. Nous retracerons l?histoire de ces communautés au Canada, aux États-Unis et à Saint-Pierre et Miquelon (une collectivité d?outre-mer française) et examinerons les différentes manifestations des cultures francophones qui se sont développées: leur langue, leur musique, leurs traditions, leurs drapeaux, leur cuisine, leur littérature et leur cinéma. Nous explorerons aussi l?impact que ces cultures exercent sur une région majoritairement anglophone. This course is an introduction to the different Francophone communities in North America. We will retrace the history of these communities in Canada, the United States, and Saint-Pierre et Miquelon (a French collectivité d?outre-mer), and examine the different manifestations of the Francophone cultures that developed: language, music, traditions, flags, cuisine, literature, and cinema. We will also explore the impact that these cultures exert on a region predominantly English speaking.
FREN 3850 - Topics in French and Francophone Media
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics in French and Francophone media. Content varies by instructor; topics may include studies in French and/or Francophone cinema, film, theater, television, and/or other media. prereq: FREN 3015.
FREN 3852 - Memory in French and Francophone Cinema
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Fren 3852/Fren 5852
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course will examine cinema?s privileged relationship with memory. Our itinerary will take us through key French and Francophone films, asking how these works record, construct and deconstruct ?individual? and ?collective? memories. Topics will include bearing witness to the traumas of war, genocide and colonization; commemorating resistance and fostering emancipation; interventions in identity politics; (re)partitions of rural and urban spaces; and the elusive divide between fiction, documentary and memoir. Students will be expected to master a vocabulary for the formal analysis of film. prereq: Students should have completed FREN 3016 with a minimum grade of B.
FREN 3896 - Internship in a French-Speaking Milieu
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Fren 3896/Mont 3303
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Volunteer or paid work in French-speaking milieu, undertaken at initiative of individual students. Work under direction of work supervisor/advisor chosen from among regular or adjunct faculty. Complete two-three written assignments designed to enhance language/field-specific learning. prereq: 3016, 3014 [3018 strongly recommended], [3022 strongly recommended for students undertaking internships in business, government, or law]
FREN 3662 - A Cultural and Linguistic Exploration of the Francophone Communities in Louisiana
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Fren 3662/Fren 3663
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The history of the French language in Louisiana is unique and fascinating. Educational initiatives in recent years have helped create a new generation of speakers, building hope that Louisiana French and its culture will continue to evolve and be present in "The Pelican State." Through the study of sociolinguistic, literary, and historical documents, film and music of the region, we will explore the questions of language variation, features of Louisiana French, challenges speakers face, the impact of the arts and the role education plays in maintaining Louisiana French culture. The best part of the course for many who have taken it before is the spring break trip to visit areas of Francophone Louisiana in person. Students who have traveled to Louisiana stated that they appreciated the opportunity to connect with real professionals actively working in the field of French language engagement, since these connections could benefit their own careers later on. Prerequisite: FREN 3015. Fees for the trip will be charged to your student account upon enrollment.
FREN 3663 - A Cultural and Linguistic Exploration of the Francophone Communities in Louisiana
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Fren 3662/Fren 3663
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The history of the French language in Louisiana is unique and fascinating. Educational initiatives in recent years have helped create a new generation of speakers, building hope that Louisiana French and its culture will continue to evolve and be present in "The Pelican State." Through the study of sociolinguistic, literary, and historical documents, film and music of the region, we will explore the questions of language variation, features of Louisiana French, challenges speakers face, the impact of the arts and the role education plays in maintaining Louisiana French culture. Students who have taken this course before stated an appreciation of a Francophone Louisiana focus as it challenged their perceptions about how a Francophone society can interact with, value, and use the French language in daily life and in terms of constructing/ maintaining identity and traditions. They also enjoyed discovering how a language variety (i.e. Louisiana French) can build a community and affect more than just linguistic aspects of life. Prerequisite: FREN 3015.