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French Studies Minor

World Languages & Cultures
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Required credits in this minor: 12 to 28
  • Study abroad will be strongly encouraged, to be determined by student interest and focus, throughout the French-speaking world.
This minor complements any degree. French has been the language of a major world culture for centuries and is the traditional language of the arts and philosophy. As global commerce and communication become the norm, French shares status with English as one of the two official languages of the European community and provides a solid basis for careers in business, law, human services, medicine and diplomacy.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Core Courses (0-16 cr)
Students with previous language study may be exempt from some core requirements and should consult the department about placement.
FR 1101 - Beginning French I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
FR 1102 - Beginning French II [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
FR 1201 - Intermediate French I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
FR 1202 - Intermediate French II [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
Electives (12 cr)
Most FR 3xxx-4xxx courses apply here. To enroll in these courses, a student must have earned a grade of C or better in 1202, or be concurrently enrolled in 1202, or have instructor's consent. Select French courses beyond FR 1202. With advisor's consent, courses taken abroad may count toward the minor.
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FR 3302 - Advanced French Composition and Conversation [COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· FR 3305 - French Cuisine: Exploring French Culture Through Food [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· FR 3310 - Survey: Essays, Short Stories, Poetry in the French Language [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· FR 3591 - Independent Study (1.0-4.0 cr)
· FR 4018 - Studies in Francophone Cultures and Literature [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· FR 4095 - Special Topics (Various Titles to be Assigned) (4.0 cr)
· FR 4412 - Contemporary French Culture and Society [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· FR 4492 - Modern French Literature (19th-21st century) [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· One of the following may apply (taught in English):
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· FR 2315 - French Cinema [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· FR 3550 - The History of Paris: Evolution and Revolution [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
 
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FR 1101 - Beginning French I (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Conversation and communicative course for students with little or no previous study of French. Emphasis on oral and aural skills; some grammar. Taught in French and English. prereq: Little or no prior formal study of this language, or instructor consent
FR 1102 - Beginning French II (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Conversation and communicative course for students with limited previous study of French. Emphasis on oral and aural skills; some grammar. Taught in French and English. prereq: 1-2 yrs high school French or 1101 or instructor consent
FR 1201 - Intermediate French I (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Consolidation and enrichment of previously acquired abilities speaking and understanding French, set within introduction to written French and survey of contemporary culture of French-speaking societies. Emphasis on oral, aural, and reading skills; vocabulary building; some writing. Taught in French. prereq: 3-4 yrs high school French or 1102 or instructor consent
FR 1202 - Intermediate French II (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Consolidation and enrichment of previously acquired abilities speaking and understanding French, set within introduction to written French and survey of contemporary culture of French-speaking societies. Emphasis on oral, aural, and reading skills; vocabulary building; some writing. Taught in French. prereq: 4 years high school french or 1201 or instructor consent
FR 3302 - Advanced French Composition and Conversation (COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Refines students' skills in oral and written expression after they have completed the French language sequence. Individualized work on points of syntax and semantics, set in a contemporary context, using a variety of texts and resources. prereq: 1202 or 2301 with grade of C or higher or instructor consent
FR 3305 - French Cuisine: Exploring French Culture Through Food (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02512 - FR 3305/HON 3305
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Taught in French. Aspects of French culture through its expression in cuisine. Students will learn to decipher the many expressions of culture around the preparation and service of food at the table, kitchen, and restaurant. pre-req: 1202 or 2301 with grade of C or higher; or instructor consent
FR 3310 - Survey: Essays, Short Stories, Poetry in the French Language (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Selected works in three genres, written in the French language from the 15th Century to the present: essays, short stories, poetry. prereq: 1202 or 2301 with C or higher; or instructor consent
FR 3591 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students develop and carry out reading and research programs in consultation with the instructor. prereq: 2301 with C or better, instructor consent
FR 4018 - Studies in Francophone Cultures and Literature (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Studies literature and film from francophone (i.e. the French-speaking world) such as Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa, French Indochina, Canada, and the French West Indies. Focuses on politics and aesthetics in relation to colonization, diaspora, cultural identities and metissage (cultural, linguistic and ethnic blending or hybridity) as well as the creation of new existential and political spaces. Taught in French. prereq: 1202 or 2301 with grade of C or better; or instructor consent; no grad credit
FR 4095 - Special Topics (Various Titles to be Assigned)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Various topics in the language, history, literature, and culture of France and/or Francophone countries. prereq: 1202 or 2301 with a C or better; or instructor consent; no grad credit
FR 4412 - Contemporary French Culture and Society (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of contemporary social, cultural, and political issues in France and other Francophone regions. Conducted in French. prereq: 1202 or 2301 with grade of C or higher; or instructor consent; no grad credit
FR 4492 - Modern French Literature (19th-21st century) (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Literary works from the 19th through the 21st century studied within their historical, political, and social contexts. Taught in French. prereq: 1202 or 2301 with C or better; or instructor consent; no grad credit
FR 2315 - French Cinema (LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Images of human diversity in French cinema. Films with English subtitles; class discussion in English.
FR 3550 - The History of Paris: Evolution and Revolution (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
This course, taught in English with readings in French for French majors, examines themes, topics and episodes related to the cultural history of Paris and the French language through selected readings in literature, sociology, architecture and sustainability studies. Students will use the evolution of Paris and the development of the French language as entry points into a deeper exploration of French identity, including analysis of important contemporary issues related to gender, class, and sustainability. Students will study the ways in which French history has consisted of binary oppositions: Paris-Provinces, Parisian French-Local Patois, Order-Revolution, etc. Additionally, students will explore the traces of French history around Paris, from the names of streets to the monuments in the squares and parks, to the sites of power within the city.