101. Elementary French I. 3 cr.
Fundamentals of oral and written French. Focus on development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, and culture. Special emphasis on oral communication.
102. Elementary French II. 3 cr.
The sequel to 101. Prerequisite: 101 or equivalent.
201. Intermediate French I. 3 cr.
An expansion of the language skills acquired in 101 and 102. Strengthening of basic structures and introduction of more complex structures. This course will increase accuracy in listening, speaking, reading and writing and promote knowledge of cultural background. Prerequisite: 102 or equivalent.
202. Intermediate French II. 3 cr.
Fourth semester capstone course designed to continue the development of oral and written skills. Students will read and discuss selected cultural and literary texts, review grammar in the context of situations and readings, and explore cultural trends and issues. Prerequisite: 201 or equivalent.
270. Perspectives on the Holocaust. 3 cr.
Analysis of the Holocaust from a variety of perspectives (social, political, historical, cinematic, artistic, moral, etc.) to help students appreciate the enormity of the event. A team-taught interdisciplinary course. Taught in English. Every other Spring.
300W. Introduction to Conversation and Composition. 3 cr.
Focus on increasing oral and written skills through reading and discussion of materials related to everyday life and current events. Prerequisite: 202 or equivalent. Intermittently.
301W. French Conversation and Composition I. 3 cr.
A course designed to expand oral and written fluency through extensive reading, discussion, and writing on a variety of topics. A systematic grammar review is an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: 202 or equivalent. Fall.
302W. French Conversation and Composition II. 3 cr.
The sequel to 301W with more emphasis on fluency in speaking and writing and idiomatic use of the language. Prerequisite: 301W or equivalent. Spring.
314W. Independent Study I. 1-3 cr.
Study of special topics, with written permission of the department chairperson. Variable credit. Intermittently.
370W. French Novel in Translation. 3 cr.
A general introduction to the history and theorization of the French novel from its precursory prose antecedents to contemporary examples. Students will gain greater knowledge of France's literary tradition as well as familiarity with the principal techniques of literary analysis. This course is open to all students with an interest in literature, regardless of mastery of the French languages. Readings, lectures and discussions will be in English. Intermittently.
419W. European Union. 3 cr.
The study of the history and politics of the European Union, including its multicultural nature, economy, role and impact on tody's world and its relationsn with the U.S. Taught in English. Spring.
429W. 18th Century French Literature and Culture. 3 cr.
An introduction to the literature and culture of 18th century France. Studying a variety of literary, artistic, and political works, students will retrace the cultural tension that marked this period known for both the lavishness of Versailles and the egalitarian severity of the guillotine. Intermittently.
432W. 17th Century French Literature. 3 cr.
Representative works in French prose, poetry and theatre. Intermittently.
460W. French Culture and Civilization. 3 cr.
The major cultural and socio-political movements of France. Intermittently.
462W. Survey of French Literature I: Middle Ages to 17th Century. 3 cr.
Representative authors and works from the Middle Ages to the 17th Century. Every other Fall.
463W. Survey of French Literature II: 18th Century to Modern Period. 3 cr.
Main authors and movements from the 18th Century to the present. Every other Spring.
467W. Advanced French Grammar. 3 cr.
Study of the finer points of French grammar with emphasis on idiomatic uses of the language and the suble differences in meaning in the use of specific elements of grammar. Intermittently.
470W. La philosophie francaise a l'age classique. 3 cr.
Study of the main texts and ideas of 17th- and 18th- century French Philosophy. Beginning with Descartes' famous methodological break with scholasticism, students will retrace the development of what is commonly known as "modern" philosophy and also examine the ways in which some of the most important figures in 20th century continental philosophy reacted to these foundational works. Intermittently.
472W. Francophone African Literature and Culture. 3 cr.
Introduction to literature and film of 20th and 21st century French-speaking Africa. The course will explore the tensions between language, nationality, and cultural identity from the colonial period to the present day. Beginning with the emergence of the Negritude movement of the 1930s in Paris, students will examine the shift fromm poetry to the novel in the years leading up to independence. Also included will be post-independence developments such as the break with standard French, the emergence of women writers, and writing in response to contemporary traumas such as war and genocide. Intermittently.
473W. Faith and Reason in the Age of Revolution. 3 cr.
This course charts the uneasy coexistence of religion, philosophy and the State in France during the long eighteenth century (1685-1815). Examining a variety of historical, philosophical and literary texts, students will gain a better understanding of how belief in God and Christian doctrine and belief in man's ability to construct an earthly "empire of reason" existed in varying states of confluence and conflict during this era. Specific attention will be given to the history of the Congrégation du Saint-Esprit whose inception and early development in France mirrors the complexity of the times. Course will be taught in French. Intermittently.
474W. Quarrels and Controversies in the Age of Reason. 3 cr.
France in the "short" eighteenth century is bookended by two deaths, which are important for different reasons: that of Louis XIV in 1715 and that of Louis XVI in 1793."When the Sun-King" died, the splendor of Versailles and the lavish festivals it hosted was a thing of the past. Ravaged by perpetual war, France was in economically and socially dire straits. Arguably, Louis XVI paid for the political errors of his great-great grandfather ... with his own head, dying so that, in the words of the revolutionary Robespierre, the Republic might live. And in between these two remarkable reigns was that of Louis XV, who tried the best he could to maintain the stability of Ancien Régime France. But the cracks were already appearing in the social, political, and cultural order of things, and, in spite of the king's best efforts to stave off change, France in the eighteenth century, more than any previous time, was marked by a series of virulent quarrels and controversies. This seminar aims to chart the origins, developments, and intellectual stakes of some of the most important among them. The seminar's premise is simple: in the innumerable ways of trying to arrive at an understanding of eighteenth-century French culture in all its complexity, the most fruitful (or at least the most interesting) might be by studying the various disputes and debates that rocked the era. Intermittently.
480W. Directed Readings. 1-3 cr.
Individual research on topics in French language, literature or culture under close faculty supervision; with written permission of the department. Variable credit. Intermittently.