French Course Descriptions

LOWER DIVISION (100-200 level)

FRE 101                   Elementary French I
For students with no background or previous study of French. The focus of FRE 101 is the development of communicative abilities in speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension of French and an introduction to the cultural practices of the Francophone world. Themes on: university life, family, leisure activities, home and community. Includes both oral and written assessment of grammatical structures and vocabulary introduced, informal and formal writing. Conducted entirely in French. Not open to students who have completed 2 or more years of high school French. Closed to heritage or native speakers of French.

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer.

 

FRE 102                   Elementary French II
Continuation of FRE 101. The development of communicative abilities in speaking, reading, writing and comprehension of French and an introduction to the cultural practices of the Francophone world. Themes on: childhood and adolescence, food and lifestyle, university life and professions. Includes both oral and written assessments of grammatical structures and vocabulary introduced, informal and formal writing. Conducted entirely in French.

Prerequisite: FRE 101 or the equivalent. Closed to heritage and native speakers. Typically Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer.

 

FRE 105                   Accelerated Elementary French
For students with previous study of French desiring to review material covered in FRE 101 and 102 in preparation for continued study of French at the intermediate level. The focus of FRE 105 is the continued development of communicative abilities in speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension of French and an introduction to the cultural practices of the Francophone world. Themes on: family, leisure activities,home, and community, childhood and adolescence, food and lifestyle, university life and professions. Includes both oral and written assessments of grammatical structures and vocabulary introduced, informal and formal writing. Conducted entirely in French.

Prerequisite: Three or more years of high school French or the equivalent. Closed to heritage and native speakers; Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.


FRE 201                   Intermediate French I
For students with previous study of elementary-level French. The continued development of communicative abilities in speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension of French and an introduction to the cultural practices of the Francophone world. Themes on: travel, technological innovations, the evolution of family values, and social and environmental issues. Includes both oral and written assessments of grammatical structures and vocabulary introduced, informal and formal writing. Conducted entirely in French.

Prerequisite:  FRE 102 or 105, the equivalent from another institution, or 3-4 years high school French AP 3 Language test or IB 4. Closed to heritage and native speakers; Typically Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer.

 

FRE 202                   Intermediate French II
For students with some previous study of French at the intermediate level, who are familiar with all the tenses and with vocabulary related to the topics covered in FRE 101-201. FRE 202 is the first semester of a two-semester sequence ending with FRE 203. The continued development of skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in French, with an additional emphasis on cultural competence in the French-speaking world. Themes on: relationships, cultural values, different historical perspectives, and current politics. These themes will be explored through articles, films and literary texts. The course will develop writing and reading strategies, providing them with the tools to think, read, and write critically and analytically in papers of 1-3 pages. Progress will also be assessed through quizzes and exams. Course conducted entirely in French.

Prerequisite:  FRE 201 or 5-6 years of high school French. Closed to heritage and native speakers; Typically Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer.


FRE 203                   Advanced French III
Continuation of FRE 202. This course will prepare students for advanced literature, linguistic, and culture courses. The class will use films, literary works, and other cultural texts. Students will write analytic essays of 3-5 pages to develop style, vocabulary, and syntax. Course conducted entirely in French.

Prerequisite:  FRE 202. Closed to heritage and native speakers; Typically Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer.


FRE 280                   French Culture And Conservation
The major social, historical and political factors that have shaped contemporary and traditional French culture and society. This cultural approach to language-learning is set in the small towns and villages of the Sete region, rich and vibrant with a centuries-old history of intellectual advances and social tolerance, The historical and social evolution of French culture will be studied through film, literature and art with visits to relevant historical sites and museums.

Prerequisite:  FRE 102 or FRE 105; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.


  UPPER DIVISION (300-500 level)

 FRE 301                   Interpreting Literary and Cultural Texts in French
Tools for the interpretation and analysis of literary and cultural materials fromthe French-speaking world. Acquisition of terminology and theories through the study of the main literary genres (prose, poetry, and drama) and a complementary genre of cultural analysis (e.g., film studies, cultural studies, etc.). Emphasis on critical writing skills.

Prerequisite: FRE 214 or its equivalent. Closed to native speakers formally educated in French; Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

 

FRE 302                   The Cultures of France: Revolutionary Liberty and French National Identity
Historical survey of French intellectual, artistic, and popular culture. Writing Credit.

Prerequisite: FRE 214 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

FRE 303                   TThe Cultures Of Francophone Africa, Canada, And/Or The Caribbean
Historical survey of the intellectual, artistic, and popular culture of the French-speaking communities in Africa, Canada and the Caribbean.

Prerequisite: FRE 214 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

FRE 310                   Topics in French and Francophone Studies in Translation
Topics in the literature and/or cultures of the French-speaking world. Readings and discussion in English. Development of critical reading and writing skills. Fulfills humanities literature requirement. Writing Credit. Doses not fulfill foreign language requirement. May be repeated when the topic varies. May be used toward the French major in accordance with Department of Modern Languages and Literature stipulations.

Prerequisite: ENG 106 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

FRE 321                   Literary Topics
HThe study of literature, film and/or the arts through a specific topic. Maybe repeated for credit if topic is different.

Prerequisite: FRE 301 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

FRE 322                   Topics in Global French Culture
Issues centered on the culture of France and/or regions where French is spoken. Topics such as film, Caribbean history, journalism, translations, migration. May be repeated for credit if topic is different.

Prerequisite: FRE 301 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

FRE 325                   Topics In French-Language Cinema
Topics in the cinema of the French-speaking world. Analysis of films in their cultural context. May be repeated for credit if topics vary.

Prerequisite: FRE 301 or equivalent.

 

FRE 330                   Topics In Gender And Sexuality
Topics in gender and sexuality in the context of the French-speaking world, through literary and/or cultural studies. Writing Credit. May be repeated if topics vary.

Prerequisite: FRE 301 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

FRE 340                   Migration In Literary And Cultural Studies
Study of migration to or from France, French-speaking Canada and America, Africa and/or the Caribbean. Writing Credit. May be repeated for credit if topics vary.

Prerequisite: FRE 301 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

FRE 345                   Franco-Maghrebian Studies
The study of major historical, social, cultural and literary issues related to the Franco-Maghrebian interface. Writing Credit. May be repeated for credit if topics vary.

Prerequisite: FRE 301 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

FRE 346                   African Studies
Topics in the literary and/or cultural study of French-speaking Africa. May be repeated for credit if topics vary. Writing Credit.

Prerequisite: FRE 301 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

FRE 360                  The Caribbean Through Literary And Cultural Studies
Literary and cultural readings on the Caribbean. Writing Credit. May be repeated for credit if topics vary.

Prerequisite: FRE 301 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

FRE 363                  Medieval And Renaissance Topics In French
Topics within French literature from the 12th century to the end of the 16th century.

Prerequisite: FRE 301 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

FRE 364                  Early Modern Topics In French
Topics within French literature from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Prerequisite: FRE 301 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

FRE 365                  19th Century Topics In French
Topics within French literature from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Prerequisite: FRE 301 or equivalent; Typically Offered: Spring.

 

FRE 366                  20th and 21st Century Topics in French
Study of currents, themes, and movements that define and run the course of 20th and 21st century French literature and culture. Course materials may encompass a diverse array of sources, including art, film, literature, theatre, aesthetics, political cultures and theoretical debates. May be repeated if the topic changes substantially.

Prerequisite: FRE 301; Typically Offered: Fall.

 

FRE 394                  Internship
The internship is intended to provide the student with an opportunity to apply analytical, interpretive, expressive, and creative skills developed in coursework. Internships ordinarily take place outside the University. They involve UM-faculty supervision as well as supervised on-site experience in an French-speaking cultural, business, or not-for-profit organization. Student needs to fill out the internship application form. Normally 40 internship hours are required per credit earned (the host will supply documentary evidence of hours worked).

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer.

 

FRE 395                  Transfer Credits
Awarded for course work at another institution for which UM has no direct equivalent.

 

FRE 396                 Transfer Credits
Awarded for course work at another institution for which UM has no direct equivalent.

 

FRE 397                  Transfer Credits
Awarded for course work at another institution for which UM has no direct equivalent.

 

FRE 398                  Transfer Credits
Awarded for course work at another institution for which UM has no direct equivalent.

 

FRE 399                 Transfer Credits
Awarded for course work at another institution for which UM has no direct equivalent.

 

FRE 432                  French For Global Business
The language and culture tools needed to work and conduct business in French anywhere it is spoken around the world.

Prerequisite: FRE 301 or Requisite: Permission of Instructor; Typically Offered: Fall.

 

FRE 442                  Advanced writing workshop in French
Intensive writing of various genres based on the discussion of readings.

Prerequisite: FRE 301 or Requisite: Permission of Instructor; Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

FRE 446                  Debating Cultures and Societies in French
This course is designed to improve student's conversational skills cultivating formal academic speaking competencies, and to develop their critical thinking skills and analytical expression in French in order to help students achieve global literacy. In addition, this course seeks to build students' oral proficiency at the advanced level while increasing their awareness of Francophone cultures through active, responsible participation in discussions, debates and oral presentations in class. The class is conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FRE 301; Typically Offered: Spring.

 

FRE 495                 Transfer Credits
Awarded for 400-level course work at another institution for which UM has no direct equivalent.

 

FRE 501                 Capstone
Course with a broad-based topic designed to integrate high-level linguistic, critical and analytical skills with the body of knowledge acquired during the course of study toward the major. Topics vary. Open only to undergraduates in the last semester of their French major. Course is writing intensive; fulfills writing credit requirement.

Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

 

FRE 591                  Directed Readings
May be repeated for credit if topic is different.

Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

FRE 592                  Directed Readings

Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

FRE 593                  Directed Readings

Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

 

FRE 594                  Senior honors Thesis I
Directed research for honors thesis.

Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

 

FRE 595                 Senior honors Thesis II
Directed writing of honors thesis.

Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.