The curriculum in French includes beginning video-based language classes, intermediate courses focusing on culture and language, advanced language and composition courses, surveys of literature and civilization, theme-based advanced courses covering French and Francophone literature and cinema, and other more specialized courses, such as the French of Business and Economics. All courses are in French unless otherwise specified.
The B.A. in French has two tracks, 1) the Language and Literature track which requires completion of six French courses above the intermediate level, providing background in French civilization, French and Francophone literature and/or film; and 2) the French Studies track which requires five French courses beyond the intermediate level plus three approved related courses in complementary fields.
Major Requirements for French Language and Literature Track Units
One course in Advanced Language such as:
110-Grammaire, Composition et Discussion (4) or
107-French of Business & Economics (4)
Plus five additional advanced courses, to include one course A and one course B of the following series as well as the Capstone course:
116-Littérature Française A (4)
112-Civilisation Française A (4)
118-Littérature Française B (4)
114-Civilisation Française B (4)
And/or however many of the following to bring number to five:
120-Le Cinéma Français/French Cinema
4122-La Francophonie (4)
124-lndividu et Société (4)
126-Penseurs et Philosophes (4)
128-lmages et Voix de Femmes (4)
MLL Required Course:
LANG 195 Capstone Seminar (2)
Major Total 26
Approved equivalents of major requirements are acceptable, but at least three advanced courses must be completed in the French section of the Department of Modern Language and Literature, Demonstrated oral proficiency at the ACTFL advanced level is expected at the time of graduation.
Major Requirements 7-12
Graduation Total** 26
*See Degree Requirements paragraph.
**Presumes an average of four units per course plus two capstone units.
Major Requirements for French Studies Track
Requirements for the French Studies track are five courses in French beyond FREN 25-lntermediate French, fourth semester, plus the two-unit capstone. Students may take French 51 or French 120 in English when offered to count for one of the five. Assignments may be completed in French as an option, or at the discretion of the instructor. Two to three of the advanced courses may be completed in a study abroad program. Three related courses in other departments are an additional requirement. Among the options for related courses are: ARTH 112-19th Century European Art; ARTH 114-20th Century European Art and Film; GEOG 116-Western Europe; GEOG 118 Canada: Land, Resources, and People; HIST 104-Medieval History, HIST IIO-The European Age; HIST 114-Europe in Turmoil; HIST 115-Europe since 1945; HIST 138-French and Russian Revolutions; HIST 178-Historyof Modern Ideas Since 1750; HIST 180-European Socialist Tradition; POLS 141-Comparative Politics of Western Europe; POLS 168-Comparative Foreign Policy; ECON 121-International Trade (prerequisites: ECON 53, 55). Other courses may be negotiable with the French Studies faculty adviser and be pre-approved for credit in the major. At least one semester of study abroad in a French-speaking country and in a program in the target language is strongly urged. A student may not major in both French and French Studies.
Five courses (20 units), in French beginning first semester, first-year. At least two of the five required courses must be at the advanced level. A minimum of 12 of the 20 units and at least one advanced course must be completed in the Modern Language and Literature Department.
French Course Descriptions
FREN 011A. First-Year French, First Semester. 4 Units.
Students begin training in the basic language skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing at the first semester level. A communicative and cultural approach is the focus and students with previous experience in French are initially placed in accordance with their linguistic proficiency. Placement is subject to continual re-evaluation.
FREN 011B. First-Year French, Second Semester. 4 Units.
Students begin training in the basic language skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing at the second semester level. A communicative and cultural approach is the focus, and placement is subject to continual re-evaluation. Prerequistite: FREN 011A with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.
FREN 023. Intermediate French, Third Semester. 4 Units.
Culture and civilization through a study of current issues and events in the press, cinema, and fiction. Integrated acquisition and review of grammar as a functioning language system. Prerequisite: FREN 011B with a "C-" or better, or permission of the instructor.
FREN 025. Intermediate French, Fourth Semester. 4 Units.
Students continue and expand on cultural themes begun in FREN 023 that include current issues and events in the press, cinema, and fiction. The course includes an integrated acquisition and review of grammar as a functioning system. Prerequisite: FREN 023 with a "C-" or better, or permission of the instructor.
FREN 051. French Literature in English. 4 Units.
A study of selected themes, periods, and genres in French and Francophone literature is examined. For specific topics, see FREN 124, FREN 122, and FREN 128. All readings, discussions, lectures, and exams are in English. This course is applicable to French Studies Majors.
FREN 107. Introduction to French of Business and Economics. 4 Units.
French language is studied with a focus on the cultures of business, politics, and social science. This course uses mass media and documents from business and world events to prepare students for work in professional settings. Prerequisite: FREN 025 with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.
FREN 110. Grammaire, Composition et Discussion. 4 Units.
The essential principles of written and oral expression in French at the advanced level is covered, and the course focuses on essays, non-fiction, current events, film, and other media. Prerequisite: FREN 025 with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.
FREN 112. Civilisation Française A. 4 Units.
Topics in the culture and civilization of France from the Middle Ages through the 17th century are covered with a focus on scholastic and gothic cultures; Renaissance connections around the world; politics and the arts; and court culture of the Sun King. Prerequisite: FREN 025 with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.
FREN 114. Civilsation Française B. 4 Units.
Topics in the culture and civilization of France from the 18th century to the present are covered and studies include philosophers and revolutionaries, development of literary culture, avant-gardes, multi-cultural France, and the French nation within Europe. Prerequisite: FREN 025 with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.
FREN 116. Littérature Française A. 4 Units.
An introductory study of French literature from the Middle Ages through the 18th century. Includes works by Chretien de Troyes, Marie de France, Rabelais, Villon, Louise Labbe, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Mme de Stael, Rousseau, Graffigny, Diderot, Beaumarchais, and others. Prerequisite: FREN 025 with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.
FREN 118. Littérature Française B. 4 Units.
An introductory study of French literature from the 19th century to the present. Includes works by Balzac, Sand, Flaubert, Zola, Proust, Colette, Gide, Modiano, Duras and others. Prerequisite: FREN 025 with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.
FREN 120. Le Cinema Francais/French Cinema in English. 4 Units.
Students study the development of French cinema from its inception to the present through the analysis of themes, culture, styles, and cinematography. Directors who are studied include Lumiere, Melies, Vigo, Gance, Renoir, Carne, Godard, Truffaut, Resnais, Chabrol, Tavenier, Varda, Cantet, Kassovitz and others. The course is in French. Occassionally offered in English with no prerequisite. (Course is applicable to the French Studies Track in French or English version.) Prerequisite: FREN 025 with a "C-" or better or permission of the instructor.
FREN 122. La Francophonie. 4 Units.
The course examines studies in the literature and film of French-speaking Africa, the Antilles, and/or Canada. Emphasis is on issues of language, race, gender, power, cultural-identity, and international development. The course is in French, and it is occasionally offered in English as FREN 051. Prerequisite: FREN 025 with a "C-" or better or permission of the instructor.
FREN 124. Individu et Societe. 4 Units.
This course is the exploration of the construction of the self and its relation to the social in various periods in French culture through literature and film. The course focuses on universality and difference, the autobiographical project, social determinism, exclusion and revolt. Students examine works by Madame de Lafayette, Laclos, Rousseau, Votaire, Diderot, Balzac, Sand, Baudelaire, Flaubert, Zola, Gide, Camus, Ba, Modiano and others. This course is occasionally offered in English as FREN 051. Prerequisite: FREN 025 with a "C-" or better or permission of the instructor.
FREN 126. Penseurs et Philosophes. 4 Units.
Students study the French moralists, essayists and philosophers from the Renaissance to the present with a focus on the history of French though and its preferred fields of speculation. Selected readings are from Montaigne, Pascal, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Sartre, Camus, de Beauvoir, Foucault, Wittig and others. This course is taught in French. Prerequisite: FREN 025 with a "C-" or better or permission of the instructor.
FREN 128. Images et Voix de Femmes. 4 Units.
Students study images and voices of women from medieval times to the present. The course includes an analysis of "la condition feminine" in the French literary and cultural context with a focus on authors that include Marie de France, Louis Labe, Mme de Lafayette, George Sand, Colette, Wittig, Nemirovsky and others. The course is in French. Prerequisite: FREN 025 with a "C-" or better or permission of the instructor. It is occasionally offered in English as FREN 051. May be repeated with permission of the instructor.
FREN 130. L'Adaptation cinématographique. 4 Units.
This is a study of the aesthetics of film adaptation in French cinema. Readings of major works of French and Francophone literature adapted to the screen: Zola, Maupassant, Gide, Duras, Balzac, Diderot, Laferriere and others. The course includes discussion of cross-cultural film adaptations. Prerequisite: FREN 025 with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.
FREN 191. Etudes Independantes. 2-4 Units.
This course is ordinarily limited to majors in their senior year.
French Language Faculty
Katherine Golsan, 1994, Professor (FRENCH), B.A., Colgate University, 1976; M.A., University of North Carolina, 1980; Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1988. Member, Phi Beta Kappa.
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Cosana Eram, 2012, Assistant Professor (FRENCH); B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Magna Cum Laude, 2003, University of Bucharest, Romania; Ph.D. in French and Humanities, Stanford University, 2010.
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