College of Liberal Arts
Program Course Descriptions
FREN 201-202 Intermediate French I and II (3, 3)
These intermediate courses review material typically covered in a first-year French course. They are aimed at building student proficiency in all four language skills(listening, speaking, reading and writing) and enhancing knowledge of the cultures of French-speaking people. Prerequisite: FREN 102 or equivalent.
FREN 250 Study Tour: Selected Geographical Area (1-3)
Group cultural study tour in a particular geographical area in the French-speaking world. Students will enhance their general cultural knowledge of that region with a Mount professor. This course is conducted in English. May be repeated for credit.
FREN 270 Study Abroad: Selected Geographical Area (3-12)
Individual or group study in a particular geographical area in the French-speaking world.Students will complete language skills courses at an approved foreign language institute or university equivalent to 200-level foreign language Mount courses. May be repeated for credit.
FREN 301 Writing Provence: French Composition (3)
This advanced review of French grammar examines the visual and literary arts of Provence and the ways in which its culture and geography have inspired numerous French writers and artists. Through the study of this region, students refine their ability to read and write a range of styles. Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent.
FREN 302 Advanced French Conversation (3)
Students learn to express themselves clearly and correctly when they speak French and to understand French spoken in a variety of contexts. Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent. FREN 301 is not a prerequisite for FREN 302. This course is not open to native speakers of French.
FREN 310 French for Business (3)
This course provides students with a general knowledge of French business practices and the vocabulary necessary to function in a variety of professional settings. The students learn terms and concepts related to the fields of economics, management, finance,marketing as well as contemporary French civilization which connects to the business world. Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent.
FREN 315 French Civilization through the Vallée de la Loire (3)
Taking the Loire Valley as its text, this course introduces students to the major historical and cultural developments of French civilization prior to 1880 through readings and discussions of selected texts of historical and literary importance, works of art, architecture and music originating in this region. Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent.
FREN 320 Modern France: La Belle Epoque to 1968 (3)
Students develop an appreciation of the distinct national character of modern France through a study of exemplary works of literature, music, art, and cinema produced in the period extending from the "Belle Epoque" to 1968. Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent.
FREN 330 Contemporary France: Film and Culture (3)
A study of contemporary French culture and civilization through the medium of film.The course uses representative films and contemporary literature in order to explore current issues such as the effects of the world wars, colonialism, and immigration on French national identity. Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent.
FREN 340 Phonetics and Francophone Identities (3)
This course examines the linguistic characteristics of the French-speaking communities
around the world. After studying the basic elements of French linguistics, the International Phonetic Alphabet, the position of speech organs in the production of the principal phonemes of standard French, and speech intonation patterns, students analyze the French language as it is spoken in Africa, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland,Louisiana, and the Caribbean. Additionally, students consider the history of the French language, the development of French-based creoles, and the formation of vocabulary both formal and slang in a variety of French-speaking regions in order to gain further insight into the nature of Francophone identities. Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent.
FREN 350 French Literary History I (3)
This course traces the literary development of France from the Middle Ages through the 18th century. In this survey, students acquire an appreciation of the major themes and literary movements of French letters through close readings of select excerpts from the Song of Roland to Candide. Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent.
FREN 351 French Literary History II (3)
This course continues to survey the literature of France from the period immediately following the French revolution to the 21st century. The course considers the major authors, movements, and genres which modern French letters have contributed to world literature. Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent.
FREN 370 Study Abroad: Selected Geographical Area (3-12)
Individual or group study in a particular geographical area in the French-speaking world. Students will complete language skills courses at an approved foreign language institute or university equivalent to 300-level foreign language Mount courses. May be repeated for credit.
FREN 400 French in the Americas (3)
This course examines one or more of the literary and cultural traditions of the French speaking peoples of North America and the Caribbean; i.e., the Acadians, the Cajuns, the Québécois, the Haitians, and the French Antilleans. Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent.
FREN 410 French Literary Conquest of Latin America (3)
The Argentinean writer Manuel Ugarte characterizes the extensive French influence in Latin American letters and culture as a "conquest." This course examines the sources of the "literary conquest" by studying several major cultural and literary achievements of 19th- and early 20th-century France that helped to shape the literary production ofa number of Latin American authors. The course also examines several works by Latin American writers who have written in French or who have been translated into French.Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent.
FREN 420 Francophone Africa and Its Literature (3)
This course introduces students to the literatures and cultures of Subsaharan francophone Africa. Students explore notions of orality and orature through traditionaltexts as they examine in tandem through formal literary analysis representative works of written literature by authors from the Wolof, Mande, Fon and Ewe-speaking peoplesin Sénégal, Mali, Guinée, Togo, and Bénin. While gaining an understanding of the distinctness of these cultures, students also consider ways in which the language of the colonizer has been appropriated and transformed to reflect a francophone African literary culture. Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent.
FREN 430 Fictions of the Maghreb (3)
This course introduces students to the literary and cultural contribution of the North African writers to French language letters. The course may also include works by French-speaking authors in Lebanon, Egypt, and the Middle Eastern diaspora.Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent.
FREN 440 Building Castles in Sand: Tahiti, and Other French speaking Islands (3)
Through a selection of European and American histories and fictions about the French speaking non-western insular bodies around the globe, this course examines the ways in which Western narratives have invented and molded the "island" others. Additionally, the course studies the literary texts, myths, and artistic traditions of the island cultures in an effort to understand the ways in which the indigenous cultural traditions are employed by the islanders as a response to the imposed identity. Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent.
FREN 475 Study Abroad: Selected Geographical Area (3-12)
Individual or group study in a particular geographical area in the French-speaking world.Students will complete culture or literature courses at an approved foreign language institute or university equivalent to 400-level foreign language Mount courses. May be repeated for credit.
FREN 498 Senior French Capstone Experience (1)
Through a review and reconsideration of significant cultural and literary readings studied throughout the major program, students will demonstrate in writing and speaking their ability to "read," the products of a culture, to synthesize its practices, and finally to interpret and reflect upon the perspectives of the target Francophone cultures.Prerequisite: Senior standing