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FR 101 : First Semester French

Prerequisites: None
Description: Understanding, speaking, reading, and writing the French language; basic elements of French and Francophone culture. Acquisition of communicative skills in situational/cultural contexts.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FR 102 : Second Semester French

Prerequisites: FR 101 or equivalent.
Description: Continuation of FR 101.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FR 205 : French in Review I

Prerequisites: Novice High Level (FR 102 or equivalent).
Description: Attainment of Intermediate Low Level in the four skills in French through exercises based on authentic French and Francophone cultural materials. For students who need more review with or before Intermediate French.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FR 215 : Intermediate French I

Prerequisites: FR 205 or equivalent and a score of 403 or higher on the French Placement Test.
Description: Attainment of Intermediate High Level in the four skills in French through increasingly complex tasks based on authentic French and Francophone cultural materials.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

FR 216 : Intermediate French II

Prerequisites: Intermediate High Level in French (FR 215 or equivalent).
Description: Attainment of Advanced Low Level in the four skills in French through increasingly complex tasks based on authentic French and Francophone cultural materials.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FR 301 : French Phonetics

Prerequisites: FR 215 and 216 or equivalent.
Description: The French sound system and intonation/prosody. Practice of French pronunciation. Phonetic transcription of written French. Applications to readings in poetry and prose.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FR 305 : French Composition

Prerequisites: FR 215 and FR 216 or equivalent.
Description: Practice in expository writing. Form, development, and organization of various types of essays, including the study of style.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

FR 306 : Advanced Conversation

Prerequisites: FR 215 and 216 or equivalent. May be taken concurrently with FR 305.
Description: Oral presentation and group discussions based on literary and cultural topics.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

FR 400 GW : French Culture - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 with a grade of C- or better; FR 305, or equivalent.
Description: Introduction to French culture from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. Sixty percent of written work will be done in English. (ABC/NC grading only.)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FR 410 : Contemporary French Civilization

Prerequisites: FR 305 or equivalent.
Description: The culture and civilization of France from 1939 to present.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

FR 450 : French/Francophone Literature, Linguistics, and/or Culture

Prerequisites: FR 305 and FR 306 or equivalent, and FR 325 or equivalent if topic is language, translation, or stylistics. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated for a total of 12 units when topics vary. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

FR 450 : Translating Themes: English/French

Prerequisites: FR 500 or equivalent.
Description: Translations from a selection of representative texts written in modern English. Four kinds of English texts are examined for translation into French: literature, literary criticism, journalism, and business language. Emphasis on the specific stylistic problems encountered when translating such different genres. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

FR 500 : Introduction to Literary Texts

Prerequisites: FR 301, 305, and 306, or equivalents. Completion of FR 400, or equivalent, or concurrent enrollment highly recommended.
Description: Oral and written analysis of selected texts in French, representative of the different periods of French and Francophone literature.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FR 501 : Contes et Poemes

Prerequisites: FR 305 or equivalent. FR 301 and FR 306 recommended.
Description: A study of the "conte," or tale, in both its verse and prose forms, as expressed in French and Francophone literature from the Middle Ages to the present.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

FR 525 : 17th and 18th Century French Theater

Prerequisites: FR 500 or equivalent.
Description: Introduction to principal dramatic texts and conventions of seventeenth and eighteenth century France. Paired with FR 825. Students who have completed FR 525 may not take FR 825 for credit.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

FR 535 : Les Philosophes

Prerequisites: FR 500 or equivalent.
Description: 18th century French literature. Social and political writings of Montesquieu, Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau. Paired with FR 835. Students who have completed FR 535 may not take FR 835 later for credit.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

FR 555 : Art et Poesie: 1860-1940

Prerequisites: FR 500 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: French and Francophone poetry between 1860 and 1940 and its relation with the arts, especially music and painting. (Paired with FR 855. Students who have completed FR 555 may not take FR 855 for credit.)
Units: 3

FR 565 : Paris: Capitale du 19e siecle

Prerequisites: FR 500 or FR 501 or equivalent.
Description: Investigation of the significance of the French metropolis's rise to preeminence following the French Revolution. Examination of nineteenth-century literary and visual representations of Paris alongside histories of the city; exploration of how culture intersects with the urban environment. Paired with FR 865. Students who have completed FR 565 may not take FR 865 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

FR 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of department chair and instructor.
Description: Written project in linguistics, literature or culture. Material adapted to individual needs and interests. Open only to students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. May be repeated.
Units: 1-3

FR 800 : Seminar in French and Francophone Language and Culture

Prerequisites: Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when topics vary.
Units: 3

FR 800 : Humor, Arts et Litterature

Prerequisites: Admission to French M.A. program or consent of instructor.
Description: Study of humor in French and Francophone arts and literature.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

FR 800 : Litterature Francophone

Prerequisites: Admission to French M.A. program or consent of instructor.
Description: An introduction to literature written in French, but mostly outside of Hexagonal France.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FR 810 : Seminar in French Literary Movements, Periods, or Genres

Prerequisites: Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when topics vary.
Units: 3

FR 810 : Conte et Nouvelle au XIXeme Siecle

Prerequisites: Admission to French M.A. program or consent of instructor.
Description: A study of the short story in France during the 19th century: the social context of its development, its themes, and its poetics.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

FR 810 : Contes de fees au 17e Siecle

Prerequisites: Admission to French M.A. program or consent of instructor.
Description: Literary, historical, and cultural significance of the fairly tale in 17th Century France though the topics of the genre, folklore tradition, motifs and themes represented, including a parallel with Louis XIV's court.
Units: 3

FR 810 : L'Amour et la Guerre

Prerequisites: Admission to French M.A. program or consent of instructor.
Description: An examination of parallels and conflicts between ideologies of love and war as expressed in several significant works of medieval French literature: the Song of Roland, Chretien de Troyes' novels, the Romance of the Rose, and Aucassin et Nicolette.
Units: 3

FR 810 : La Femme du Moyen Age a la Renaissance

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in French program, or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of the literary, historical, and cultural significance of the woman as writer and as inspiration in the French medieval and Renaissance periods.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

FR 810 : Le Roman du XIXe Siecle

Prerequisites: Admission to French M.A. program or consent of instructor.
Description: A thorough study and analysis of seven major authors of the 19th century, their novels, and the three main literary movements of this period--romanticism, realism, and naturalism.
Units: 3

FR 810 : Le Roman du XXe Siecle

Prerequisites: Graduate status in French master's program or consent of instructor before first day of class.
Description: An in-depth study of the 20th century French novel through reading, analysis, and discussion of eight major novels. Emphasis on thematic and stylistic innovations which transformed this genre.
Units: 3

FR 810 : Les Deux Sexes du Roman

Prerequisites: Admission to French graduate program or consent of instructor.
Description: Principal narrative forms and conventions of 18th century literature and their relationship to the issue of gender and identity.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

FR 810 : Monstres du 19e siecle

Prerequisites: Admission to the French M.A. program or consent of instructor.
Description: Investigation of the pervasive nineteenth-century fascination with monstrosity through readings spanning a variety of genres including poetry, short stories, novels, and historical documents. What is the relationship between alterity and modernity, and what can these literary "monsters" tell us about ourselves?
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FR 810 : Poesie et Theatre Romantique

Prerequisites: Graduate status in French or consent of instructor.
Description: A study of the romantic movement in France through its poetry and theater.
Units: 3

FR 812 : Le Merveilleux

Prerequisites: B.A. in French or consent of instructor.
Description: Discovery of the Other and unknown lands through literary works, maps, and paintings from the Middle Ages to 17th century. How medieval and early modern France imagines remote worlds and their exotic inhabitants.
Units: 3

FR 825 : 17th and 18th Century French Theater

Prerequisites: FR 500 or equivalent.
Description: For course description, see FR 525. Paired with FR 525. Students who have completed FR 825 may not take FR 525 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

FR 835 : Les Philosophes

Prerequisites: FR 500 or equivalent.
Description: For course description, see FR 535. Paired with FR 535. Students who have completed FR 835 may not take FR 535 for credit.
Units: 3

FR 855 : Art et Poesie: 1860-1940

Prerequisites: Admission to French M.A. program or consent of instructor.
Description: For course description, see FR 555. (Paired with FR 555. Students who have completed FR 855 may not take FR 555 for credit.)
Units: 3

FR 865 : Paris: Capitale du 19e siecle

Prerequisites: Admission to French M.A. program or consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with FR 565. For course description, see FR 565. Students who have completed FR 865 may not take FR 565 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

FR 898 : Master's Thesis

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) for the Master of Arts in French and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: Thesis must be written in French. Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FR 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser and supervising faculty member.
Description: Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the department faculty. Open only to graduate students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition.
Units: 1-3
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