Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

 Course Description

BY-PASS CREDIT

  • Students who place directly into 218, and who earn a grade of B or better for the course will receive credit for 217 upon application to the Registrar.
  •  Students who place above 218 and who subsequently enroll
    in an advanced level course and earn a grade of B or better will receive credit for the appropriate
    prerequisite course upon application to the Registrar. In order to fulfill the WL CCR, these
    students must take a second advanced level course.

FRENCH MAJOR

 Any 8 French courses, not including 115, 116, or 217; 457 or 471 (culminating experience).
Comprehensive evaluation with passing grade. Total of 9 courses.

FRENCH MINOR
 Any 5 French courses, not including 115, 116, or 217. Total of 5 minor courses.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Fre 115. Beginning French I. An introduction to basic modes of communication in the target
language. Emphasis is on everyday language while developing speaking, listening, reading, and
writing as well as introducing cultures of the target language.

Fre 116. Beginning French II. A continuation of French 115. Prerequisite: Fre 115 or
placement into 116.

Fre 161. Francophone Multiculturalism. An examination of historical, political, artistic,
literary, religious and social issues resulting from the exchanges between French culture and the
non-western cultures (e.g. West African, North African, Caribbean, Asian, Arabic, Muslim,
Buddhist) in its midst.

Fre 217. Intermediate French. Reinforcement and expansion of grammatical and
phonological patterns. Emphasis given to development of speaking, listening, reading, and
writing skills as well as to the study of cultures of the target language. Prerequisite: Fre 116 or
placement into 217.

Fre 218. Advanced Intermediate French. Advanced study involving expansion and synthesis
of knowledge and understanding of the target language and its cultures. Prerequisite: Fre 217 or
placement into 218.

Fre 222. French Cinema. Taught in English, a survey course examining French cinema from
its 19th century pioneers to the innovative New Wave directors of the 1950s to contemporary
filmmakers. Students with French ability may choose to write papers in French.

The following courses are limited to students who have taken Fre 218 or who have been placed
there through a placement examination administered by Hanover College. Acceptance into one
of these courses without 218 requires SPECIAL PERMISSION of the instructor. All readings,
discussions, and compositions in these courses are in French.

Fre 227. Off-Campus French Conversation in a Contemporary Context. Conducted in a
French-speaking country. Intensive work in oral expression, focusing on practical situations and
contemporary issues by means of a variety of texts. Prerequisite: successful completion of 218
and permission of instructor.

Fre 228. On-Campus French Conversation in a Contemporary Context. Intensive work in
oral expression, focusing on practical situations and contemporary issues, by means of a variety
of texts. Prerequisite: successful completion of 218. Offered alternate years. May precede Fre
227, but may not be taken after Fre 227.

Fre 239. French Civilization and Culture Before 1900. Examination of the social, geographic
and political structures of early France, as well as general study of the country's history and
artistic expression from the Gallo-Roman era through the 19th century.

Fre 240. Contemporary French Business and Culture. Examination of the political,
economic, artistic and social structures of 20th and 21st-century France and their contribution
to French business structure.

Fre 310. Studies in French Literature and Culture. A study of selected topics related to the
literature and culture of France.

Fre 311. Studies in Francophone Literatures and Cultures. A study of selected topics related
to the literatures and cultures of the Francophone world.

Fre 320. Introduction to French Literature. An introductory course on the three principal
genres of French and Francophone literature - prose, theatre, and poetry -with emphasis
on comprehension and literary/stylistic analysis. This course will prepare students for more
extensive readings in advanced French literature courses.

Fre 332. 17th and 18th Century French Literature. A study of representative works of prose,
poetry and theatre from the Baroque, Classical, Enlightenment and Pre-Romantic periods.

Fre 335. 19th-Century French Literature. A study of representative major works of prose,
poetry, and theatre from the Romantic, Realist, Naturalist, and Symbolist periods.

Fre 336. 20th-Century French Literature. A study of representative major works of prose,
poetry, and theatre from the Surrealist, Existentialist, and Absurdist movements. May also
include representative works of non-European Francophone literatures.

Fre 423. French Middle Ages and 16th-Century Literature. Emphasis on the medieval epic
and romance and on Rabelais, Montaigne and representative poets of the French Renaissance.