French Studies

Department Affiliation: Language and Culture

French is the most widely spoken European language outside of English. It remains the language of culture, but also of diplomacy and business, particularly in the European Community, but also in Africa and the Middle East.

The department offers two majors and one minor in French Studies. Either can be combined with other majors or minors, and students are encouraged to do so. Students are also encouraged to spend a Junior semester abroad—in France or other Francophone country—for a maximum of 12 transferable units.

The French programs lead to proficiency in the four basic language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing; culture is presented at every step of the learning process.

Majors must take at least 15 units in the department, and minors must take at least 12 units in the department.

Prerequisites: FRE 1 and FRE 2 (8 units)—or Language Fulfillment Alternative—fulfill the GS language requirement and prerequisites for majors and minors.

French Studies Major

The focus of this major is on language, literature and the culture of France and the Francophone world.

Prerequisites:

 

FRE 1 (4 units) & FRE 2 (4 units)
or
Language Fulfillment Alternative

(8)

I. Core Courses required for Majors and Minors

FRE 3 & 4

Intermediate French

(6)

CUL 107

Theory & Practice of Culture

(3)

FRE 101

Writing Lab

(3)

FRE 112

History & Civilization of France

(3)

 

 

(15)


II. Additional upper division courses French Studies

FRE 116

Contemporary Culture and Politics

(3)

FRE 124

Literary Masterpieces

(3)

FRE 128

Twentieth Century Literary Trends

(3)

FRE 191

Senior Thesis

(3)

 

Plus 2 additional upper division courses

(6)

 

 

(18)

Total units for the Major in French Studies: 33

French Studies with International Emphasis

The major in French Studies with International Emphasis combines language proficiency with an additional global dimension. This major is designed to familiarize students with the French culture while acquiring an understanding of the world and its complexity.

Prerequisites:

 

FRE 1 (4 units) & FRE 2 (4 units)
or
Language Fulfillment Alternative

 

(8)

I. Same Core Courses as above

(15)

II. Additional courses required for French Studies with International Emphasis

FRE 126

or

CUL108

Modern Classics

 

World Literature in Translation

 

(3)

FRE 116

Contemporary Culture and Politics

(3)

HIS 003

History of the World

(3)

 

ECO 112

or

POL 131

 

World Economic History

 

International Relations

 

 

(3)

 

Study Abroad

 

FRE 190A

Internship

(3)

Scholarships will be made available for the Internship abroad.

Total units for the Major: 30

French Studies Minor

The minor in French studies is designed for students who wish to acquire language and culture proficiency in French. It is designed to be easily added to any other major.

I. Same Core Courses as above

(15)

II. One (1) additional upper division course

(3)


Total units for the Minor in French Studies: 18 units

French Courses

FRE 1 Elementary French I (4)

Develops fundamental skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis on speaking and writing. GS-IV

FRE 2 Elementary French II (4)

Further improves all four language skills stressing reading and writing, and vocabulary building. GS-IV

FRE 3 Intermediate French III (3)

Emphasis on conversation and oral comprehension. Emphasis on vocabulary building and the acquisition of idiomatic speech patterns. GS-IV

FRE 4 Intermediate French IV (3)

Introduction to French and Francophone literature. A variety of literary texts will be read and discussed to improve reading and oral communication. GS-IV,VI

FRE 33A/B French Culture and Civilization (3,3)

A comprehensive approach, both historical and thematic, to a better understanding of French culture today. Highlights of major social and historical developments and of literary and artistic movements. These courses are given in English only through the Weekend College. GS-IV

FRE 101 French Writing Lab (3)

Intensive training in writing, with emphasis on vocabulary, idiom, structural patterns and style. Exercises in rhetoric, in creative and other forms of writing.

FRE 112 History and Civilization of France (3)

This course will cover the major trends and expressions of French civilization, including the Age of Cathedrals, the French Renaissance, the glory of Versailles, and the bench mark of the French Revolution.

FRE 114 The Belle Epoque: Before and After (3)

This post Revolutionary period starts with Napoleon and ends with the second World War. From Romanticism and Surrealism in literature, from Impressionism to Cubism in painting, it is the vibrant evolution of modern France.

FRE 116 Contemporary Culture and Politics (3)

The economic recovery of France under the leadership of Charles de Gaulle, its place and role in the European Community, as well as the new trends in art, philosophy, literature and films are some of the topics included in this course.

FRE 124 Literary Masterpieces (3)

Poetry, tragedies, comedies and philosophical essays, from the Middle Ages to the end of the eighteenth century: the best of French literature before the Revolution.

FRE 126 Modern Classics (3)

The nineteenth century has been called the Golden Age of French literature and includes Balzac, Victor Hugo, Beaudelaire, Flaubert, Emile Zola and many other remarkable writers.

FRE 128 Twentieth Century Literary Trends (3)

From the Surrealists to the Roman Nouveau, this course will focus on some of the great French writers of this century, with special emphasis on Albert Camus, André Malraux, Marcel Pagnol, and Natalie Sarraute. Selected texts from various Francophone cultures will be evaluated in terms of cultural variances and their impact on mainstream French literature. GS-VI

FRE 190A/B Internship (3,3)

Internship/cooperative experience programs in areas related to French culture or international business.

FRE 191 Senior Thesis (3)

A two-semester directed research project required for majors under the direction of a department faculty member. The topic of the thesis must be approved by the department chairperson. Students must enroll in their thesis course no later than the first semester of their senior year.

FRE 194 Study/Travel (1-6)

Pre-travel lectures and readings, as well as guided tours in the country, serve as basis for a study/travel program, with each participant developing a project highlighting the travel experiences.

FRE 196H Senior Honors Thesis (3)

Open only to students admitted to the Honors Program.

FRE 198AB Directed Readings (3,3)

Directed readings selected from authors representative of significant literary periods.

FRE 199AB Independent Studies (1-3,1-3)

Directed research. For qualified students with the approval of the department.