French

Requirements & Courses

  • French courses, as designated by the three-letter prefix FRN, are taught in French.  World Languages and Cultures courses, as designated by the three-letter prefix WLC, are taught in English.  Courses taught internationally may have a different emphasis from those offered on campus.

  • Major Requirements

     Thirty-six credits beyond FRN-112, which must include:

    1. Sixteen credits of upper-level French classes.
    2. Successful completion of WLC 101;
    3. Students should be aware that a maximum of 6 credits (including WLC 101) may be taken wherein the primary language of instruction is English; courses must be pre-approved by the WLC department. 
    4. A minimum of one semester of approved international study in a French-speaking country.
    5. Successful completion of English cognate: 4 credits from ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 220, ENG 225, or ENG 320
    6. Language Proficiency must be demonstrated by taking an approved external proficiency exam. Majors are expected to perform at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Advanced Low proficiency level (as averaged across the four skills listening, speaking, reading, writing).
    7. Students will write and defend in open forum an acceptable paper of moderate length reflecting on their study of French, study abroad experience and how the role of language and culture combines with the mission of a liberal arts education.
  • Minor Requirements
    1. Two credits of WLC 101 and twenty-four (24 cr) FRN credits, which must include:
    2. Eight FRN credits at the upper level.
    3. A semester or Spring Term of study in a French-speaking country is highly recommended.
    4. Language Proficiency must be demonstrated by taking an approved external proficiency exam. Majors are expected to perform at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Intermediate High proficiency level (as averaged across the four skills listening, speaking, reading, writing).

    The course numbers FRN 291-295 and *391-*395 are reserved for courses taken on College-approved programs of study abroad.

  • The course numbers FRN 291-295 and *391-*395 are reserved for courses taken on College-approved programs of study abroad. Level determined by FRN 222 and placement.
  • Four credits from FRN 112 or higher, with the exception of practicum or independent study courses, count towards the Distributive Requirements in the Humanities.
  • Department Honors may be achieved in the World Languages and Cultures Department by:
    1. Having a 3.5 GPA in all language classes.
    2. Performing beyond minimum requirements on the Language Exam portion of the Departmental Comprehensive Evaluation.
    3. Presenting a senior thesis of honors caliber.
    Advanced Credit in a second language may be earned by:
    1. Scoring at the 4 level or higher on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam.
    2. Successfully completing the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) or the National Foreign Language Examination.

Courses

  • FRN
    111
    .
    Beginning French I
    4 credits
    Introduction to French. Primary objective is to help students acquire necessary basic skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Secondary objective is to provide insight on French culture and society.
  • FRN
    112
    .
    Beginning French II
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: FRN-111 or Permission
    Introduction to French. Primary objective is to help students acquire necessary basic skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Secondary objective is to provide insight on French culture and society.
  • FRN
    169
    .
    Quebec
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: Permission
    An introduction to the province of Quebec, designed for students with one year of college French or more. Readings cover the history of the province, its political struggles, and its artistic expression. Includes a visit to Montreal, and extended stay at Laval University, museum visitations, and limited excursions. Course fee. Spring Term only.
  • FRN
    170
    .
    Paris in May
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: Permission
    Provides two academic components: language study and French culture. Students attend a regular language class through Alma College at the Alliance Francais (any level) and study cultural history of Paris through selected readings, directed visits and shows. Course fee. Spring Term only.
  • FRN
    207
    .
    French Conversation I
    2 credits
    Extensive class discussion, oral reports, summaries of selected readings and viewing materials to develop fluency in oral expression and comprehension. Reading and discussion of numerous topics, which change each year. May be repeated for up to four credits. Does not count toward the French majors or minors.
  • FRN
    221
    .
    Intermediate French I
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: FRN-112 or placement
    Systematic study of grammar and further development of speaking and writing skills through readings and discussions.
  • FRN
    222
    .
    Intermediate French II
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: FRN-221 or Placement
    Systematic study of grammar and further development of speaking and writing skills through readings and discussions.
  • FRN
    255
    .
    French Literature in Translation
    4 credits
    A study of representative literary works in translation from the French canon. Readings/lecture/discussion in English.
  • FRN
    291
    .
    French Language Studies
    2-4 credits
    Further study of grammar and development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
  • FRN
    292
    .
    Targeted French Language Studies
    2-4 credits
    Targeted study of written French, oral French, or pronunciation.
  • FRN
    293
    .
    Studies in History and Civilization
    2-4 credits
    Topics in French, Francophone, or regional history, culture, art, or film.
  • FRN
    294
    .
    Studies in French and Francophone Lit
    2-4 credits
    Studies in literature on a variety of topics or genres.
  • FRN
    295
    .
    Studies in Business French
    2-4 credits
    Study of business French for commercial communication with the French-speaking world.
  • FRN
    307
    .
    French Conversation II
    2 credits
    Extensive class discussion, oral reports, summaries of selected readings and viewing materials to develop fluency in oral expression and comprehension. Reading and discussion of numerous topics, which change each year. May be repeated for up to four credits. Does not count toward the French majors or minors.
  • FRN
    321
    .
    French Composition and Conversation
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: FRN-222
    Advanced composition and conversation with extensive writing and emphasis on speaking skills. Includes reading, discussions and debate on a wide variety of cultural topics.
  • FRN
    330
    .
    Current Issues
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: FRN-321 or Permission
    Advanced composition and conversation. Contemporary French social problems contrasted with those of the U.S. using newspapers, magazines and TV broadcasts.
  • FRN
    350
    .
    Study in French Literature
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: FRN-321 or Permission
    Studies in literature which emphasize different centuries, genres or themes. May be taken more than once for credit.
  • FRN
    354
    .
    From Labelle Epoque to the 1990s
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: FRN-321 or Permission
    Study of major literary movements and authors of the 20th century.
  • FRN
    355
    .
    History of French Literature I
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: FRN-321 or Permission
    Study in French literature from its origins to the late 20th century. Readings from significant works of each literary period.
  • FRN
    356
    .
    History of French Literature II
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: FRN-321 or Permission
    Study in French literature from its origins to the late 20th century. Readings from significant works of each literary period.
  • FRN
    360
    .
    Francophone Literature
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: FRN-321 or Permission
    Studies in French-speaking, non-European countries’ literatures. Addresses Afro-French literature, French-Caribbean literature, or French-Canadian literature.
  • FRN
    369
    .
    Quebec
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: Permission
    An introduction to the province of Quebec, designed for students with one year of college French or more. Readings cover the history of the province, its political struggles, and its artistic expression. Includes a visit to Montreal, and extended stay at Laval University, Course fee. Spring Term only.
  • FRN
    370
    .
    Paris in May
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: Permission
    Provides two academic components: language study and French culture. Students attend a regular language class through Alma College at the Alliance Francais (any level) and study cultural history of Paris through selected readings, directed visits and shows. Course fee. Spring Term only.
  • FRN
    371
    .
    History of French Civilization I
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: FRN-321 and permission
    Introduction to French civilization and culture to 1715. Political, social and religious institutions; art, architecture, music and literature.
  • FRN
    372
    .
    History of French Civilization II
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: FRN-321 and Permission
    Introduction to French civilization and culture from 1715 to present. Political, social and religious institutions; art, architecture, music and literature.
  • FRN
    377
    .
    Studies in French Film
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: FRN-321 or permission
    Studies in French film, emphasizing the critical analysis of technical and artistic applications, socio-historical contexts and directors’ personal styles.
  • FRN
    380
    .
    Topics in French Language, Lit and Civ
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: FRN-321 or Permission
    Various topics such as Afro-French literature and culture, the French novel, the short story, French literary criticism and theory, study of individual authors, social structures in modern France, the press in France, the French educational system, modern French art and others.
  • FRN
    391
    .
    French Language Studies
    2-4 credits
    Further study of grammar and development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
  • FRN
    392
    .
    Targeted French Language Studies
    2-4 credits
    Targeted study of written French, oral French, or pronunciation.
  • FRN
    393
    .
    Studies in History and Civilization
    2-4 credits
    Topics in French, Francophone, or regional history, culture, art, or film.
  • FRN
    394
    .
    Studies in French and Francophone Lit
    2-4 credits
    Studies in literature on a variety of topics or genres.
  • FRN
    395
    .
    Studies in Business French
    2-4 credits
    Study of business French for commercial communication with the French-speaking world.
  • FRN
    495
    .
    Senior Thesis Part I
    1 credit
    Prerequisite: Permission
    Prior to enrollment in FRN 500. Designed to set the preliminary work toward the senior thesis in motion. Students will be required to work on a bibliography, outline, and prospectus of the forthcoming thesis.
  • FRN
    499
    .
    French Language Independent Study
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: Senior Standing; Permission
  • FRN
    500
    .
    Senior Thesis
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: Permission