French Studies

Classical and European Studies
https://ces.rice.edu/
Rayzor Hall 207
713-348-4151

Christian J. Emden
Department Chair
emden@rice.edu

French Studies is a major offered by the Classical and European Studies (CES) Department. The French Studies program offers courses in topics such as medieval courtly love to French philosophy since the Enlightenment, from post-colonial Africa to social issues in contemporary France, from women in the nineteenth-century literary imagination to the art of reading and interpretation with a focus not just on the literary and linguistic but also on gender and visual art, history and medicine, post-colonialism and critical theory.

The majority of courses are offered entirely in French but some select courses are also offered in English (some of these in collaboration with the other majors offered by the Classical and European Studies department).

French Studies does not currently offer an academic program at the graduate level.

Program Advisor

Deborah Nelson-Campbell

Professor

Deborah Nelson-Campbell

Associate Professors

Jacqueline Couti
Julie Fette
Deborah A. Harter
Philip R. Wood

For Rice University degree-granting programs:
To view the list of official course offerings, please see Rice’s Course Catalog
To view the most recent semester’s course schedule, please see Rice's Course Schedule

French Studies (FREN)

FREN 141 - FIRST YEAR FRENCH I

Short Title: FIRST YEAR FRENCH I

Department: Cntr Lang & Intercultural Comm

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Development of interactional competence in French (sociolinguistic and sociocultural knowledge) to communicate and interact with speakers of French. The course is based on a student-centered, critical-thinking approach to language analysis/acquisition. No prior knowledge of this language is necessary. Placement Test is required. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for FREN 141 and FREN 101/FREN 222.

Course URL: clicfrench.blogs.rice.edu

FREN 142 - FIRST YEAR FRENCH II

Short Title: FIRST YEAR FRENCH II

Department: Cntr Lang & Intercultural Comm

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Prerequisite(s): FREN 141

Description: Continuation of FREN 141. Development of interactional competence in French (sociolinguistic and socio cultural knowledge) to communicate and interact with speakers of French. The course is based on a student-centered, critical-thinking approach to language analysis/acquisition. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for FREN 142 and FREN 262.

Course URL: clicfrench.blogs.rice.edu

FREN 222 - AP/OTH CREDIT FRENCH LANGUAGE

Short Title: AP/OTH CREDIT FRENCH LANGUAGE

Department: Cntr Lang & Intercultural Comm

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Transfer

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This course provides credit for students who have successfully completed approved examinations, such as Advanced Placement exams. This credit counts toward the total credit hours required for graduation. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for FREN 222 and FREN 101/FREN 141.

FREN 238 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Internship/Practicum, Lecture, Laboratory, Seminar

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Topics and credit hours vary each semester. Contact department for current semester's topic(s). Repeatable for Credit.

FREN 263 - SECOND YEAR FRENCH I

Short Title: SECOND YEAR FRENCH I

Department: Cntr Lang & Intercultural Comm

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Prerequisite(s): FREN 142

Description: Continuation of FREN 142. Development of interactional competence in French (sociolinguistic and socio cultural knowledge) to communicate and interact with speakers of French. The course is based on a student-centered, critical-thinking approach to language analysis/acquisition Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for FREN 263 and FREN 201.

Course URL: clicfrench.blogs.rice.edu

FREN 264 - SECOND YEAR FRENCH II

Short Title: SECOND YEAR FRENCH II

Department: Cntr Lang & Intercultural Comm

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Prerequisite(s): FREN 263

Description: Continuation of FREN 263. Development of interactional competence in French (sociolinguistic and socio cultural knowledge) to communicate and interact with speakers of French. The course is based on a student-centered, critical-thinking approach to language analysis/acquisition Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for FREN 264 and FREN 202.

Course URL: clicfrench.blogs.rice.edu

FREN 301 - ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND ITS LITERARY AND CULTURAL APPLICATIONS

Short Title: ADV GRAM & LIT & CULTURAL APP

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Offered every semester, this course is an integrated study of literary and cultural texts as a springboard for advanced level refinements of grammar. Recommended Prerequisite(s): FREN 202 or 264 or Placement Test.

FREN 302 - WRITING WORKSHOP

Short Title: WRITING WORKSHOP

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course, offered annually and required of all majors, builds naturally on FREN 301. It emphasizes composition and exposition through the practice of such genres as narration, description, portrait, essay, and commentaire compose. Formerly FREN 336. Recommended Prerequisite(s): FREN 202 or FREN 264 or Placement Test. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for FREN 302 and FREN 336.

FREN 305 - LITERARY AND CULTURAL ANALYSIS: THE ART OF READING

Short Title: LITERARY AND CULTURAL ANALYSIS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Introduction to the unique critical skills necessary for reading and analysis across the arts and social sciences. Recommended Prerequisite(s): FREN 202 or FREN 264 or Placement Test.

FREN 307 - THE MANY FACETS OF FRENCH CULTURAL IDENTITY

Short Title: FRENCH CULTURAL IDENTITY I

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: With the help of nine French films and selected readings, we will discuss what it means to be French today. Recommended Prerequisite(s): FREN 202 or FREN 264 or Placement Test.

FREN 311 - MAJOR LITERARY WORKS AND ARTIFACTS OF PRE-REVOLUTIONARY FRANCE

Short Title: PRE-REV FRENCH LIT

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Study of French culture, literature, and artifacts from the Middle Ages until the Revolution. Recommended Prerequisite(s): FREN 202 or FREN 264 or Placement Test.

FREN 312 - MAJOR LITERARY WORKS AND ARTIFACTS OF POST-REVOLUTIONARY FRANCE

Short Title: MAJ LIT WORKS POST-REV FRANCE

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Study of 19th and 20th century poetry, fiction, and cinema through the major literary and artistic movements: romanticism, realism, symbolism, Dada, surrealism, and existentialism. Recommended Prerequisite(s): FREN 202 or FREN 264 or Placement Test.

FREN 313 - MAJOR LITERARY WORKS AND ARTIFACTS OF THE FRANCOPHONE WORLD

Short Title: MAJ LITERARY WORKS & ARTIFACTS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course will explore the artistic, historical, and philosophical textures of French cultures outside Europe, focusing especially on Africa North and South of the Sahara, the Caribbean, North America, and on the evolution of the concept of "francophonie" since World War II. Recommended Prerequisite(s): FREN 202 or FREN 264 or Placement Test.

FREN 321 - INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH SOCIETY AND CULTURE

Short Title: INTRO FRENCH SOCIETY & CULTURE

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course provides grounding in social, political, cultural, and economic aspects of contemporary France. The course will focus on themes such as youth culture, Europeanization, immigration, and gender debates. Recommended Prerequisite(s): FREN 202 or FREN 264 or Placement Test.

FREN 323 - FROM EXISTENTIALISM TO CYBERPUNK

Short Title: EXISTENTIALISM TO CYBERPUNK

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Films and novels. Investigations of human consciousness, subjectivity and identity -- from Sartre's existentialism of the "absurd", through Robbe-Grillet's "anti-humanism", to the cyberpunk science-fictional studies of "post-humanity", genetic manipulation, environmental collapse and post-religious mysticism, by contemporary figures like Dantec and Houellebecq. Recommended Prerequisite(s): FREN 202 or FREN 264 or Placement Test.

FREN 324 - FROM DECOLONIZATION TO GLOBALIZATION

Short Title: FROM DECOLONI TO GLOBALIZATION

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Taught in English. Novels, and films, from North and West Africa, and the immigrant population in France, from 1960 to 2010. Emphasis on the tensions between narratives of political emancipation, modernity, secularism, and religious fundamentalism and mysticism. Extra reading for graduate students in theories of colonialism, postcolonialism, globalization. Cross-list: POLI 324, RELI 476. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Any 200 level course or above in English or French, or HUMA 101 or HUMA 102, or a FWIS course. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for FREN 324 and FREN 524/RELI 604.

FREN 332 - FRENCH PHONETICS

Short Title: FRENCH PHONETICS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Acquisition of French phonetic system through intensive class and laboratory practice. Contrast analysis of the French and English phonetic systems. Minimal use of technical terminology. Recommended Prerequisite(s): FREN 202 or FREN 264 or Placement Test.

FREN 350 - PARIS

Short Title: PARIS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3,4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Overview of the history of Paris as a cultural, intellectual, and economic center through texts, music and films. Students earn 3 credits for the course, or 4 credits if participating in a supplementary 10-day study trip to France at the end of the semester in May. Recommended Prerequisite(s): FREN 202 or FREN 264 or Placement Test.

FREN 351 - PROVINCES OF FRANCE

Short Title: PROVINCES OF FRANCE

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3,4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Overview of the amazing diversity in the history, languages, economic bases, traditions, and cultures of the original provinces in order to arrive at a better understanding of France as it exists today. For an additional credit hour, students may participate in a two week on site visit to Anjou, and Poitou. Recommended Prerequisite(s): FREN 202 or FREN 264 or Placement Test.

FREN 355 - MODERN SHORT STORY: TOWARDS AN ETHICS OF FICTION

Short Title: MODERN SHORT STORY

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Study of great modern short fiction with emphasis on reading as an ethical enterprise. Selected critical essays complement works from Melville to Maupassant, Flaubert to Kafka to O'Connor as we talk about alienation and solitude, death and violence and the vicissitudes of family. Does not count toward French major. Cross-list: ENGL 355. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level course or above in English or French Studies, or HUMA 101 or 102.

FREN 356 - TRANSLATION AS INTERPRETATION: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH POETS OF THE MODERN AGE

Short Title: TRANSLATION AS INTERPRETATION

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: A course dedicated, to reading closely some of the great poets of the modern period - from Hugo to Baudelaire to Prevert - and, to the art of translation as a tool for reflecting on the subtleties of the French language and the special shape of the poetic. Recommended Prerequisite(s): FREN 202 or FREN 264 or Placement Test.

FREN 370 - WOMEN IN TALES OF THE FANTASTIC

Short Title: WOMEN IN TALES OF FANTASTIC

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Taking up that rich 19th-century form we call "fantastic narrative" --and such writers as Gautier, Nodier, Maupassant, and Villiers de I'Isle-Adam -- this course will explore this genre's anxieties not just about madness, machines, and misbehaving objects but also about women (both dead and alive) and their bodies. Recommended Prerequisite(s): FREN 202 or FREN 264 or Placement Test.

FREN 380 - FLAUBERT AND THE ART OF TRANSLATION: EXPERIMENTS IN WRITING

Short Title: WRITING FLAUBERT

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Flaubert was both a romantic and a realist who achieved the acutely modern through legend and myth in prose that was poetic. This will be a course in which he anchors our study of short, innovative prose works of the 19th century, encountered, each one, through the imaginative art of translation.

FREN 401 - TRANSLATION

Short Title: TRANSLATION

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Exploration of the theory and practice of translation. Includes translation of modern texts from and into English. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Completion of one 300-level course or permission of instructor

FREN 403 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-5

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Topics may vary. Please consult with the department for additional information. Taught in French. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

FREN 404 - BEGINNINGS OF THE LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE OF FRANCE

Short Title: THE LANG AND LIT OF FRANCE

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course includes and external history of the French language, an examination of hagiographic literature and the chanson de geste in their cultural and artistic contexts, as well as bibliographic component to acquaint the students with library tools available for research emphasizing medieval resources but not excluding those for later periods. Student will acquire a reading knowledge of Old French. Course taught in French. Cross-list: MDEM 404. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Completion of one 300-level course or permission of instructor

FREN 407 - CINEMA IN FRENCH

Short Title: CINEMA IN FRENCH

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Introduction To Cinema In French -- In France and the French-speaking world (especially Africa): both the canon of "auteurs" of "high culture" and commercial "mere entertainment." Discussion of this distinction, and introduction to critical and theoretical discourse in film studies. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Completion of one 300-level course or permission of instructor

FREN 409 - NOVELS AND FILMS

Short Title: NOVELS AND FILMS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Comparison between French novels from the 16th to the 20th centuries and movies that have been based on them, in some cases more than one movie based on a given novel. The class will read each novel in question and then examine how the director perceived it when making the film. For example, La Reine Margot, Tous les Matins du Monde, Liaisons Dangereuses, Madame Bovary, Cyrano de Bergerac, Hiroshima mon amour. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Completion of one 300-level course or permission of instructor

FREN 411 - THE LEGACY OF COURTLY LITERATURE

Short Title: LEGACY OF COURTLY LITERATURE

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course will address the various ways that courtly literature has evolved into modern times and stages through which the themes have passed. We will study courtly themes in literature (French, English, Spanish, German, Italian), film, art, and music from the Middle Ages to modern times. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Completion of one 300-level course or permission of instructor.

FREN 412 - SAINTS AND SINNERS

Short Title: SAINTS AND SINNERS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Study of sanctity and sin in medieval culture through literary and some historical texts.

FREN 415 - COURTLY LOVE IN MEDIEVAL FRANCE

Short Title: COURTLY LOVE MEDIEVAL FRANCE

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Study of the Occitan and Old French poetry that served as the source of the kind of love that came to be called "Amour courtois" in the nineteenth century. Cross-list: MDEM 425. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Completion of one 300-level course or permission of instructor Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for FREN 415 and FREN 515.

FREN 416 - LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF THE MIDDLE AGES: KING ARTHUR

Short Title: LIT & CULTURE OF MIDDLE AGES

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Examination of the origins of the legend of King Arthur and reasons for its popularity, particularly in literature of the French Middle Ages but also in other medieval literatures of Western Europe. Includes discussion of the legend's influence in diverse areas even in modern times. Cross-list: MDEM 436. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Completion of one 300-level course or permission of instructor

FREN 424 - WOMEN IN FRANCE

Short Title: WOMEN IN FRANCE

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course studies women in education, the workplace, politics, and in social and cultural institutions in French society. The class explores the history of the French women's movement and analyzes French concepts of gender and feminism in comparison to American models. Cross-list: SWGS 424.

FREN 430 - 17TH CENTURY

Short Title: 17TH CENTURY

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Thematic approach to examining the main political, religious, philosophical, and literary discourses of the golden age of absolutism. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Completion of one 300-level course or permission of instructor

FREN 450 - READING CLOSELY THE GREAT POETS OF THE 19TH CENTURY

Short Title: READING GREAT POETS 19TH CENT

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Study of the poetry and prose poetry of the 19th century from the Romantic period to the Symbolist era, through such writers as Desbordes-Valmore, Lamartine, Musset, Vigny, Hugo, Nerval, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud, and Mallarme. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Completion of one 300-level course or permission of instructor

FREN 451 - FRANCE - AMERICA: IMAGE AND EXCHANGE

Short Title: FRANCE-AMER: IMAGE & EXCHANGE

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This undergraduate course analyzes French and American culture and identity through transatlantic encounters. We study French intellectuals (Tocqueville, Beauvoir, Baudrillard) who traveled to the US, and images of America in French novels, comic strips, films. We also examine American gazes toward the French. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Completion of one 300-level course or permission of instructor

FREN 452 - WORLD WAR TWO IN FRENCH HISTORY, LITERATURE, AND FILM

Short Title: WORLD WAR TWO IN FRENCH HIST

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course studies the history and memory of World War Two in France. Students will learn how literature and film contributed to the making and undoing of national myths about collaboration and resistance and participation in the Holocaust. How has contemporary French society reconciled with this dark period of history?

FREN 453 - IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP IN CONTEMPORARY FRANCE

Short Title: IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course examines the impact of immigration on contemporary French society and analyzes debates over citizenship, integration, and multiculturalism. Taught in French. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Completion of one 300-level course or permission of instructor

FREN 459 - THE BATTLES OF ALGIERS: FROM CHARLES X TO CHARLIE-HEBDO

Short Title: THE BATTLES OF ALGIERS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Historical, literary, and visual materials form the 19th century to the present will illustrate the global perception of a war that left an indelible inscription in contemporary debates on democracy and reform. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Completion of one 300-level course or permission of instructor.

FREN 477 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Internship/Practicum, Seminar, Lecture, Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Topics and credit hours vary each semester. Contact department for current semester's topic(s). Repeatable for Credit.

FREN 478 - THE CARIBBEAN IN FRENCH

Short Title: THE CARIBBEAN IN FRENCH

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This is the undergraduate senior version of the graduate level seminar FREN/ARCR 578. Both the course's reading list and the length of the research are adjusted to accommodate undergraduate needs. The seminar examines the history, political writings, literature and the arts of the French Caribbean from the beginning of colonization to the present. It will include figures such as Saint-John Perse, Roumain, Cesaire, Fanon, Depestre, Schwarz-Bart, Warner-Vieyra, Glissant, Conde, Chamoiseau, Laferriere, as well as the Caribbean arts and film. Taught in English. Cross-list: ARCR 478. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for FREN 478 and FREN 578.

FREN 487 - LITERATURE, ART AND COLONIALITY

Short Title: LITERATURE, ART & COLONIALITY

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This is the undergraduate senior version of the graduate level seminar FREN/HART 587. Both the course's reading list and the length of the research are adjusted to accommodate undergraduate needs. How do concepts like coloniality, exoticism, primitivism, the modern baroque apply to texts and artifacts produced at the crossroads of (post)colonial and transnational encounters? Focus on Orientalists, Matisse, Djebar, Simon, Boudjedra, Borduas, Atlan, Khadda, and Glissant. Taught in English. Choice of reading materials and assignments in either English or French. Cross-list: HART 487. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for FREN 487 and FREN 587.

FREN 495 - THE FRENCH AVANT-GARDE: SYMBOLISM, DADAISM, SURREALISM, CONTEMPORARY CINEMA

Short Title: THE FRENCH AVANT-GARDE

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Short texts and films by Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Mallarme, Jarry, Apollinaire, Breton, Artaud, Bataille, Robbe-Grillet, Catherine Breillat, Virginie Despentes. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Completion of one 300-level course or permission of instructor

Description and Code Legend

Note: Internally, the university uses the following descriptions, codes, and abbreviations for this academic program. The following is a quick reference: 

Course Catalog/Schedule

  • Course offerings/subject code for French Studies: FREN 

Department Description and Code

  • Classical and European Studies: CLEU 

Undergraduate Degree Description and Code

  • Bachelor of Arts degree: BA 

Undergraduate Major Descriptions and Codes

  • Major in French Studies: FREN

CIP Code and Description1

  • FREN Major/Program: CIP Code/Title: 16.0901 - French Language and Literature