French: Language, Literature, Linguistics, Culture (including courses in English)

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  • CAS LF 111: First-Semester French
    A multimedia approach for students who have never studied French. A variety of communicative tasks develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.
  • CAS LF 112: Second-Semester French
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 111; or placement test results.
    Continues CAS LF 111. A multimedia approach which develops speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills, together with the grammar and vocabulary needed for more complex communicative tasks.
  • CAS LF 113: Intensive Beginning French
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: placement examination results.
    Intensive French course for beginners or according to placement test results. Introduction to grammar, vocabulary, and structure of French, emphasizing the basic communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. (If CAS LF 111, 112, 123, 131, 132, or a more advanced college-level course has been completed, this course cannot be taken for credit.)
  • CAS LF 211: Third-Semester French
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 112; or placement test results.
    Authentic literary selections by writers from diverse Francophone countries, cultural readings, and discussion of short-subject films by francophone filmmakers, accompanied by advanced study of grammar and emphasis on communicative skills.
  • CAS LF 212: Fourth-Semester French
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 211; or placement test results.
    Refines the four skills through in-depth study of a modern novel. Creative oral and written exercises based on the novel and study of advanced grammar. Viewing of contemporary French films. Fulfills CAS language requirement, prepares for further study (LF 303).
  • CAS LF 303: French Composition and Conversation I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 212; or equivalent, or placement test results.
    Topics based courses exploring various aspects of French and Francophone literature, culture, and society. In the context of each section's unique theme, students advance proficiency in speaking, writing, reading, and listening. Four topics are offered in Fall 2016. Sections A1 and B1: Crime. Analysis of the formulas of crime fiction through novels, short stories, series, and movies. Contemporary debates on topics related to criminality, such as marginalization, poverty, violence, ethics, and justice. Section C1: French in the World. Analysis of images, short stories, excerpts from novels, and films that address the relationship between France and several of its former colonies, notably in West Africa, from colonial times to the present. Section D1: Secrets, Lies and Family Ties. Exploration, through modern films and literary texts, of how people lie and how this behavior contributes to various modes of communication originating in families, extending to other relationships. Other topics include emerging identities; societal pressures; gender fluidity. Section E1: French Through Film and Media. Exploration of French and Francophone media from film to television and broadcast press, as a conduit for enhancing students' understanding of French and Francophone culture.
  • CAS LF 304: Composition and Conversation II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 303; or equivalent, or placement test results.
    Develops increased fluency and a more nuanced use of spoken and written French through discussion of contemporary fiction and film. Reading of articles from the press to explore current and historical issues in French society.
  • CAS LF 305: Advanced Written Expression
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 304; or equivalent, or placement test results.
    Intensive study of the art of writing through translation exercises and development of individual style through readings, analysis of writing styles, free composition and class discussion.
  • CAS LF 306: Advanced Oral Expression
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 304; or equivalent.
    Advanced training in rapid and idiomatic French speech. Oral reports. Role playing; vocabulary building; targeted work on pronunciation, intonation, and aural comprehension. Lab required.
  • CAS LF 307: French Arts and Society
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 212; or equivalent; or placement test results.
    Advanced study of French language through the analysis of a topic or theme in the arts and society. Topic for Fall 2016: Secrets, Lies, and Family Ties. Exploration, through modern films and literary texts, of how people lie and how this behavior contributes to various modes of communication originating in families, extending to other relationships. Themes include emerging identities; societal pressures; gender fluidity.
  • CAS LF 308: French through Film and Media
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 212; or equivalent; or placement test results.
    Students investigate French and francophone media in all forms, including the written and broadcast press, film, television, podcasts, blogs and social media, as a conduit for enhancing understanding of French and Francophone culture.
  • CAS LF 309: French in the World
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 212; or equivalent; or placement test results.
    Advanced study of French through the analysis of images, short stories, excerpts from novels, and films that address the relationship between France and several of its former colonies, notably in West Africa, from colonial times to the present.
  • CAS LF 310: French for the Professions
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 212; or equivalent; or placement test results.
    Advanced study of French as used in the professions in the francophone world. Readings, discussions, and assignments develop linguistic skills and cultural competence: current political and economic issues, familiarity with major French-language newspapers, creation of French CV and cover letter.
  • CAS LF 311: French Popular Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 212; or equivalent; or placement test results.
    Advanced study of French through topics in popular culture. Topic for Fall 2016: Crime. Analysis of the formulas of crime fiction through novels, short stories, series, and movies. Contemporary debates on topics related to criminality, such as marginalization, poverty, violence, ethics, and justice.
  • CAS LF 341: Topics in Contemporary French Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 212; or consent of instructor.
    Through current articles and headlines, films, songs and French comedians, this class explores the meaning and preservation of French "Culture"; looks into areas of social debate from a French perspective; and considers the identity crisis generated by globalization.
  • CAS LF 348: France Past to Postmodern: French Civilization Through Film
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 303.
    Examines France's classic cultural symbols and evolution from monarchy into the revolutionary nation that introduced notions of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. Survey of events in today's post-modern and post-colonial state. Uses film, video, articles to explore contemporary culture and politics.
  • CAS LF 350: Introduction to Analysis of French Texts
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 303; or equivalent.
    Development of techniques for reading and interpreting French literary texts. Special attention to the study of lyric poetry, drama, and short narrative. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LF 351: Introduction to the French Novel
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350.
    Close readings in the French novel from its origins to the nouveau roman. Attention to narration, themes, symbols, and schools. Investigation of the roman d'analyse, Romantic prose, realist fiction, and other types of narrative. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LF 401: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Honors Committee.
  • CAS LF 402: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Honors Committee.