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, 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.
    Advances proficiency in speaking, writing, reading, and listening in a communicative classroom setting. Grammar studied is used in context through thematic discussions on topics ranging from daily life to Francophone culture, in short readings, and through diverse written tasks.
  • CAS LF 212: Fourth-Semester French
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 211; or placement test results.
    Advances four skills proficiency in a communicative classroom setting. Grammar is used in context through thematic discussions, the reading of a short novel, and in diverse written tasks. Fulfills CAS language requirement, prepares for Level 1 Advanced Courses (CAS LF 307 -- LF 311). This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • 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. Students advance in speaking, reading, writing, and listening through the analysis of literary, historical, and cultural texts. Specific themes vary by semester.
  • CAS LF 308: French through Film and Media
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 212; or equivalent; or placement test results.
    With the goal of better understanding French and Francophone culture and society, students study various media forms that can include film, written and broadcast press, television, podcasts, blogs, and social media.
  • 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 of novels and films that explore topics pertaining to the Francophone World. Specific regions vary by semester, but can include Africa, the Caribbean or North America. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Oral and/or Signed Communication.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
  • 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 that explore the issues facing and shaping contemporary France. Specific themes and media vary by course.
  • CAS LF 323: Creative Writing in French
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one CAS LF 307-311 course, or equivalent or placement test results.
    Intensive study of the art of writing through the development of individual style through readings, analysis of genre, free composition, translation exercises and class discussion.
  • CAS LF 324: Advanced Spoken French
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one CAS LF 307-311 course, or equivalent or placement test results.
    Advanced training in rapid and idiomatic French speech. Oral reports. Role playing; vocabulary building; targeted work on pronunciation, intonation, and aural comprehension.
  • CAS LF 341: French Trends
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one CAS LF 307 - 311 course, or equivalent or placement test results.
    Through current articles and headlines, films and songs, this class explores the meaning and preservation of French "Culture" while investigating areas of social debate from a French perspective. Designed for but not limited to students returning from abroad.
  • CAS LF 348: France Past to Postmodern: French Civilization Through Film
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one CAS LF 307 - 311 course, or equivalent or placement test results.
    Examines France's classic cultural symbols and evolution from monarchy into the revolutionary nation that introduced notions of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. Explores the state of 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: At least one Level 1 Advanced Course (CAS LF 303, 307, 308, 309, 310,311) or equivalent; or placement test results. First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120).
    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 This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing-intensive Course.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • CAS LF 351: Introduction to the French Novel
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350; First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120).
    Close readings in the French novel from 19th century to contemporary times. Attention to narration, themes, symbols, and schools. Investigation of the roman d'analyse, realist fiction, anti-colonialist, and other types of narrative. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing-intensive Course.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • 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.
  • CAS LF 452: The Age of Versailles
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350.
    An interdisciplinary course examining the flourishing of the golden age of French spectacle through letters, poetry, drama, art, and music. How and why was power consolidated and spectacularly reinforced through art? Authors include Moliere, Racine, Corneille, Sevigne, LaFayette and more. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS LF 562.
  • CAS LF 453: The French Enlightenment
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350.
    Topic for Spring 2018: Theaters of Deception. Paradoxes of the theater. Topics include: the spectator's deception and theatrical illusion, the actor's craft in generating emotions, meta- theatricality. Features student theater performances. Authors studied: Corneille, Moliere, Rotrou, Marivaux, and Diderot.