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. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • 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. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • 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.) Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • 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.Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • CAS LF 212: Fourth-Semester French
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 211; or placement test results.
    Advances proficiency in French in a communicative setting through thematic discussions on diverse, contemporary topics and media, short readings, and written tasks. Fulfills CAS second language requirement, prepares for Level 1 Advanced Courses (CAS LF 307 -- LF 311). Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • The Individual in Community
    • 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. One topic is offered in Fall 2021: Public Art. Explores public art - ranging from murals to graffiti - in French and Francophone cities and studies its connections to social issues, civic discourse, and identity. We examine images, literary excerpts, articles, and film. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Digital/Multimedia Expression, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Creativity/Innovation.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • 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. One topic is offered in Fall 2021. Section A1: French & Francophone Film. Introduces students to French and Francophone cinema and media. Explores the philosophical concept of "otherness" and discusses gender, sexuality, mental health, travel. Films by: Sciamma, Dolan, Varda, Clapin and others. Effective Fall 2019, 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 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. Effective Fall 2018, 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. Topic for Fall 2021: French for International Relations. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Digital/Multimedia Expression.
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
  • 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 313: French Through Translation
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 212; and placement test results, one other LF course at the 300-level, or consent of instructor.
    Translation strategies: Examines the practice of transferring meaning from and into French through a wide variety of texts and media. Students develop language skills and cultural awareness by exploring literary, technical, legal, and audiovisual texts. Techniques of literary translation: Practice in the translation--from and into French--of different forms of literary prose and poetry. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Oral and/or Signed Communication, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
  • CAS LF 323: Creative Writing in French
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one CAS LF 307-311 course, or equivalent or placement test results. First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120)
    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. Formerly LF305. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing-Intensive Course, Oral and/or Signed Communication.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • 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: Approaches to French Civilization
    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: Reading the French Way
    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. Effective Fall 2018, 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. Effective Fall 2018, 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 441: Topics in Urban Imgainaries in Literature and Film
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LF 350 or CAS LF 351; or consent of instructor.
    Students examine the filmic and literary representations of urban environments in France and the francophone world; the phenomenon of urbanization, the historical development, cultural and artistic context of its attractive power; fluxes of migration of the city; streets and monuments as characters. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Aesthetic Exploration, Creativity/Innovation.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • The Individual in Community
    • Creativity/Innovation