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Course Description
Category A: French.

Foundation Courses

FREN 101-102 FRENCH FOR BEGINNERS. An introduction to the four basic skills with emphasis on speaking and comprehending spoken French. The course also provides an introduction to the culture of French-speaking peoples. Three instructional hours plus one hour of laboratory practice. A two-semester course sequence.  For students with little or no background in French or with only one year of high school French. 
3,3 credits

FREN 201-202 FRENCH FOR COMMUNICATION. An intensive review of French and further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through extensive use of audio and visual aids. Three instructional hours plus one hour of laboratory practice. A two-semester course sequence.  Prerequisite: FREN 102 or a minimum of two years of high school French.    
3, 3 credits

FREN 209 SPEAKING FRENCH.  Intensive practice in oral skills through extensive use of aural and written materials. Review of grammar. Three instructional hours plus one hour of laboratory practice. Prerequisite: FREN 102 with recommendation of the professor, 202, or placement with a strong background in French.   
3 credits

FREN 210 WRITING FRENCH. Intensive practice of writing skills through the use of aural and written materials. Review of grammar. Three instructional hours plus one hour of laboratory practice. Prerequisite: FREN 102 with recommendation of the professor, 202, or placement with a strong background in French.   
3 credits

FREN 216, 316  ASPECTS OF FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE CULTURE.  An on-site study of different aspects of the political, socioeconomic, and cultural life of France or Quebec together with a survey of its artistic heritage. The course is offered in France or Quebec during the summer.      
3, 3 credits

Upper-Level Courses: Prerequisite for all 300-level courses is one of the following: FREN 202 with recommendation of professor; 209, and 210 or 216; or placement with an extraordinary background in French.

FREN 307 ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION.  An intensive study of the grammatical structures of French aimed at perfecting the student’s written and oral command of the language. Required for all French Studies majors, and highly recommended for French minors.        3 credits

FREN 303  FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE CULTURE THROUGH FILM.
French language, and the history and civilization of the French-speaking world are studied through the viewing and study of great films. Classes meet for three instructed hours. The course is conducted in English and is open to all students. Prerequisites for French Studies Majors or French minors: French 209-210. For French credit, all written work must be done in French.      3 credits

FREN 340  FRENCH CIVILIZATION. The historical, social, and cultural background of  France from the Middle Ages through the 19th Century. Lectures, readings, discussions, and reports in French. Highly recommended for French Studies majors and French minors.          3 credits

FREN 341  CONTEMPORARY FRENCH CIVILIZATION. The historical, social, and cultural background of France and the Francophone world in the twentieth century. Lectures, readings, discussions, and reports in French. Highly recommended for French Studies majors and French minors.        3 credits

FREN 342 THE FRANCOPHONE WORLD: A CULTURAL STUDY. This course examines Francophone literary texts from the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Maghreb and Lebanon. Through fiction, essays, poems, music and films, we will discuss topics such as colonialism, post colonialism, gender, and religion, as well as the concept of identity of the colonized and the colonizer. Lectures, readings, discussions and reports in French.          3 credits

FREN 350  INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH LITERARY STUDY. A survey of the great writers and literary movements of the French-speaking world together with an introduction to the analysis of literary texts. Required for all French Studies majors and for French minors.         3 credits

Advanced Courses: Prerequisite for all 400-level French courses is the completion of 307, 350, and one of the following:  340, 341, or 342; or permission of the Chairperson.

FREN 420, 320 SPECIAL TOPICS IN FRENCH. An intensive study of a single author, genre, movement, or literary topic. The specific subject will be available at the time of registration. Lectures, readings, discussions and reports in French.  3 credits

FREN 460 INDEPENDENT STUDY. In consultation with the professor and with the approval of the Chairperson. Offered as needed.      3 credits


Category B: Interdisciplinary. Approved courses offered by the Departments of Fine Arts, History, and Philosophy as part of the French Studies Major.

FINE ARTS

ART 313 NINETEENTH CENTURY ART.  movements in painting and sculpture. Emphasis is on such major art trends as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Expressionism. Gallery and museum visits. Lectures, seminars, workshops. 3 credits

ART 314 MODERN ART. movements in painting, sculpture, architecture, film and other relevant art forms from the late 19th century to 1950. Gallery and museum visits. Lectures, seminars, workshops.       3 credits

ART 436 TOPICS IN ART. historical issues related to cultural expression are explored in the visual and performing arts. The history of the Arts and Architecture, as well as hands-on exploration of the creative process are central themes of this course. Also offered as study abroad course.  (When applicable)     3 credits


HISTORY

HIST 211 MEDIEVAL HISTORY. the period from 500 A.D. to 1400 A D., from the fall of the Roman Empire in the West to the Black Death.    3 credits

HIST 330  COLONIALISM IN AFRICA AND ASIA. This course provides an overview of major thematic topics in the history of the European colonial system in Africa and Asia. Thematic topics include: the ideological motivation for imperialism, the impact of the colonial system on the colonizer as well as the colonized, nationalism and anti-colonial resistance, decolonization and colonialism's legacy on the present-day nations of Africa and Asia.        3 credits.

HIST 376, 476  TOPICS IN WORLD HISTORY. intensive study of a particular event, period, or issue. The specific subject will be available at the time of registration. Open to non-majors with the approval of the Chairperson. (When applicable)  3, 3 credits

HIST 400  EUROPE, 1550-1700: POLITICS AND SOCIETY IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE.  An examination of the development of the political, economic, social and cultural foundations of Early Modern Europe, including: the Wars of Religion; tage of absolutism and the French monarchy at Versailles; dynastic conflict and the beginnings of constitutionalism and the European Enlightenment.    3 credits

HIST 410  FRANCE UNDER THE ABSOLUTE MONARCHY, 1560-1789.  A thorough examination of the development of the political, economic, social and cultural foundations of Old Régime France:  the Wars of Religion; the restoration of royal authority under Henri IV; the workings of state under Louis XIII and Richelieu; popular revolts and the Fronde; the Reign of Louis XIV and the monarchy at Versailles; the French Encyclopédie and Enlightenment; attempts at reform under Louis XV and the final crisis of the monarchy under Louis XVI.      3 credits

HIST 430  EUROPE, 1830-1914: INDUSTRIALIZATION, IDEOLOGIES, IMPERIALISM. A review of the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution; the competing political ideologies of the nineteenth century; the origins, course and outcomes of the revolutions of 1848; the rise of nationalism; European nationalism in Africa and Asia; nineteenth-century European culture; the role of women in nineteenth-century Europe; the state of Europe at the dawn of the 20th century.  3 credits


INTEGRATED COURSE

INTG 391  SPECIAL TOPICS IN INTEGRATED STUDIES. Special course offered by faculty members from two different areas of study. This course may address a question of special relevance to the time, take advantage of special faculty expertise, or may be a trial run of a developing course. As in all integrated courses, questions of values: ethical and spiritual will be addressed. (When applicable)   3 credits

PHILOSOPHY

PHIL 334 EXISTENTIALISM.  The study of existentialist themes including the individual, freedom and choice, the role of extreme experiences, and the nature of communication. The ideas of several philosophers will be studied with the personal and social implications of their ideas. (WE)      3 credits

PHIL 412 DIALOGUES WITH GREAT THINKERS. The historical background and ideas of one or more major philosophers will be examined. The philosophers to be studied will be specified at the time of registration. Students are welcome to suggest philosophers and topics of interest to them. (WE)     3 credits

PHIL 370, 470  TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY. course offers an in-depth philosophical investigation of contemporary issues. Students will be offered the opportunity to explore and analyze issues critically and within a moral framework when appropriate. They will be encouraged to propose thoughtful solutions to problems and to empower themselves to have the courage of their convictions. (WE) (When applicable)    3 credits