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Study French at UMass Dartmouth

  • Do you love French culture?

  • Would you like to be able to speak or understand French?

  • Have you already taken some French classes and want to continue your education?

Consider taking one or more courses in French. For students contemplating French as a minor or major, UMass Dartmouth offers the most diverse and scintillating courses in Southeastern Massachusetts.Visit the Foreign Languages/French site, read the course descriptions, and decide for yourself!

The Boivin Center for French Culture and Learning also offers a combined International Marketing/French certificate program for those students who wish to use their French language skills in the business world.

If you have questions about taking French classes, contact: Professor Mel Yoken at 508.999.8335

 

FRN 101 - Elementary French I
Three credits, 3 hours lecture, 1-hour laboratory
Essentials of aural-oral, reading and writing usage, with intensive drilling in pronunciation, intonation and grammar.

FRN 102 - Elementary French II
Prerequisite: FRN 101 or equivalent
Three credits, 3 hours lecture, 1-hour laboratory
Continuation of FRN 101.

FRN 201 - Intermediate French I
Prerequisite: FRN 102 or equivalent
Three credits, 3 hours lecture, 1-hour laboratory
Review of grammar with composition and aural-oral practice. Introduction to French culture and civilization through intensive and extensive reading.

FRN 202 - Intermediate French II
Prerequisite: FRN 201 or equivalent
Three credits, 3 hours lecture, 1-hour laboratory
Continuation of FRN 201.

FRN 203 - French Literature in Translation I
Prerequisite: ENL 102, three credits
Outstanding works of French literature in translation. Readings, lectures, and discussions in English.

FRN 204 - French Literature in Translation II
Prerequisite: ENL 102, Continuation of French 203, three credits
FRN 298 - Experiential Learning
One to six credits. Prerequisites: At least sophomore standing permission of the instructor, department chairperson, and college dean. Work experience at an elective level supervised for academic credit by a faculty member in an appropriate academic field. Conditions and hours to be arranged. Graded CR/NC. For specific procedures and regulations, see section of catalogue on Other Learning Experiences.

FRN 301 - French Composition and Conversation I
Prerequisite: FRN 202 or equivalent, three credits
Oral and written reports. Practical application of grammar, vocabulary-building and introduction to style.

FRN 302 - French Composition and Conversation II
Prerequisite: FRN 301, Continuation of FRN 301, three credits

FRN 312 - Culture and Civilization of France
Prerequisite: FRN 202 or equivalent, three credits
Introduction to the cultural development of the French people throughout history. Lectures, class discussions, written and oral reports on the significant aspects of French literary, social, and artistic life.

FRN 331 - Masterpieces of French Literature I
Prerequisite: FRN 302 or equivalent, three credits
The representative authors, poets and dramatists of French literature from La Chanson de Roland through the age of Enlightenment will be read and discussed.

FRN 332 - Masterpieces of French Literature II
Prerequisite: FRN 302 or equivalent, three credits
The main literary movements from the nineteenth century to the contemporary period will be analyzed. Discussion of literary genres and important aspects of French literary history.

FRN 337 - Commercial French
Prerequisite: FRN 202 or equivalent, three credits
An introduction to business in France and Quebec. Topics include business vocabulary, letter writing, transportation, insurance, accounting, labor relations, economic geography.

FRN 411 - La Poésie Française
Prerequisite: FRN 302 or consent of instructor, three credits
Elements of French poetry. An examination of versification, melody, rhyme, rhythm harmony, imagery, metaphor, and symbol in representative French poets from the Middle Ages to the present. The course may focus on selected topics and poets. Different instructors may emphasize different periods and works, but at least two centuries will be covered.

FRN 413 - Le Théâtre Français
Prerequisite: FRN 302 or consent of instructor, three credits
Elements of French theatre. An examination of such elements as character, time, place, and action in plays representative of French theatre and its evolution. The course may focus on selected playwrights, plays, topics, or themes. Different instructors may emphasize different periods and works, but at least two centuries will be covered.

FRN 415- La Littérature Québécoise
Prerequisite: FRN 302 or consent of instructor, three credits
Aspects of Quebec Literature: the novel, theatre, and poetry. Emphasis will be placed on the distinctive nature of the Quebec literary mind. The course may focus on a single genre or on representative authors.

FRN 417- Le Roman Français I
Prerequisite: FRN 302 or consent of instructor, three credits
Elements of the French novel. An examination of character, vision, and development of the novel focusing on representative works and authors. Different instructors may emphasize different periods and works, but at least two centuries will be covered.

FRN 418- Le Roman Français II
Prerequisite: FRN 302 or consent of instructor, three credits
Similar to FRN 417, but different authors and works will be studied. Thus offering a more complete picture of the scope and range of the French novel.

FRN 420- Major Currents of French Thought
Prerequisite: FRN 302 or consent of instructor, three credits
Examination of influential thinkers from the Renaissance to the present. Possible topics include: Montaigne, Descartes, the Philosophes, Rousseau, Existentialism, Structuralism, Barthes, Lacan and his feminist critics, Derrida, and so forth.

FRN 481- Seminar in French
Prerequisite: FRN 302 or consent of instructor, three credits
An intensive study of a specific topic, such as aural French comprehension, or a particular author or a literary movement. The topic will vary from year to year so that the course may be repeated for credit.

FRN 482- Seminar in French
Prerequisite: FRN 302 or consent of instructor, three credits
Similar to FRN 481 but with a different topic, including history of the French language.

FRN 495- Independent Study
Prerequisite: Senior standing. Three credits
Intensive study or research on a special topic under the direction of a staff member. Hours to be arranged.

FRN 196, 296, 396, 496 - Directed Study
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor, department chairperson, and college dean
Study under the supervision of a faculty member in an area covered in a regular course not currently being offered. Conditions and hours to be arranged. Three credits

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