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French

Applicable for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Associate Professors: A. TALLANT (chair), I. WADE, M. O'REILLY; Visiting Assistant Professor N. DIOP

Students who have taken French, Italian, or Spanish in high school must take a computerized placement test before enrolling in a language or literature course in the Department of French and Italian. We strongly recommend that they take the 20-minute test at the Keck Humanities Laboratory upon their arrival at the college.

Major Requirements

French

A student majoring in French has two French major options:

  1. French and Francophone Studies
    1. all required courses: 305, 306, 431 and 432
    2. six literature or culture courses at the 300-level
    TOTAL:  10 units
  2. Romance Languages (French Major; Second language focus in Spanish or Italian)
    1. all required courses: 305, 306, 431 and 432
    2. three literature or culture courses at the 300-level; 
    Courses for second language focus in SPANISH:
    1. 305 and two Spanish culture or literature courses.
    2. elementary or more advanced Italian, Portuguese, or Latin.
    Courses for second language focus in ITALIAN:
    1. 305 and two additional Italian courses from 304, 306, 309, 315, 316, 320, 321.
    2. elementary or more advanced Spanish, Portuguese, or Latin. 
  3. TOTAL: 11–12 units.

The department confers distinction based on senior thesis (432) and department work.

Students who study abroad on programs other than Colorado College’s must take at least two courses beyond 306, in addition to 431 and 432 at Colorado College, as well as completing the detailed major requirements described above, to receive a French degree from the college. Only two credits from any unaffiliated program abroad will be accepted into the major.

Transferring students and students who have taken the Advanced Placement (AP) examination should contact the department before taking any language or literature course, since some of the requirements for the major may be waived.

Minor Requirements

The French Language Minor (6 units beyond FR102)

The prerequisite for admission to the minor is 101 and 102 (2 units) or equivalent. Students must complete a minimum of six units, including the following: 201, 202, 305, 306 and two courses at the 300 level. Students who initially place at the 300 level as a result of previous French must complete four CC French courses at the 300 level. College transfer credit will be accepted, but at least three 300-level French courses must be completed at Colorado College. Only one credit from an unaffiliated program will be accepted into the minor.

Program Abroad

In addition to the courses taught on the Colorado College campus, the Department of French and Italian sponsors a semester program in France during Blocks 5-8 with a ten-day orientation in Paris during half-block. The program is open to all students who have completed French 102 or the equivalent, or have the consent of the program directors.  See the department for a full description of the program.

Courses

French

FR101 Elementary French l

This course is designed as an introduction to the language and cultures of French-speaking (Francophone) regions of the world. In a simulated immersive environment enhanced with texts, audio-visual and internet resources, students will begin to develop competencies in listening, speaking, reading, and writing about self-generated information related to their daily lives and to life in different foreign cultural settings. Emphasis on the acquisition of basic communicative skills, i.e. naming and describing people, places, and objects in Francophone and non-Francophone cultural settings. Note: In order to fulfill the all-college language requirement, students must take FR102.

1 unit — Diop, Tallent

FR103 Review of Elementary French

Review of Elementary French. A lower-level maintenance course. Review of grammar with supervised oral practice.

Prerequisite: French 101 or equivalent.

.25 unit — Porter

FR104 Review of Elementary French

Review of Elementary French. A lower-level maintenance course. Review of grammar with supervised oral practice.

Prerequisite: French 101 or equivalent.

.25 unit — Dia

FR159 French Civilization

This course will retrace the most important aspects of French culture from the 'entre-deux-guerres' period to the present through fiction, film , essays and plays. We will study the cultural life of this period and will explore the German Occupation, the Vichy government ideology, the Shoah, the politics of immigration. Readings will include works from Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Marguerite Duras, Patrick Modiano, Eugene Ionesco. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: First Year Experience Course.

2 units

FR201 Intermediate French l

This course is designed to build on the communication skills acquired in elementary French courses. In a simulated immersive environment enhanced with French/Francophone texts, films, and Internet resources, students focus on developing reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills as well as increasing their knowledge and understanding of French/Francophone cultures. Prerequisite: French 102 or equivalent. Note: FR202 must also be taken in order to fulfill the language requirement for graduation or to continue into 300-level French courses.

Prerequisite: French 102 or equivalent.

1 unit — Diop

FR203 Review of Intermediate French

Review of Intermediate French. A maintenance course for students who have taken French 201 or have an intermediate level of competence in French. A systematic review of grammar with supervised oral practice.

Prerequisite: French 201 or equivalent.

.25 unit — Porter

FR204 Review of Intermediate French

Review of Intermediate French. A maintenance course for students who have taken French 201 or have an intermediate level of competence in French. A systematic review of grammar with supervised oral practice.

Prerequisite: French 201 or equivalent.

.25 unit — Dia

FR211 Intermediate French and Cultural Studies in Francophone Africa

The sub-Saharan African region, specifically the country of Senegal, offers a unique experience to students, from both linguistic and socio-cultural perspectives. The course for Summer Session 2006 will provide students with the unique opportunities to travel in Africa and study language (in this case intermediate French) and culture within the broader international content. It will be based primarily on perspectives on literature, history, geography, social anthropology, politics, ecology and arts and crafts as well as on a formal and total immersion in language learning. The course will be mostly an exploratory learning experience, which includes an introduction to contemporary Africa through historical perspectives: examining the diversity of African cultures and sub-cultures through their indigenous and inherited legacies, particularly the Francophone regions. The course will also investigate the geo-politics of the colonial legacies by analyzing 'the African' definition of the state within the concept of nationhood. Furthermore, the course will expose the participant students to the intricate nature of African cultures, largely through prevailing cultural norms such as notions of caste, class and governmental politics, of the local African religions and the arts, etc. In regards to the ecology, guided field trips will be organized to expose participants to the diverse and rich nature of the Senegalese savanna fauna and flora. (Not offered 2017-18).

2 units

FR300 Orientation French Program (taught in France

Taught in France. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in French Semester.

.5 unit

FR301 Review of French with Emphasis on French/Francophone Civilizations and Cultures

A maintenance course for students who have taken a 300-level course or have an advanced level of competence in French. Significant supervised conversation, reading and writing practice.

Prerequisite: French 202 or equivalent.

.25 unit — Porter

FR302 Review of French with Emphasis on French/Francophone Civilizations and Cultures

A maintenance course for students who have taken a 300-level course or have an advanced level of competence in French. Significant supervised conversation, reading and writing practice.

Prerequisite: French 202 or equivalent.

.25 unit — Dia

FR304 Cultural Context and Oral Practice

Bridge course between intermediate-level and advanced language courses. Students will develop higher levels of listening comprehension, oral competence, and communicative proficiency and will acquire oral strategies of expression through the study of written and recorded cultural material dealing with a variety of aspects, issues, and realities of the Francophone world. Student activities in the course will include interactive oral presentations of selected web-based materials, of reading and recordings from targeted cultures such as: comic strips, articles, magazines, film clips, songs, etc.

Prerequisite: French 202 or equivalent.

1 unit — Tallent

FR305 Cultural Context and Written Expression

Advanced composition and conversation practice through the study of literary and cultural texts of France and the Francophone world.

Prerequisite: French 202 or equivalent.

1 unit — Wade

FR306 Cultural Context and Critical Analysis

Continues the acquisition of the French language and trains students in the most important methods of critical analysis through readings in different genres.

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit — O'Riley

FR308 Cultures and Civilizations of French-Speaking Regions

The history, art, music, and literature of French-speaking regions (outside of France), such as Quebec, French Africa, French Latin America, and parts of Asia. Taught in French.

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit — Wade

FR310 Literature & Film

Analysis of several novels and screenplays of different periods in comparison with their film versions in order to examine various modes of interpretation of the two media. Conducted in English. Students wishing to obtain credit for the French major, or the minor, must consult the instructor at the beginning of the course. For majors, novels must be read and papers must be written in French. No prerequisite.

1 unit — O'Riley

FR316 Topics in French Culture (taught in English):

(Taught in English). Study of an aspect of French culture not represented in the regular curriculum. Topics may include various aspects of French culture such as France’s history and its political and economic structures, as well as their interaction with art, music, film, language and literature. Students wishing to obtain credit towards the French major or minor must consult the instructor at the beginning of the course. For such students, all possible readings must be read and all papers must be written in French. Note: This course does NOT fulfill the all-college language requirement for graduation

1 unit — Lee, McEnnerney, O'Riley, Tallent

FR317 Topics in Francophone Culture (taught in English):

(Taught in English). Study of an aspect of Francophone culture not represented in the regular curriculum. Areas of study may include the Caribbean, the Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa, or Quebec. Topics may include various aspects of these cultures such as their history and their political and economic structures, as well as their interaction with art, music, film, language and literature. Students wishing to obtain credit towards the French major or minor must consult the instructor at the beginning of the course. For those students, all possible readings must be read and all papers must be written in French. Note: This course does NOT fulfill the all-college language requirement for graduation

1 unit — Diop, O'Riley, Wade

FR318 Theatre and Performance in French

Explores theatre as a literary genre and as a form of communication. Students study texts by major French and Francophone playwrights such as Racine, Moliere and Ionesco and (when possible) adapt them for a campus performance in French. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: French 306 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

FR319 Topics in French Culture:

(Taught in French). Study of an aspect of French culture not represented in the regular curriculum. Topics may include various aspects of French culture such as France’s history and its political and economic structures, as well as their interaction with art, music, film, language and literature.

Prerequisite: French 305 or French 306.

1 unit — Tallent

FR320 Topics in Francophone Culture:

Topics in Francophone Culture (Taught in French). Study of an aspect of Francophone culture not represented in the regular curriculum. Areas of study may include the Caribbean, the Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa, or Quebec. Topics may include various aspects of these cultures such as their history and their political and economic structures, as well as their interaction with art, music, film, language and literature.

Prerequisite: French 305 or French 306.

1 unit — Tallent

FR321 Identity and Revolution

Examines the questions of identity and revolution in French and Francophone cultures. Topics may include the French Revolution, anti-colonial struggle, feminist theory, philosophical issues in relation to French/Francophone culture. Questions of individual, collective, and national identity examined through film, literature, new media and other sources. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: French 306 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

FR323 Themes in Francophone Literature

Study of various themes in the literatures of the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Maghreb, or Quebec. Themes may include the politics of identity, exile, intertextuality, gender, women writers, etc. The structure and content of the course will depend on the theme and preference of the instructor. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: French 306, or 307, or 308.

1 unit

FR324 Topics in Modern French Culture

In-depth study of one aspect of modern French culture, such as philosophy, feminism, the media, forms of popular cultural expression, film, minorities in French society, etc. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: French 306, or 307, or 308 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

FR329 Paris & the Arts

This course will introduce students to various aspects of the Parisian world. May include 20th-century theater, prose and poetry, theater as a genre, film, the manner in which the French understand questions of gender, race and the environment; the intersection of low and high culture; the relationship of popular texts to ideology. Taught in Paris, but not offered every year. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: French 306, or 307, or 308 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

FR409 Independent Reading:

Senior majors only.

1 unit

FR431 Research Methods

Methods of analysis and theories of literature and culture. Training in research methodology; selection of topic for senior project, portfolio, or senior thesis; research and presentation of work in progress. Required of all majors.

Prerequisite: Required of all Majors.

1 unit — Wade

FR432 Senior Thesis

Intensive writing and supervised revision of senior thesis with oral defense

Prerequisite: French 431.

1 unit — Wade