About

French isn’t just a beautiful language; it’s a useful one. French speakers are in demand. France has the fourth-largest world economy, and more than 300 million people speak French worldwide. That number is predicted to spike to almost 500 million by 2025. Suffolk graduates often leverage their fluency with careers in banking, diplomacy, finance, and tourism management.

You’re invited to tailor your major to a specific focus: French or French Studies. French focuses primarily on language, literature, and civilization. French Studies is broader, with an English-speaking foundation and interdisciplinary choices that pertain to French culture.

The French Department is close-knit across both tracks. In this collaborative environment, you’ll enjoy weekly roundtable discussions called “Table Francais,” frequent cultural events, lectures, and movie screenings. Suffolk is also known for its supportive tutoring program, spearheaded by international students from French-speaking countries.

Economics and French

Some students combine the major with economics or international relations for an extra edge. The Department of World Languages partners with the Department of Economics to offer a double major in French and international economics, making you especially competitive in the job market.

La Sorbonne and CAVILAM Institute in Vichy

La Sorbonne is one of the oldest and most respected universities worldwide. Suffolk’s unique partnership allows you to study here for a semester or a year. You’ll enjoy cultural and linguistic immersion, residing with a host family while studying at the school’s historic Latin Quarter campus, coupled with the prestige of a Sorbonne education.

Additionally, Suffolk has partnered with the world-class CAVILAM Institute to offer intensive four- and eight-week courses in French. You’ll live among fellow students or with a host family for a truly holistic experience. The campus is in the heart of France, a three-hour train trip from Paris and two hours from Lyon. Tabs: French and French Studies tabs from the catalog

Major Requirements

Major Requirements: 10 courses, 40 credits

French Major

Required Courses (2 courses, 8 credits)

  • FR-201 Intermediate French I

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This writing-intensive course examines short readings, films, and print media in the development of language skills. Regular language laboratory sessions required.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

  • FR-202 Intermediate French II

    Prerequisites:

    Take FR-201 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Continuation of skills development from 201.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

These required courses may be waived if students choose to study for two months in CAVILAM, our intensive summer language partner program in Vichy, France. Students who receive a score of “sem4+” on the online placement test in French have fulfilled the 201– 202 prerequisite. To qualify for admittance to either major, a student must complete the prerequisite with an average of “B” or higher.

Advanced Courses (8 courses, 32 credits)

  • FR-205 The Francophone World

    Prerequisites:

    FR 202 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course explores the francophone world through the media of literature and film. Selected works of francophone literature will be linked to writing exercises and conversation activities.

    Term:

    Alternates Fall & Spring

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,BA FOREIGN

  • FR-306 Composition, Conversation and Advanced Grammar

    Prerequisites:

    FR-202;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course enhances students' conversational and writing skills in French. Authentic language and formal writing skills are detailed. The development of oral proficiency is stressed with a focus on listening comprehension, reading and writing. Advanced French grammar is stressed with a focus on written grammatical exercises. This class is open to heritage speakers as well as those who have participated or are planning on participating in the CAVILAM, CCFS-Sorbonne Programs.

    Term:

    Alternates Fall & Spring

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

Choose 1 literature course from the Early Period (4 credits), such as:

  • FR-309 Survey of French Literature I

    Prerequisites:

    FR 202 or Instructors permission

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A study of French literature from medieval times to the 18th century.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Humanities Literature Requirement,BA FOREIGN

  • FR-315 Mots Doux: Love, Lust and Literature

    Prerequisites:

    Take FR-205 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The aim of this course is to introduce students to the basic trends of French literature in the context of a general thematic. While giving critical attention to the theme of love and its manifestations in representative works, this exploration also provides a base from which the student can access the evolution of French Literature. We will situate each work we study in its proper historical context while paying close attention to the evolution of literary genres and parallel trends in the formal study of literary discourse. In this class we will address various thematics that accompany a traditional survey of literature course such as, critical discourse, aesthetic representation, literary movements, genre, constructions of sexual identities, sexual politics and representations of ethnicity, class and culture.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

  • FR-316 Masterpieces of Theatre

    Prerequisites:

    Take FR-205 and FR-305 or instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The aim of this course is to introduce students to major plays written in French from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries, with a focus on both the works themselves and the socio-historical contexts in which they were written. Students will read, analyze, and produce scenes from the plays as well as produce, direct and perform select scenes at the end of the semester. Authors studied may include Moliere, Marivaux, Beckett, Ionesco, Sartre, Camus, Genet, Anouilh, Sarraute, Reza, and Schwarz-Bart. Normally offered every two years

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

Choose 1 literature course from the Modern Period, such as:

  • FR-310 Survey of French Literature II

    Prerequisites:

    FR-202 or instructor's permission

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An analysis of the classic texts of French literature from nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries as they relate to important events in the art, culture, and history of France.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Humanities Literature Requirement,BA FOREIGN

  • FR-317 Drifting Far From Home: the Representation of Travel in French Literature

    Prerequisites:

    FR-205 and FR-305 or instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course examines literature written in the French language that focuses on the experience of travel. Primary texts will span from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first century, while secondary sources will explore the theoretical underpinnings of the concept of travel. Students will be encouraged to read the literature in light of theoretical considerations formulated to better understand the experience of travel and its literary and critical uses.

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

  • FR-318 Face in the Mirror: Writing & Reflecting the Self in French

    Prerequisites:

    FR-205 and FR-305 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course examines literature written in the French language focusing on memoir, essays and autobiography. Authors such as Montaigne, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Alphonse de Lamartine, Andre Gide, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, Marguerite Duras, Simone de Beauvoir, Linda Le, Daniel Maximin, Assia Djebar, Maryse Conde and Annie Ernaux may be included. Our readings will be informed by a range of literary theory which will inform our discussion on the differences between autobiography and autofiction and the question of truth and the fallibility of memory.

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

Choose 4 additional French courses at the 300-level or above.

Note:

A maximum of four courses taken at other institutions, courses taken in our intensive summer language partner program with CAVILAM, or courses taken in a study abroad program in a French-speaking country can count toward the major.

French Studies Major

Required Courses (2 courses, 8 credits)

  • FR-201 Intermediate French I

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This writing-intensive course examines short readings, films, and print media in the development of language skills. Regular language laboratory sessions required.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

  • FR-202 Intermediate French II

    Prerequisites:

    Take FR-201 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Continuation of skills development from 201.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

These required courses may be waived if students choose to study for two months in CAVILAM, our intensive summer language partner program in Vichy, France. Students who receive a score of “sem4+” on the online placement test in French have fulfilled the 201– 202 prerequisite. To qualify for admittance to either major, a student must complete the prerequisite with an average of “B” or higher.

Advanced Courses (8 courses, 32 credits)

  • FR-205 The Francophone World

    Prerequisites:

    FR 202 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course explores the francophone world through the media of literature and film. Selected works of francophone literature will be linked to writing exercises and conversation activities.

    Term:

    Alternates Fall & Spring

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,BA FOREIGN

  • FR-306 Composition, Conversation and Advanced Grammar

    Prerequisites:

    FR-202;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course enhances students' conversational and writing skills in French. Authentic language and formal writing skills are detailed. The development of oral proficiency is stressed with a focus on listening comprehension, reading and writing. Advanced French grammar is stressed with a focus on written grammatical exercises. This class is open to heritage speakers as well as those who have participated or are planning on participating in the CAVILAM, CCFS-Sorbonne Programs.

    Term:

    Alternates Fall & Spring

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

Choose 1 literature course from the Early Period (4 credits), such as:

  • FR-309 Survey of French Literature I

    Prerequisites:

    FR 202 or Instructors permission

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A study of French literature from medieval times to the 18th century.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Humanities Literature Requirement,BA FOREIGN

  • FR-315 Mots Doux: Love, Lust and Literature

    Prerequisites:

    Take FR-205 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The aim of this course is to introduce students to the basic trends of French literature in the context of a general thematic. While giving critical attention to the theme of love and its manifestations in representative works, this exploration also provides a base from which the student can access the evolution of French Literature. We will situate each work we study in its proper historical context while paying close attention to the evolution of literary genres and parallel trends in the formal study of literary discourse. In this class we will address various thematics that accompany a traditional survey of literature course such as, critical discourse, aesthetic representation, literary movements, genre, constructions of sexual identities, sexual politics and representations of ethnicity, class and culture.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

  • FR-316 Masterpieces of Theatre

    Prerequisites:

    Take FR-205 and FR-305 or instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The aim of this course is to introduce students to major plays written in French from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries, with a focus on both the works themselves and the socio-historical contexts in which they were written. Students will read, analyze, and produce scenes from the plays as well as produce, direct and perform select scenes at the end of the semester. Authors studied may include Moliere, Marivaux, Beckett, Ionesco, Sartre, Camus, Genet, Anouilh, Sarraute, Reza, and Schwarz-Bart. Normally offered every two years

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

Choose 1 literature course from the Modern Period, such as:

  • FR-310 Survey of French Literature II

    Prerequisites:

    FR-202 or instructor's permission

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An analysis of the classic texts of French literature from nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries as they relate to important events in the art, culture, and history of France.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Humanities Literature Requirement,BA FOREIGN

  • FR-317 Drifting Far From Home: the Representation of Travel in French Literature

    Prerequisites:

    FR-205 and FR-305 or instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course examines literature written in the French language that focuses on the experience of travel. Primary texts will span from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first century, while secondary sources will explore the theoretical underpinnings of the concept of travel. Students will be encouraged to read the literature in light of theoretical considerations formulated to better understand the experience of travel and its literary and critical uses.

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

  • FR-318 Face in the Mirror: Writing & Reflecting the Self in French

    Prerequisites:

    FR-205 and FR-305 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course examines literature written in the French language focusing on memoir, essays and autobiography. Authors such as Montaigne, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Alphonse de Lamartine, Andre Gide, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, Marguerite Duras, Simone de Beauvoir, Linda Le, Daniel Maximin, Assia Djebar, Maryse Conde and Annie Ernaux may be included. Our readings will be informed by a range of literary theory which will inform our discussion on the differences between autobiography and autofiction and the question of truth and the fallibility of memory.

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

Choose 4 additional courses in French and/or French Studies, including FR and FRST courses at the 300-level or above, or courses relating to French culture from outside the department of World Languages and Cultural Studies. These courses include:

  • ARH-310 Modernism in Art

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A study of European painting and sculpture from around 1880 to 1940, including Symbolism, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Suprematism, Constructivism, De Stijl, The Bauhaus, Dada and Surrealism. Artists include Gauguin, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Matisse, Kandinsky, Picasso, Braque, Malevich, Mondrian, Duchamp, Masson, Magritte, Dali and Ernst. Normally offered alternate years.

    Type:

    BFA Humanities Requirement,Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

  • GVT-391 Canada: Multicultural Politics

    Prerequisites:

    GVT 110/120 or Instructor's permission

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course examines the Canadian model of incorporating diverse communities into its constitutional and political framework, including the founding British North American Act of 1867, the 1982 Constitution Act, and two later attempts at constitutional reform. Canada's role in balancing two official languages, English and French, is discussed, as is its recognition of a First Nations native-governed territory in the Arctic. This course introduces students to the Canadian polity and compares its parliamentary system with the U.S. separation of powers system. Prerequisites: GVT 110, GVT 120 or instructor's consent. Normally offered alternate years. Cultural Diversity B

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,Social Science,BSJ SOCIAL SCIENCE

  • PHIL-316 Existentialism

    Prerequisites:

    Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An overview of the existentialist tradition. Primary focus on issues and problems arising from the existentialist reaction to classical philosophy. Topics include: paradoxes and contradictions of human nature and human condition; radical freedom, commitment, and responsibility; existential anxiety, meaninglessness and the rejection of God; authenticity and self-deception; individuality and community. Philosophers to be discussed will include Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, Camus, Dostoevsky, and Heidegger. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy or consent of instructor. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every other year.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • THETR-225 Intro to Theatre Arts

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This survey course provides students with an historical, philosophical, and aesthetic overview of theatre practices from the Golden Age of Greek drama to 19th-century melodrama and early experiments in realism. Through readings, lectures, and discussions, the class will explore the theatre's persistent capacity to mirror the societies that produce it. Satisfies a core requirement for Theatre majors and the Humanities requirement. Normally offered alternate years.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

  • THETR-226 Intro to Theatre Arts II

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Picking up chronologically where THETR 225 leaves off, this survey course is designed to provide students with an understanding of modern Western theatre. Beginning with a melodrama, plays will include representative works of realism, naturalism, expressionism, epic theatre, theatre of cruelty, theatre of the absurd, and metatheatricality. Lectures and class discussions will explore how these concepts translate to acting and production techniques as well as what they imply as artistic responses to a modern and post-modern world. Satisfies a core requirement for Theatre Majors.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

  • THETR-263 Sabar: Music and Dance of Senegal

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course explores the history and practice of music and dance in Senegal, West Africa taught through lectures, readings, and studio classes which are accompanied by live African drumming. Proper dance attire is required.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B

Note:

A maximum of 4 courses taken at other institutions, courses taken in our intensive summer language partner program with CAILAM, or courses taken in a study abroad program in a French-speaking country can count toward the major.

Any Seminar for Freshmen with a topic related to the French-speaking countries (e.g. culture, politics, society) may count toward the major with the approval of the major advisor.

AP Credit:

Incoming students who receive a score of "4" or "5" on the AP French examination have fulfilled the prerequisite for the major.

Honors

In order to be considered for honors in French, a student must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Students interested in honors should consult with the department chair during the spring semester of the junior year. Qualifying students must have a 3.2 overall GPA as well as a 3.5 GPA in French courses.
  2. Honors candidates should register for FR-502 in the fall semester of the senior year. Under the guidance of a faculty member, they will use this course to complete a research paper. This paper will be evaluated by all professors in the student’s field of study. If the evaluation is positive, the student will make an oral presentation of the paper in the spring.
  • FR-502 Honors Senior Thesis in French

    Prerequisites:

    Senior Standing and permission of Dept. Chair.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A major research project completed under the supervision of a regular faculty member offered every fall semester. Prerequisites: Senior standing & permission of the department chair.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

Minor Requirements

Minor Requirements: 6 courses, 24 credits

French Minor

Prerequisites (2 courses, 8 credits):

  • FR-201 Intermediate French I

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This writing-intensive course examines short readings, films, and print media in the development of language skills. Regular language laboratory sessions required.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

  • FR-202 Intermediate French II

    Prerequisites:

    Take FR-201 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Continuation of skills development from 201.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

The prerequisites may be waived if students choose to study for two months in CAVILAM, our intensive summer language partner program in Vichy, France. Students who receive a score of “sem4+” on the online placement test in French have fulfilled the 201-202 prerequisite. To qualify for admittance to either minor, a student must complete the prerequisite with an average of “B” or higher.

Advanced Courses (4 courses, 16 credits)

  • FR-205 The Francophone World

    Prerequisites:

    FR 202 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course explores the francophone world through the media of literature and film. Selected works of francophone literature will be linked to writing exercises and conversation activities.

    Term:

    Alternates Fall & Spring

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,BA FOREIGN

  • FR-306 Composition, Conversation and Advanced Grammar

    Prerequisites:

    FR-202;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course enhances students' conversational and writing skills in French. Authentic language and formal writing skills are detailed. The development of oral proficiency is stressed with a focus on listening comprehension, reading and writing. Advanced French grammar is stressed with a focus on written grammatical exercises. This class is open to heritage speakers as well as those who have participated or are planning on participating in the CAVILAM, CCFS-Sorbonne Programs.

    Term:

    Alternates Fall & Spring

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

Choose 1 literature course from the Early Period (4 credits), such as:

  • FR-309 Survey of French Literature I

    Prerequisites:

    FR 202 or Instructors permission

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A study of French literature from medieval times to the 18th century.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Humanities Literature Requirement,BA FOREIGN

  • FR-315 Mots Doux: Love, Lust and Literature

    Prerequisites:

    Take FR-205 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The aim of this course is to introduce students to the basic trends of French literature in the context of a general thematic. While giving critical attention to the theme of love and its manifestations in representative works, this exploration also provides a base from which the student can access the evolution of French Literature. We will situate each work we study in its proper historical context while paying close attention to the evolution of literary genres and parallel trends in the formal study of literary discourse. In this class we will address various thematics that accompany a traditional survey of literature course such as, critical discourse, aesthetic representation, literary movements, genre, constructions of sexual identities, sexual politics and representations of ethnicity, class and culture.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

  • FR-316 Masterpieces of Theatre

    Prerequisites:

    Take FR-205 and FR-305 or instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The aim of this course is to introduce students to major plays written in French from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries, with a focus on both the works themselves and the socio-historical contexts in which they were written. Students will read, analyze, and produce scenes from the plays as well as produce, direct and perform select scenes at the end of the semester. Authors studied may include Moliere, Marivaux, Beckett, Ionesco, Sartre, Camus, Genet, Anouilh, Sarraute, Reza, and Schwarz-Bart. Normally offered every two years

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

Choose 1 course from the Modern Period, such as:

  • FR-310 Survey of French Literature II

    Prerequisites:

    FR-202 or instructor's permission

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An analysis of the classic texts of French literature from nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries as they relate to important events in the art, culture, and history of France.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Humanities Literature Requirement,BA FOREIGN

  • FR-317 Drifting Far From Home: the Representation of Travel in French Literature

    Prerequisites:

    FR-205 and FR-305 or instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course examines literature written in the French language that focuses on the experience of travel. Primary texts will span from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first century, while secondary sources will explore the theoretical underpinnings of the concept of travel. Students will be encouraged to read the literature in light of theoretical considerations formulated to better understand the experience of travel and its literary and critical uses.

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

  • FR-318 Face in the Mirror: Writing & Reflecting the Self in French

    Prerequisites:

    FR-205 and FR-305 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course examines literature written in the French language focusing on memoir, essays and autobiography. Authors such as Montaigne, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Alphonse de Lamartine, Andre Gide, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, Marguerite Duras, Simone de Beauvoir, Linda Le, Daniel Maximin, Assia Djebar, Maryse Conde and Annie Ernaux may be included. Our readings will be informed by a range of literary theory which will inform our discussion on the differences between autobiography and autofiction and the question of truth and the fallibility of memory.

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

 

French Studies Minor

Prerequisites (2 courses, 8 credits):

  • FR-201 Intermediate French I

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This writing-intensive course examines short readings, films, and print media in the development of language skills. Regular language laboratory sessions required.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

  • FR-202 Intermediate French II

    Prerequisites:

    Take FR-201 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Continuation of skills development from 201.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

Advanced Courses (4 courses, 16 credits):

  • FR-205 The Francophone World

    Prerequisites:

    FR 202 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course explores the francophone world through the media of literature and film. Selected works of francophone literature will be linked to writing exercises and conversation activities.

    Term:

    Alternates Fall & Spring

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,BA FOREIGN

Choose 1 course from the Early Period (such as 309, 315, or 316) or 1 course from the Modern Period (such as 310,317, or 318):

  • FR-309 Survey of French Literature I

    Prerequisites:

    FR 202 or Instructors permission

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A study of French literature from medieval times to the 18th century.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Humanities Literature Requirement,BA FOREIGN

  • FR-310 Survey of French Literature II

    Prerequisites:

    FR-202 or instructor's permission

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An analysis of the classic texts of French literature from nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries as they relate to important events in the art, culture, and history of France.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Humanities Literature Requirement,BA FOREIGN

  • FR-315 Mots Doux: Love, Lust and Literature

    Prerequisites:

    Take FR-205 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The aim of this course is to introduce students to the basic trends of French literature in the context of a general thematic. While giving critical attention to the theme of love and its manifestations in representative works, this exploration also provides a base from which the student can access the evolution of French Literature. We will situate each work we study in its proper historical context while paying close attention to the evolution of literary genres and parallel trends in the formal study of literary discourse. In this class we will address various thematics that accompany a traditional survey of literature course such as, critical discourse, aesthetic representation, literary movements, genre, constructions of sexual identities, sexual politics and representations of ethnicity, class and culture.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

  • FR-316 Masterpieces of Theatre

    Prerequisites:

    Take FR-205 and FR-305 or instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The aim of this course is to introduce students to major plays written in French from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries, with a focus on both the works themselves and the socio-historical contexts in which they were written. Students will read, analyze, and produce scenes from the plays as well as produce, direct and perform select scenes at the end of the semester. Authors studied may include Moliere, Marivaux, Beckett, Ionesco, Sartre, Camus, Genet, Anouilh, Sarraute, Reza, and Schwarz-Bart. Normally offered every two years

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

  • FR-317 Drifting Far From Home: the Representation of Travel in French Literature

    Prerequisites:

    FR-205 and FR-305 or instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course examines literature written in the French language that focuses on the experience of travel. Primary texts will span from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first century, while secondary sources will explore the theoretical underpinnings of the concept of travel. Students will be encouraged to read the literature in light of theoretical considerations formulated to better understand the experience of travel and its literary and critical uses.

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

  • FR-318 Face in the Mirror: Writing & Reflecting the Self in French

    Prerequisites:

    FR-205 and FR-305 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course examines literature written in the French language focusing on memoir, essays and autobiography. Authors such as Montaigne, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Alphonse de Lamartine, Andre Gide, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, Marguerite Duras, Simone de Beauvoir, Linda Le, Daniel Maximin, Assia Djebar, Maryse Conde and Annie Ernaux may be included. Our readings will be informed by a range of literary theory which will inform our discussion on the differences between autobiography and autofiction and the question of truth and the fallibility of memory.

    Type:

    BA FOREIGN

Choose 2 additional courses in French and/or French Studies, including FR and FRST courses at the 300-level or above, or courses relating to French culture from outside the department of World Languages and Cultural Studies. (See courses listed under French Studies Major).

AP Credit:

Incoming students who receive a score of “4” or “5” on the AP French Examination have fulfilled the prerequisite for the minor.

A maximum of two courses taken at other institutions or as part of our intensive summer language partner program with CAVILAM can count toward the minor in French or French Studies.