French Studies Courses

FREN  100 - Intensive French (8)

French 100 combines first and second semesters of Elementary French while offering a smaller class size (16 students), cutting edge language learning technologies, and a small stipend to support outings in the City.

FREN  101 - First Semester French (4)

An elementary French course. Accent on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at the beginners level. This course includes a mandatory one-hour weekly group conversation class with a tutor for nine weeks of the semester outside of the class meeting time.

FREN  102 - Second Semester French (4)

Prerequisite: FREN 101 or equivalent competence as determined by the placement test. Continuation of First Semester French. This course includes a mandatory one-hour weekly group conversation class with a tutor for nine weeks of the semester outside of the class meeting time.

FREN  133 - Intermediate French Conv (2)

French conversation at the intermediate level. Introduction to French and Francophone culture and society. (May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units of credit). Offered every semester.

FREN  195 - FYS: First-Year Seminar (4)

First Year Seminars are designed and taught by faculty who have a special passion for the topic. All FYSeminars are small classes (16 students) that count toward the university Core. Many FYSeminars include enrichment activities such as excursions into the city or guest speakers. FYSeminars are only open to students in their first or second semester at USF, and students may only take one FYS, in either Fall or Spring. For a detailed description of this course, and other FYSeminars this semester, go to this webpage by cutting and pasting the link: http://www.usfca.edu/artsci/firstyearsem/
Restricted to Freshman class

FREN  201 - Third Semester French (4)

Prerequisite: FREN - 102 or equivalent competence as determined by the placement test. Review of grammar. Accent on developing listening, speaking, reading, and stress on conversation. This course includes a mandatory one-hour weekly group conversation class with a tutor for nine weeks of the semester outside of the class meeting time.

FREN  202 - Fourth Semester French (4)

Prerequisite: FREN - 102 or equivalent competence as determined by the placement test. An intermediate-level course focusing on developing the elementary reading, writing, listening and speaking skills as well as grammar acquired in the first year. In addition, there is an increased focus on cultural knowledge and the inclusion of a full-length work of literature.

FREN  216 - Foreign Language Teaching Methodology (2)

Prerequisite: FREN 202 or SPAN 202 or SPAN 222. Required for all Spanish and French conversation tutors. While simultaneously teaching conversation sessions, students will specifically learn how to: identify issues underlying communicative language and task-based teaching,create well designed language learning activities that engage learners in communicative language learning tasks, sequence those tasks, apply appropriate language teaching terminology during class discussions, reflect about themselves as learners and teachers, and participate in intellectual discussions about second language acquisition and foreign language teaching issues.

FREN  250 - Africa Films Africa (CD) (4)

The diversity of the African continent as seen through the eyes of its filmmakers. Weekly viewings and discussions will be informed by critical literature on African film and its place in the West and the developing world.

FREN  255 - Diplomatie Sans Frontieres (4)

This course is designed to serve students intending to do internships or gain employment in French-speaking environments or countries. Although fully developing the language skills to function in international institutions takes years, learning the conventions associated with different kinds of communication and expanding your vocabulary in the areas of your specialization (whether it is politics, commerce, human rights, cultural diplomacy) can facilitate your assimilation once you find yourself immersed in that kind of environment.

FREN  260 - a.k.a. Africa: Mapping Identities in African Literature and Film (4)

A substantial introduction to the literature and flim of the African continent. Works from five different regions and more than a dozen countries ranging from traditional folk talkes to experimental novels will expose students to the diversity of the continent through its rich literary heritage.

FREN  265 - Les Enfants Terribles (4)

What can we learn from rebellious figures, those men and women who refuse to live by the rules? Meet some of France’s celebrated “unruly children,” explore their creative contributions to contemporary French culture, and brush up on your colloquial French. Prerequisite: FREN 202

FREN  275 - Cultures de France (4)

Prerequisite: FREN - 202 or equivalent. French culture and civilization focuses on the study of French society from 1851 to the present through cultural phenomena in the context of major historical, political, and social events.

FREN  312 - Finesses de la langue (2)

This course is designed to help students develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the subtleties of the French language. They will develop their vocabulary, grammatical sophistication, and reading proficiency.

FREN  315 - Paris: Biographie d’une ville (4)

This course offers a study of cultural currents that have made Paris a global metropolis. It invites students to explore diverse facets of Parisian life and encourages them to look at French culture through their own experience and artistic sensitivity.

FREN  320 - Le plaisir du texte (4)

An introduction to reading and analyzing literary works, with special emphasis on the acquisition of critical vocabulary through readings in major genres (poems, plays, novels) and multiple writing assignments.

FREN  322 - Le bon sens et la folie (4)

An introduction to the major literary currents of the 17th and 18th centuries, to the historical events that helped shape them, and to other cultural manifestations associated with them.

FREN  324 - Guerre et paix (4)

An introduction to the major literary currents of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries to the historical events that helped shape them, and to other cultural manifestations associated with them.

FREN  330 - Rencontres: L’Afrique francophone (4)

An intensive and comprehensive introduction to the literature and culture of the almost thirty French speaking countries of Africa through representative texts produced in three very culturally diverse regions: North, West and Central Africa.

FREN  332 - Rencontres: Le monde francophone (4)

An intensive and comprehensive introduction to the Francophone world excluding Africa (which is covered in French 330). Texts, DVDs, and artifacts will be used as the basis for an exploration of the literary, cinematic and popular production, and the cultural and linguistic specificity of French-speaking groups in North America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Oceania.

FREN  340 - French Cinema and Literature (4)

A comprehensive history of French Cinema and literature from the turn of the 20th Century to the present. Students will read, analyze, compare and contrast literary and cinematic works of each significant period starting with the invention of the first camera and the Lumiere's Brothers' first films to the different movements that influenced today's film and literary productions. Taught in English.

FREN  350 - Paris-Berlin: Connections and Contrasts at the Turn of the 20th Century (4)

The course explores the many cultural exchanges between France and Germany from the late 1800s to the early decades of the 20th century. In this period, Paris and Berlin were centers of artistic productions. The new perspectives in literature, art, architecture, and film of this period and their integration with social and political developments are focal points. The foundation is Nietzsche's manifesto of personal self-overcoming.

FREN  390 - Special Topics (2 - 4)

FREN  398 - Dir Reading and Research (1 - 6)

Individual project on various topics of French and Francophone studies to be determined with the instructor. Written permission of the department chair and the dean is required. Offered every semester at the upper-division level only to help students complete their requirements for the major or the minor.

FREN  399 - Internship (1 - 9)

Internship in French companies (businesses or financial institutions), or French government agencies (Consulate, Chamber of Commerce). Written permission of the instructor, the department chair and the dean is required.

FREN  440 - Seminar: Special Topics in French Literature and Culture (4)

Examples of courses: Images du féminin; Conditions de l'amour; Culture des affaires.

FREN  450 - Seminar: Special Topics in Francophone Literature and Culture (4)

Examples of courses: Carte d'identité; Migrations; L'Algérie francaise, la France algérienne.