French Courses

French courses are offered to help meet G.E. and can be used toward a Minor or a Major in French.

Lower Division Courses

FREN 1A. Elementary French (4 units)
Beginning course in conversational and written French. Not open to students with two or more years of high school French credit.

FREN 1B. Elementary French (4 units)
Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2. FREN 1A or permission of instructor recommended. Second semester course in conversational and written French. Not open to those with three or more years of high school French credit. G.E. Breadth C2.

FREN 2A. French for Communication (3 units)
Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2; FREN 1B or equivalent recommended. Second year course that emphasizes speaking and reading. Reviews basic French grammar. G.E. Breadth C2.

FREN 2B. French for Communication (3 units)
Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2. FREN 2A or equivalent recommended. Second year course that emphasizes speaking and reading skills. G.E. Breadth C2.

FREN 4. Reading and Writing (3 units)
Recommended: FREN 2B or equivalent. Opportunity to increase reading and writing skills in preparation for upper-division coursework in French.

FREN 5. Conversation (3; max total 6 units)
Recommended: FREN 2A or equivalent. May be taken concurrently with FREN 2A or 4. Development of listening and speaking skills. Exclusive use of French in an in formal class atmosphere. Conversations on assigned topics, extemporaneous discussions.

Upper Division Courses

*Please note, these courses are not in numeral order, but in Area order. Be sure, if searching for a particular course number, you are looking in the correct Area of study.

AREA I. Language and Culture

FREN 103. Advanced Grammar
and Composition (3; max total 6 units)

Recommended: two semesters of Intermediate French. To be taken twice for the major. Written assignments in French on varied topics with emphasis on composition. Written exercises in French on specific points of grammar. (Fall semester)

FREN 120T. Topics in French Civilization (3; max total 6 units if no topic repeated)
Recommended: FREN 103 or permission of instructor. Possible topics: French contributions to Western Civilization (art, music, architecture, history, science). Special emphasis on contemporary France. The history of Anglo-French and Franco-American relations. Linguistic, cultural, intellectual, political, commercial, and diplomatic similarities and differences explored. Taught in French.

FREN 132. French Phonology and
Structural Analysis (3; max total 6 units)

Recommended: completion of one semester of FREN 103. As a progression toward mastery, an investigation of the French language as a functioning code of verbal communication. Relationships of oral/written aspects and contrasts with American English. Intensive drill on individual pronunciation problems.

FREN 150. Advanced Conversation (3 units)
Recommended: two semesters of Intermediate French. Intensive practice in oral expression in French. Emphasis on current affairs in France.

AREA II. Literature

FREN 109. French Literature, Culture, and Society from the Middle Ages to Today (3 units)

Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area C. Two semesters of intermediate recommended. French. Intellectual background of major literary movements and represen-tative authors from the earliest period to the present. Selected readings. Taught in French. (Fall semester) G.E. Integration IC.

FREN 110. French Theater (3 units)
Recommended: FREN 109. Drama in France from the Renaissance to the present, with emphasis on the 17th and 20th centuries. Reading and discussion of representative works.

FREN 111. The French Novel (3 units)
Recommended: FREN 109. The novel as a reflection of French society. Analysis of major works from various periods.

FREN 112. French Prose: Essay and Short Story (3 units)
Recommended: FREN 109. Analysis of prose works by such authors as Montaigne, Voltaire, Maupassant, Camus, Sartre.

FREN 113. French Poetry (3 units)
Recommended: FREN 109. Introductory course in poetry as a genre; principles of French versification. Students will be exposed to major contributions of the French in poetry. Thematic and/or chronological presentations (movements, "isms").

FREN 149. Voices of Africa (3 units)
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area C. Study of representative works by such writers as Achebe, Senghor, and Mphahlele which reveal the attitudes of modern Africans toward their land, their traditions, and their encounter with the 20th century world. Course taught in English. G.E. Integration IC.

FREN 160T. Selected Topics in French Studies
(1-3; max total 6 units if no topic repeated)

Recommended: FREN 103 or permission of instructor. Topics chosen from French literature (genre, themes, movements), from French linguistics (History of the Language; Contrastive Analysis: English/French), or French Culture and Civilization.

FREN 190. Independent Study (1-3; max total 6 units)
See Academic Placement -- Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.