FRE - French

FRE 101 Elementary College French I

Course Description: This class is an introductory course designed to develop fundamental communication skills in French culture. Supplementary videos, tapes, and other materials are incorporated in the course.

Course Rotation: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for FRE 101 ( Test: French Placement 1 to 2) or ( Test: French Placement 10 to 11) or ( Test: Language Placement Override 98 to 99)

FRE 101O Elementary Conversational French I - Learning Community

Course Description:A structured communicative approach to the study of the French language. By the end of the semester, students will be able to express basic ideas in French, and will learn to use appropriate grammatical forms at the elementary level. In addition to the language component, students will gain a perspective of the French-speaking world through the viewing of representative contemporary films and discussing them in depth. Language structures studied in the Language component will be reinforced in the film study.

3 credits

Corequisites

FRE 154FO

FRE 102 Elementary College French II

Prerequisite: FRE 101 or 2 years of high school French.

Course Description: A continuation of the principles established in FRE 101. In addition, the course will introduce more complex sentence structures, past and future verb tenses, the subjunctive mood, and increase fundamental vocabulary. Supplementary videos, tapes, films and other materials are incorporated in the course.

Course Rotation: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for FRE 102 ( Course : FRE 101 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or ( Test: French Placement 20 to 21) or ( Test: Language Placement Override 98 to 99)

FRE 150 Travel Course to France

6 credits

FRE 154 Topics from French Literature and Culture in Translation

(NYC & PLV)
6 credits

FRE 154F Topic: The French Speaking World in Film

Prerequisite: None. Course conducted in English.
Fulfills 3 credits in the Film and Screen Studies major or minor.

Course Description: Students will learn about the people who speak French (Francophones) by reading selections about the French from various print and internet sources, by viewing, analyzing and writing about films produced by French and Francophone directors, and by online discussions of these documents and films. Students will view a series of films, selected for their representation of cultural topics. Before viewing each film, students will read selections from the text and then discuss the topic online on Blackboard. Additional activities include keeping a journal, short papers and a final Powerpoint presentation.

3 credits

FRE 154I A Different Voice Francophone Women Writers of North America

Prerequisite: None. Course conducted in English.

3 credits

FRE 154M Topic: Our Northern Neighbors: French Literature of Quebec

Prerequisite: None. Course conducted in English.

3 credits

FRE 154U Topic in French Literature: French Women Writers

3 credits

FRE 154W Topic The Second Sex: Images of Women in Literature and Film

Prerequisite: None. Course conducted in English.

Fulfills 3 credits toward the Film and Screen Studies major. New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: From femme fatale to feisty feminist, the female image in French literature and film has reflected the tumultuous social and artistic changes of a nation. In this course, we will consider the portrayal of women in French films, novels and poetry from the Middle Ages to the present. This is a fully online course offered in an intensive 4-week Summer session. Activities include reading, keeping a journal, online discussion of texts and films, viewing of films and film clips, two short papers and a final Powerpoint presentation.

3 credits

FRE 154X France and America: Two Perspectives on Democracy, Freedom and the Modern Social and Politcal Order

Prerequisite: None. Course conducted in English.
Course Description: France and America, currently two of the world's most advanced industrialized nations, are similar in many respects with regard to how they conceptualize and practice freedom, the duties of citizens and government, human rights, capitalism and other matters that pertain to modern life. There is much in America's history that is rooted in ideas that stem from the Enlightenment in 18th century France. At the same time, French views on matters like freedom, the obligations of government to the citizenry and the like often differ markedly from those held by Americans. This course will examine those similarities and differences and attempt to explain them through lectures, readings, discussions and presentations.

3 credits

FRE 154Z Topic: Ye Cric! Francophone Voices of the Caribbean

Prerequisite: None. Course conducted in English.
Yé kric! Francophone voices of the Caribbean

Course Description:This course will explore literary works of French speaking authors from the Caribbean as they tell of exploration, exploitation and the search for a national identity. Authors from Haïti, Martinique and Guadeloupe will be represented, primarily from the 20th century. All works are read in their entirety in translation.

3 credits

FRE 155C Topic: Paris: A Tale of Two Cities in the Literary Imagination

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: Paris, the City of Lights, holds a mythic presence in world literature. In this course, we will study the many ways that Paris has appeared in French literature over the centuries. Readings will introduce students to the multiple and changing identities that the city has developed since its inception. The class will visit Paris during Spring break. This course is conducted in English.
Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

3 credits

FRE 155D Topics: Paris: The City of Light in Film and Fiction

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students to France's most well-known and well-lived city, Paris, using a variety of films and literary sources which highlight themes which have dominated Parisian life in modern times.

3 credits

FRE 161 The French Speaking World Seen Through Its Films

Course conducted in English.
Fulfills 3 credits in the Film and Screen Studies major or minor.

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV. This is a writing enhanced course.

Course Description: Students will learn about the people who speak French (Francophones) by reading selections about the French from various print and internet sources, by viewing, analyzing and writing about film produced by French and Francophone directors, and by online discussions of these documents and films. Watching Francophones in action will help students understand both similarities and differences in cultural expectations, attitudes and values. In addition, students will view a series of films, selected for their representation of cultural topics. Before viewing the film, students will read selections from the text, as well as prepare and discuss cultural materials. For each film, students will discuss the topic on Blackboard, bringing in observations, ideas, and thoughts. Additional activities include reading, keeping a journal, online discussion of texts and films, viewing of films and film clips, short papers and a final Powerpoint presentation.

Course Rotation: PL: Fall, odd years.

3 credits

FRE 162 Images of Women in French Literature and Film

Course conducted in English.
Fulfills 3 credits toward the Film and Screen Studies major. New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV. This is a writing enhanced course.

Course Description: From femme fatale to feisty feminist, the female image in French Literature and film has reflected the tumultuous social and artistic changes of a nation. In this course, we will consider the portrayal of women in French films, novels and poetry from the Middle Ages to the present. This is a fully online course offered in an intensive 4-week session. Activities include reading, weekly essays, online discussion of texts and films, viewing of films and film clips, and a final paper.

Course Rotation: PL: Summer.

3 credits

FRE 163 Our Northern Neighbors: The Literature of Quebec

Course Description:This course introduces students to a representative sample of the literature of the Canadian province of Quebec as it has developed over the past 200 years. All works were originally written in French and will be read in English translations.

Course Rotation:PLV:Summer

3 credits

FRE 164 Ye Cric! Francophone Voices of the Caribbean

Course Description: This course will explore literary works of French speaking authors from the Caribbean as they tell of exploration, exploitation and the search for a national identity. Authors from Haiti, Martinique and Guadeloupe will be represented, primarily from the 20th century. All works are read in their entirely in translation.

Course Rotation: PLV: Fall;Summer

3 credits

FRE 165 A Different Voice: Francophone Women of North America

Course Description: Readings in this course are taken from three different region of North America, Canada, The United States and the Caribbean-which represent different histories and different societies bit one language: French. Francophone women writers of North America speak for two minorities and speak from a variety of experiences: as citizens whose language is that of a minority, or with the voice of a former slave, or with the language of a disappearing heritage. All works are in English translations.

Course Rotation: PLV: Spring

3 credits

FRE 154FM Topic: French-Speaking World in Film - Learning Community

Prerequisite: None. Course conducted in English.
Learning Community Course Description: Students will gain a perspective of the French-speaking world through the viewing of representative contemporary films and discussing them in depth. Field trips into Pleasantville to the Jacob Burns Center and Jean-Jacques French restaurant will enhance the course.

3 credits

Corequisites

ENG 110N

FRE 154FO The French Speaking World in Film - Learning Community

Prerequisite: None. Course conducted in English. Course Description:>/b>A structured communicative approach to the study of the French language. By the end of the semester, students will be able to express basic ideas in French, and will learn to use appropriate grammatical forms at the elementary level. In addition to the language component, students will gain a perspective of the French-speaking world through the viewing of representative contemporary films and discussing them in depth. Language structures studied in the Language component will be reinforced in the film study.

3 credits

Corequisites

FRE 101O

FRE 280 Intensive Review of French

Prerequisite: FRE 102 or 3 years of high school French.

Course Description: This course is designed to strengthen and solidify reading, writing, speaking, and understanding skills acquired in FRE 101/102 (or equivalent) by the intensive review of grammar, class conversations, reading of literary texts and the use of technology.

Course Rotation: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

FRE 102 Minimum Grade of D

FRE 281 Intermediate French I

Prerequisite: FRE 102 or 3 years of High School French.

Course Description: A review and expansion of the principles learned in the first year of French. Greater emphasis will be placed on reading and writing skills. By reading texts related to contemporary cultural issues, the student will enhance his knowledge of the language and the culture.

Course Rotation: PLV: TBA.

3 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for FRE 281 ( Course : FRE 102 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or ( Test: French Placement 30 to 31) or ( Test: Language Placement Override 98 to 99)

FRE 283 Intermediate French Conversation

Prerequisite: FRE 280 or 4 years of High School French.

Course Description: An intermediate level course for students who possess a solid foundation in the fundamentals of the language and who wish to improve their ability to speak and communicate in the language.

Course Rotation: PLV: TBA.

3 credits

FRE 284 Intermediate French Composition

Prerequisite: FRE 102 or 3 years of High School French.

Course Description: An intermediate level course for students who possess a solid foundation in the fundamentals of the language and who wish to improve their ability to write with ease and correctness.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring. PLV: TBA.

3 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for FRE 284 ( Course : FRE 280 . Minimum Grade of D. ) or ( Test: French Placement 40 to 41) or ( Test: Language Placement Override 98 to 99)

FRE 301 French Conversation, Diction, and Phonetics

Prerequisite: 6 credits of intermediate French or 4 years of High School French.

Course Description: This course aims to develop fluency in the spoken language and increase vocabulary through oral and written exercises. Appropriate laboratory materials are included. Course is conducted in French.

3 credits

FRE 302 Advanced French Composition

Prerequisite: 6 credits of intermediate French or 4 years of High School French.

Course Description: A course that stresses writing correct French on a broad variety of topics including literature, culture, and daily life.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

FRE 303 Advanced Oral and Written Expression

Prerequisite: 6 credits of intermediate French or 4 years of High School French.

Course Description: A course for those wishing to improve their ability to speak and write French. The stress is on acquisition of correct pronunciation and a wider vocabulary.

3 credits

FRE 304 Translation and Interpretation

Course Description:This course is designed to introduce the students to students to the basic theories and strategies for practical translation and interpretation both from French to English and from English to French. With reading and writing assignments as well as class discussions, students are encouraged to evaluate and apply theoretical concepts and techniques to improve their own translation and interpretation performance. In addition, oral and written translation of a variety of texts and exercises provides student an opportunity to reinforce the knowledge of French grammar they have already learned and to increase their mastery in the areas of vocabulary, syntax, and stylistics.
Course Rotation:Fall;NY

3 credits

Prerequisites

FRE 303 Minimum Grade of D

FRE 305 Advanced French for Industry and the Professions I

Prerequisite: 6 credits of intermediate French or 4 years of High School French.

Course Description: Designed to develop the student's language proficiency within his/her career interests. Students will be introduced to commercial terminology and cultural differences in business. Emphasis is on business correspondence.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall - Odd years. PLV: Spring - Even years.

3 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for FRE 305 ( Course : FRE 300 to 399. Required Courses: 1. Minimum Grade of D. ) or ( Test: French Placement 50 to 51) or ( Test: Language Placement Override 98 to 99)

FRE 306 Advanced French for Industry and the Professions II

3 credits

FRE 310 French Culture and Civilization I

Prerequisite: One 300-Level French Course.

Course Description: Comprehensive study of the most important aspects of French history, art, and literature. Consideration is also given to French geography, social customs, life, and institutions. Extensive use of visual aids. Course is conducted in French.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall - Odd years. PLV: TBA.

3 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for FRE 310 ( Course : FRE 200 to 299. Required Courses: 2. Minimum Grade of D. ) or ( Test: French Placement 50 to 51) or ( Test: Language Placement Override 98 to 99)

FRE 311 French Culture and Civilization II

Prerequisite: One 300-Level French Course.

Course Description: A study of the diverse French-speaking cultures in North America and Africa. A selection of seminal works by important writers and thinkers from the French-speaking world outside of metropolitan France.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

FRE 316 Masterpieces of French Literature I

Prerequisite: One 300 level French course.

Course Description: A selection of seminal works in prose, poetry and theater by many of France's most important and influential writers. The course will be conducted entirely in French and students will read the texts in the original. Course Rotation: NYC: Fall - Even years and Spring - Odd years. PLV: TBA.

3 credits

FRE 317 Masterpieces of French Literature II

Prerequisite: One 300 level French Course.

Course Description: A selection of seminal works in prose, poetry, and theater by several of the most important and influential writers of the present modern period.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

FRE 330 French Romanticism, Realism and Naturalism

Prerequisite: One 300 level French Course.

Course Description: This course will examine representative novelists, poets, and playwrights of these major literary trends of the 19th century.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

FRE 337 Contemporary French Literature I

Prerequisite: One 300 level French course.

Course Description: A survey of the main trends emerging in the post-war period especially in the novel and theater. Intensive and extensive readings from Proust, Gide, Sartre, Camus, Giraudoux, Anouilh, existentialism, and the Theater of the Absurd.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

FRE 380 Seminar: French Literature and Film (PLV)

(PLV)
3 credits

FRE 380C Seminar: French Literature and Film

Prerequisite: One 300-level French class.

Course Description: This course focuses on modern French films and their literary counterparts.

3 credits

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite for FRE 380C ( Course : FRE 300 to 399. Required Courses: 1. Minimum Grade of D. ) or ( Test: French Placement 50 to 51) or ( Test: Language Placement Override 98 to 99)

FRE 390 Honors Project in French

Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of the department chairperson.

1 - 6 credits

FRE 395 Independent Study in French

Prerequisite: One 300 level French course.

1 - 9 credits

FRE 480A French Civilization: Origins to the Existentialist

Prerequisite: One 300 level French course.

Course Description: This course traces the development of French civilization from its origins in prehistory-evident in the cave paintings of Lascaux to the existentialist philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre. The text for the course is Steele et al.'s La civilization française en évolution I. The work in this course should contribute to a development of all four language skills since all will come into play.

3 credits

FRE 480B Seminar: Gender Issues and Roles for Francophone Contemporary Caribbean Women

Prerequisite: One 300 level French course.

Course Description: This course will focus on the issues involved in the psychosocial and historical construction of gender and gender roles. We will analyze the nature and function of Francophone Caribbean feminist/feminine writing in woman's search for self-definition, and the way it represents the body and desire. The students will debate and explore issues such as feminism, racism, colonialism, independence, post independence, and other aspects of a multi-cultural society.

3 credits

FRE 480C Topic: Contemporary Francophone Literature

Course Description: It is a course about literary texts and authors from the whole French speaking world. Occasionally, we may illustrate the literary discussions and discoveries with audiovisual documents. The course will study creative writings from the 19th century to the beginning of the 21st century. It will be taught completely in French. This course should allow students to know and understand better the diversity and richness of literature produced in Francophone nations.

3 credits

FRE 491 French Internship

Prerequisite: Permission of the department chairperson. Students must demonstrate an adequate level of language proficiency.

Course Description: Designed to provide the student with an opportunity to apply language proficiency to a professional setting. Course Rotation: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

3 credits