French (FR)

FR 1015  French Language and Culture Studies I  (3 Credits)  

Open to students with no more than 1 year of high school French, or with no previous study of French. Closed to students with any college-level study of French. An introductory course that focuses on development of the 4 language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasizes language in a cultural setting. Conducted in French. Falls. (DICO)(GACO)

FR 1025  French Language and Culture Studies II  (3 Credits)  

Continuation of FR 1015. Conducted in French. An introductory course that focuses on development of the 4 language sills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasizes language in a cultural setting. Springs. (DICO)(GACO)

Prerequisite(s): FR 1015 or equivalent.

FR 2030  French Language and Culture Studies III  (3 Credits)  

Continued study of the language and cultures of the French speaking world. Appropriate for students who have had the equivalent of 1 year of French at the university level or 2 years of high school French. Falls. Prerequisite(s): 1 year of university level French or 2 years of high school French.

FR 2040  French Language and Culture Studies IV  (3 Credits)  

Continued study of the language and cultures of the French speaking world. Appropriate for students who have had the equivalent of 1 year of French at the university level or 2 years of high school French. Falls.

Prerequisite(s): 1 year of university level French or 2 years of high school French.

FR 2400  Foreign Language Project  (1-3 Credits)  

Designed to allow students who study away from the Plymouth campus an opportunity to work on a credit-bearing program in cooperation with a Plymouth faculty person. Among possible projects: a diary in the target language of activities during travel abroad or while working with a foreign language-speaking group; a group of reports in the target language of intern work; a specific reading project connecting reading with sites visited, etc. Students arrange in advance the concept of the project and select the level and credits based on length and complexity of the project. Prior consent of the Department. Unscheduled.

FR 3010  French History and Civilization  (3 Credits)  

Explores French culture and civilization throughout the country’s history. Examines French culture and identity through historical, geographical, socio-cultural and linguistic contexts. Conducted in French. Unscheduled.

FR 3020  French Culture and Conversation  (3 Credits)  

Attention to organization and presentation of oral expression. Accuracy and fluency in discussion in the context of contemporary French institutions and society. Conducted in French. Spring of odd years.

FR 3030  French Popular Culture and Technology  (3 Credits)  

One-semester sequel to Intermediate French or for Advanced Placement of incoming students. Review and consolidation of all skills with attention to vocabulary expansion and the introduction of more sophisticated grammatical constructions. Development of composition and communication skills and preparation for reading authentic texts of diverse types. Helps students compare and contrast the role of technology within their own culture and in various French-speaking cultures. Hands-on experience using current technologies to present and archive student work. Conducted in French. Falls. (GACO)(TECO)

FR 3130  Advanced French Composition  (3 Credits)  

Attention to developing clarity, accuracy, and proficiency in written composition. From guided writing by models to free expression. Conducted in French. Spring of even years. (WRCO)

FR 3150  French for Business  (3 Credits)  

Concentrates on spoken and written language typical of business functions. Practice in listening, reading and writing with basic cultural orientation. Appropriate reading and vocabulary for individual business interests are covered. Conducted in French. Unscheduled.

FR 3160  Contemporary French Society  (3 Credits)  

A critical study of the most pressing social and cultural issues in contemporary French society. Examines questions of identity, education, religion, immigration, and urbanization. Conducted in French. Unscheduled.

Prerequisite(s): advanced level of French or permission of the instructor.

FR 3170  The Francophone World  (3 Credits)  

Students discover the diversity of the countries and cultures where French is spoken around the world. Examines “la francophonie” through sociohistorical, cultural, political, and linguistic perspectives. Emphasizes the regions of West Africa, the Maghreb and the Caribbean. Conducted in French. Unscheduled.

Prerequisite(s): advanced level of French or permission of the instructor.

FR 3400  Foreign Language Project  (1-3 Credits)  

Designed to allow students who study away from the Plymouth campus an opportunity to work on a credit-bearing program in cooperation with a Plymouth faculty person. Among possible projects: a diary in the target language of activities during travel abroad or while working with a foreign language-speaking group; a group of reports in the target language of intern work; a specific reading project connecting reading with sites visited, etc. Students arrange in advance the concept of the project and select the level and credits based on length and complexity of the project. Prior consent of the Department. Unscheduled.

FR 3410  Quebec Culture and Literature  (3 Credits)  

An introduction to Quebec literature and culture. Designed to increase student awareness and appreciation of Quebec's culture, history and literature. Original works of Quebec's leading novelists and dramatists are studied in correlation with the French Canadians' culture evolution. Conducted in French. Unscheduled.

FR 3800  Internship in Applied French  (1-4 Credits)  

An opportunity for students to gain meaningful work experience by applying the knowledge and skills learned in French coursework to fields such as business, tourism, non-profit, and education. Includes designing a learning agreement, reflection, and a final presentation to a selected French class. Repeatable for a maximum of 8 credits. With permission.

FR 4100  Survey of French Literary Masterpieces I  (3 Credits)  

Offers a systematic survey of the main literary genres and individual writers in their social milieu from the Middle Ages through the 17th century. Conducted in French. FR 3030 and FR 3130 are especially urged as a thorough foundation to handle this specialized level. Unscheduled.

Prerequisite(s): completion of at least one 3000-level French course or permission of the instructor.

FR 4110  Survey of French Literary Masterpieces II  (3 Credits)  

A continuation of FR 4100. Offers a systematic survey of the main literary genres and individual writers in their social milieu from the 18th century to the present. Conducted in French. Unscheduled.

Prerequisite(s): completion of at least one 3000-level French course or permission of the instructor.

FR 4200  Seminar in French  (3 Credits)  

Open to especially able and interested students with initiative for advanced study and seminar discussion. Promotes further studies to increase knowledge in the realms of culture, film, art, and literature. Seminar discussions along with technological presentations enhance and deepen student awareness and appreciation of the artistic, social, and academic francophone world. Conducted in French. Unscheduled.

FR 4800  French Capstone Seminar  (3 Credits)  

To be taken the final semester of the major program. Designed to be a culmination of the language and cultural program of study. Foregrounds practical application of language knowledge and skills. Culminates in a final public presentation. Options include: an individualized self-directed service learning project; an advanced research study; creation and implementation of a community linguistic/cultural event; other options based on student interests and in consultation with course faculty. Restricted to senior majors only. Falls and Springs.

Prerequisite(s): Praxis II French Exam to be completed upon Capstone Seminar registration; Oral Proficiency Exam in French; completion of a minimum of 30 French credits; instructor signature required.

FR 4815  The Diversity of Franco Communities in the United States  (3 Credits)  

An opportunity to learn about the history and culture of North American French communities from socio-linguistics, historical, and literary perspectives. Investigations of Franco-Americans, Acadians, and Cajuns with an emphasis on Franco communities of New England. Examination of European origins and later migrations, gender and class impact, social significance of language, individual and collective expression, and effects of assimilation. Taught in English. Unscheduled. (DICO)(INCO)

Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior status.

FR 4910  Independent Study  (1-3 Credits)  

May be pursued after at least 2 French courses at the 3000 level. Emphasis may be on either literature or language. Consent required of the instructor who will supervise the independent study and the Department Chair.