French Program

French Department Courses

Elementary French courses

The basic sequence courses are prerequisite for all other courses in French. However, if a student has taken two or more years of French in high school, he or she may be eligible to skip some or all of the first-year sequence. Placement into higher level courses is based on an evaluation of the incoming student’s high school record, entrance exam scores, and results of the Hendrix placement test.

FREN 110 First-Year French, Part I

This course is designed for students with no prior experience in the French language. It is a course in the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French, with emphasis on oral expression and an introduction to French culture.

FREN 120 First-Year French, Part II (FL)

This course continues the development of basic skills, cultural awareness, and oral proficiency at the first-year level.

Intermediate French courses

FREN 210 Intermediate French Composition and Conversation I

This course continues the work of the first-year sequence in French, with a focus on grammar, reading, and writing skills. Prerequisite: FREN 120 or consent of the instructor.

FREN 215 Intermediate French Composition and Conversation II (FL)

This class completes the in-depth study of French grammar, reading, and writing begun in FREN 210 Intermediate French Composition and Conversation I and covers all verb tenses. Prerequisite: FREN 210 or consent of the instructor; can be taken at the same time as 300- or 400-level courses.

FREN 230 Introduction to French Literature (LS)

This course is designed to introduce students to representative authors, periods, and genres in French literature and to acquaint them with methods of reading and criticism in preparation for more advanced literary study. Prerequisite: FREN 210 or consent of the instructor.

Advanced French courses

The prerequisite to all advanced French courses is French 210.

FREN 310 Advanced Composition and Conversation (W2)

This course is a study of advanced grammar and syntax to help students arrive at more effective written and oral expression. Regular compositions on assigned topics and scheduled oral presentations are included.

FREN 320 Practical Phonetics

This course is a systematic review of French pronunciation involving the study of phonetics through oral exercises, texts in poetry and prose, and the study of phonetic theory. It is recommended for majors in French, especially for those preparing to teach.

FREN 340 Survey of French Literature and Civilization I (to 1789) (LS)

An overview of the most important literary figures, political movements, and artistic genres in France from Roman times until the French Revolution in 1789. The broader cultural context of each period—its social history, philosophy, art, and architecture—is stressed. Prerequisite: FREN 215 or consent of instructor.

FREN 350 Survey of French Literature and Civilization II (since 1789) (LS)

An overview of the most important literary figures, political movements, and artistic genres in France since the French Revolution in 1789. The broader cultural context of each period—its social history, philosophy, art, and architecture—is stressed. Prerequisite: FREN 215 or consent of instructor.

FREN 360 Francophone Fiction (LS)

This course focuses on major works written in French by writers from North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Canada, and the Caribbean. Co- or Prerequisite: FREN 215 or consent of instructor.

FREN 401 Small Worlds: French Literary Minimalism (LS)

This class examines the minimalist trend in French writing, from early 1980s to the present. Co- or prerequisite: FREN 215 or consent of instructor.

FREN 460 Topics in French Literature (LS)

This course explores an author, movement, or genre in depth. Possible topics include the following: French Literature and Film, Women Writers of French, or The French Short Story. May be cross-listed as LITR 260.