French and Francophone Studies


FREN101Beginning French I Introduction to the French language and the French-speaking world. Students begin developing competency in the four basic skills(reading, writing, listening, and speaking) through communicative activities and cultural exploration.Prerequisite: Placement test if student has any prior experience with French.
FREN102Beginning French II Further development of the four skills through continued exploration of the French-speaking world. Students will work to acquire the linguistic skills and cultural knowledge needed to navigate a variety of cultural settings.Prerequisite: FREN-101 or Placement Test
FREN201Intermediate French The refining and expansion of communicative skills. Students develop critical thinking and cross-cultural competency by reading, discussing, and writing about authentic texts.Prerequisite: FREN-102 or Placement Test
FREN202Conversation and Composition Critical explorations of the French-speaking world through focused reading, discussion, and related written and speaking assignments.Prerequisite: FREN-201 or Placement Test
FREN203Engaging With Texts Students enrich their vocabulary and increase their sensitivity to nuance while examining a wide variety of texts (fiction, non-fiction, image, film, songs, etc.). New reading skills will result in the ability to produce texts (both oral and written) in a wide variety of styles. Students begin to acquire a more sophisticated knowledge of the intricacies of the French-speaking world while putting into practice more complex forms of written and oral expression.Prerequisite: FREN-202 or Placement Test
FREN301Introduction to French and Francophone Studies An interactive, discussion-based course helping student acquire skill in the reading and interpretation of French and other Francophone texts, presented in their cultural and historical contexts. Course offers opportunities for refinement of written and presentational skills.Prerequisite: FREN-203 or Placement Test
FREN401Topics in French and Francophone Cultures Reading, research, and discussion on selected topics and issues in the French-speaking world. Please consult with the instructor about the current topic. Past topics have included "Immigration in Contemporary France" and "Le handicap: a multi-disciplinary approach." May be repeated for credit if content is different.Prerequisite: FREN-301
FREN420Medieval and Renaissance French Literature and Culture A study of texts and other cultural artifacts (such as art and music) from the cultures of the High Middle Ages through the French Renaissance. Genres include courtly/Arthurian romance and poetry, comic theater, essays, comic and serious prose fiction, and Renaissance lyric poetry. Students will examine the transition from a church-centered culture to a human-centered (humanist) society and the changes in subject matter and writing practices brought about by this transition.Prerequisite: FREN-301 or FREN-301S
FREN435/FREN 490Advanced Literary and Cultural Studies Courses focused on major authors, cultural and philosophical movements, or themes in the French-speaking world. Topics will vary according to student or faculty interest. May be repeated for credit if content is different.Prerequisite: FREN-301 or FREN-301S
FREN490/FREN 435Senior Seminar Topics in French and/or Francophone literatures, culture, and history. Recent topics have included Vietnamese History and Culture; Francophone African Literature; Intercultural Encounters; and Camus, the Algerian. Prerequisite: FREN-301; Senior French major or permission.
FREN495French Film in Context In this course, we will view and discuss a variety of French-language films from the 1980's to the present representing a cross-section of genres, themes, and directors. We will use these films as a vehicle for understanding a sampling of historical and cultural contexts in the French-speaking world.Prerequisite: FREN-301
FREN593Senior Individualized Project Each program or department sets its own requirements for Senior Individualized Projects done in that department, including the range of acceptable projects, the required background of students doing projects, the format of the SIP, and the expected scope and depth of projects. See the Kalamazoo Curriculum -> Curriculum Details and Policies section of the Academic Catalog for more details.Prerequisite: Permission of department and SIP supervisor required.