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During a weekly conversation session, Pam talks with Jordan, a native speaker from Lyon, France. Second year students are assigned a French conversation partner as part of their coursework.

At Valpo, your French classes will introduce you to the language, literature, and culture of the French-speaking world.

In Valpo language classes, you will master French by doing role-plays, engaging in debates, producing videos, and writing business letters, among many other hands-on activities. In literature and civilization classes, you will examine the key events, people, places, and texts that have shaped France and the Francophone world. Along the way, you may also study the history of French cinema, experience Digital Humanities through a Renaissance cookbook project, act in a French play, or learn how to cook French food.

French course rotation 2018-2019 through 2021-2022.
• Explore all the details using Le Guide Valpo— a practical overview for current students of French.

 

French Classes

  • Beginning French I
  • Beginning French II
  • French and Francophone Literary Studies
  • Intermediate French I
  • Intermediate French II
  • Approaches to French Studies
  • Contemporary France
  • French Phonetics
  • French Film Studies
  • French Conversation
  • French Play Production
  • Topics in French
  • Topics in French and Francophone Cultures
  • Advanced Oral Expression
  • Advanced Written Expression
  • Contemporary French Language & Communication
  • Professional French
  • From Feudalism to Humanism
  • From Absolutism to Revolution
  • From Romanticism to the Fifth Republic
  • Seminar in French
  • Senior Seminar

FREN 101 / Beginning French I
An introduction to French language and culture with emphasis on spoken and written communication skills. (4 credits)
FREN 102 / Beginning French II
A continuation of FREN 101. Prerequisite: FREN 101 or equivalent. (4 credits)
FREN 200 / French and Francophone Literary Studies
Study of selected works of French or Francophone literature in English translation. Readings represent significant genres and literary periods presented in biographical, historical, and cultural context. The course provides instruction and practice in the writing of careful critical analysis of the readings. May not be counted toward a major or minor in French. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Literature component of the General Education Requirement. (3 credits)
FREN 203 / Intermediate French I
A consolidation of French language skills with emphasis on interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication. Students increase control of grammatical structures, broaden vocabulary, and become more familiar with French and Francophone cultures. Prerequisite: FREN 102 or equivalent.(4 credits)
FREN 204 / Intermediate French II
A review and expansion of French language skills with emphasis on interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication. Students refine grammatical accuracy, write on varied topics, participate in extensive oral practice, and read literature and other authentic texts while building on their understanding of French and Francophone cultures. Prerequisite: FREN 203 or equivalent. May be repeated for credit at the Paris Centers or similarly accredited programs.(4 credits)
FREN 220 / Approaches to French Studies 
An introduction to the strategies of reading, interpreting, and writing about French texts. Reading and discussion of works from a variety of genres with particular attention to textual analysis. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Literature component of the General Education requirements. Some sections of this course may be used to fulfill the Writing Intensive General Education Requirement. Prerequisite: FREN 204. (3 credits)
FREN 230 / Contemporary France
An introduction to contemporary French culture and society, focusing on current institutions, issues, and events. Prerequisite: FREN 204. (3 credits)
FREN 240 / French Phonetics 
A study of the principles of French phonetics with special emphasis on the difficulties encountered by American students. Much practical training in the laboratory. Prerequisite: FREN 204. (3 credits)
FREN 260 / French Film Studies
This course examines film as an artistic medium in the context of French cinema from its origins to the present. Taught in English, the course focuses on cultural and historical context, cinematic technique, and instruction in the practice of writing critical analyses of film. May not be counted toward a major or minor in French. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements. (3 credits)
FREN 270 / French Conversation
A course that develops spoken communication skills in French. May be repeated for elective credit, but counted toward a major or minor in French only once. Prerequisite: FREN 204. (1 credit)
FREN 271 / French Play Production
Rehearsal and performance of a play or excerpts of a play in French. No prior acting experience required. Prerequisite: FREN 203. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements. (1 – 3 credits)
FREN 290 / Topics in French
A study of selected themes or issues in French or Francophone literature, language, or civilization. May be repeated for credit if the topic varies. Prerequisite: FREN 204. (3 credits)
FREN 300 / Topics in French and Francophone Cultures
A study of critical cultural contributions of France and the Francophone world. All work done in English. May be repeated for credit if the topic varies. May not be counted toward a major or minor in French. May be used to fulfill the Cultural Diversity course component of the General Education Requirements. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. (3 credits)
FREN 301 / Advanced Oral Expression 
Development of advanced speaking and oral comprehension skills through intensive oral practice. Through discussion, role-play, debate, and other activities, students improve fluency, increase vocabulary, refine grammatical accuracy, and learn to use appropriate linguistic register. Prerequisite: FREN 204. (3 credits)
FREN 302 / Advanced Written Expression
Development of advanced writing skills in French. Using a variety of source materials including film, fiction, and non-fiction writing, students develop vocabulary, improve grammatical accuracy, and refine their ability to write in a variety of styles and genres for various occasions. Prerequisite: FREN 204. (3 credits)
FREN 306 / Contemporary French Language and Communication 
This course develops advanced language skills and cultural knowledge through work with contemporary French language media, including newspapers, magazines, television, cinema, and the internet. Prerequisite: FREN 204. (3 credits)
FREN 307 / Professional French 
A study of the French language as it is used in the international business world, including general commercial technology, correspondence, and the basic workings of French business. Prerequisite: FREN 204. (3 credits)
FREN 351 / French Texts and Society: From Feudalism to Humanism
An interdisciplinary survey of French literature and cultural history from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance.  Culturally significant texts (literary, historical, philosophical, and artistic) are examined within the context of medieval and early modern French society.  Prerequisite:  FREN 220. (3 credits)
FREN 352 / French Texts and Society: From Absolutism to Revolution
An interdisciplinary survey of French literature and cultural history from the Classical Age through the end of the Ancien régime.  Culturally significant texts (literary, historical, philosophical, and artistic) are examined within the context of classicism and enlightenment in pre-revolutionary French society.  Prerequisite:  FREN 220. (3 credits)
FREN 353 / French Texts and Society: From Romanticism to the Fifth Republic
An interdisciplinary survey of French literature and cultural history from the Napoleonic era to present-day France.  Culturally significant texts (literary, historical, philosophical, and artistic) are examined within the context of modern French society.  Prerequisite:  FREN 220. (3 credits)
FREN 390 / Seminar in French
A study of selected themes or issues in French or Francophone literature, language, or civilization. May be repeated for credit if the topic varies. Prerequisite: FREN 220 or consent of the instructor. (3 credits)
FREN 493 / Senior Seminar 
A senior-level capstone course which integrates knowledge and skills from previous French courses. Language skills (speaking, listening, writing, reading) are refined as depth and nuance are added to the understanding of French history, literature, culture and contemporary events. Prerequisites: senior standing and consent of the Chair of the Department. (3 credits)

Required Courses for the French Major

More details on the French major in the Guide Valpo

FREN 204 Intermediate French II 4 credits
FREN 220 Approaches to French Studies 3 credits
FREN 351 French Texts and Society: From Feudalism to Humanism 3 credits
FREN 352 French Texts and Society: From Absolutism to Revolution 3 credits
FREN 353 French Texts and Society: From Romanticism to the Fifth Republic 3 credits
FREN 493 Senior French Seminar 3 credits
Eight additional credits in French beyond FREN 203 8 credits
TOTAL (Minimum) 27 credits
  • B.A. students in French at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the B.A in addition to the requirements for the major. This University-wide core strengthens communication and critical-thinking skills while introducing the student to global cultures and traditions.
  • Students who plan to teach French in elementary, middle, or secondary schools with a major or minor in French should consult their departmental advisor and Valpo’s education department for specific requirements.
  • Students who place directly into a course higher than level 204 need not complete level 204 but must complete all other requirements for the major, including the required total of 27 credit hours.

Required Courses for the French Minor

FREN 204 Intermediate French II 4 credits
FREN 220 Approaches to French Studies 3 credits
Nine additional credits in French beyond FREN 203. At least one course (three credits) must be 300-level or higher. 9 credits
TOTAL (Minimum) 16 credits
  • Students who place directly into a course higher than level 204 need not complete level 204 but must complete all other requirements for the minor, including the required total of 14 credit hours.

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