Courses

Listed below are the course descriptions of the classes offered by the French Department in compliance with the 2011-12 CMU Bulletin.  Click here to view the CMU bulletins.

FRN 101     Elementary French I  4(4-0)
Designed for students who have had no French. Basic language skills. Introduction to the culture of the French-speaking countries. Students who have had previous preparation in French are required to take a placement exam. Students who have had more than two years of high school French may not enroll without permission of instructor. (University Program Group IV-B)

FRN 102     Elementary French II  4(4-0)
Basic language skills. Continuation of FRN 101. Recommended: FRN 101. (University Program Group IV-B)

FRN 110     Study Abroad  1-8(Spec)
Intended for beginning students studying abroad. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

FRN 201     Intermediate French I  4(4-0)
Review of grammar and further development of all language skills. Recommended: FRN 102. (University Program Group IV-B)

FRN 202     Intermediate French II  4(4-0)
Continuation of FRN 201 with increased emphasis on reading and discussion. Recommended: FRN 201. (University Program Group IV-B)

FRN 210     Study Abroad  1-18(Spec)
Intended for intermediate students studying abroad. Prerequisites: FRN 102.

FRN 310     Study Abroad  1-18(Spec)
Intended for advanced students studying abroad. Prerequisites: FRN 202; permission of instructor.

FRN 315     Advanced French I  3(3-0)
Review and refinement of French grammar. Special emphasis on understanding contemporary spoken and written French. Not open to students with credit in FRN 311. Recommended: FRN 202.

FRN 316     Advanced French II  3(3-0)
Review and refinement of French grammar. Special emphasis on reading and writing about literary works in French. Not open to students with credit in FRN 332. Recommended: FRN 202.

FRN 320     French Civilization  3(3-0)
A study of various aspects of French culture from its beginnings through the nineteenth century. Recommended: FRN 202.

FRN 321     France Today  3(3-0)
Various aspects of the political, social, economic, intellectual, artistic, and literary life of contemporary France. Recommended: FRN 202.

FRN 330     Survey of French Literature (Beginning to 1800)  3(3-0)
Develops acquaintance with the literature of France from the Middle Ages to 1800 through selections from representative authors. Recommended: FRN 202.

FRN 331     Survey of French Literature (1800 to Present)  3(3-0)
General acquaintance with the literature of France from 1800 to the present. Selections from representative authors. Recommended: FRN 202.

FRN 333     Survey of Francophone Literature  3(3-0)
Prose and poetry selections by Francophone writers, especially African and Caribbean. Recommended: FRN 202.

FRN 335     French for Business  3(3-0)
Designed for students interested in acquiring vocabulary related to business and in developing fluency in writing and reading business letters and reports. Recommended: FRN 202.

FRN 350    French and Francophone Film 3(3-0)
A study of French-language film within the context of French and francophone cultures.  Recommended: FRN 202.

FRN 370     French Pronunciation and Diction  3(3-0)
Study of phonetics and practice of intonation and pronunciation patterns. Recommended: FRN 202.

FRN 391   Topics in French and Francophone Cultures 1-12(Spec)
Topics of interest in French and francophone literature and civilization.  Students may repeat the course as long as the topic differs.

FRN 403     French Literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance  3(3-0)
Literary works chosen for detailed study are discussed in class. Recommended: two 300-level French courses.

FRN 404     French Literature of the Seventeenth Century  3(3-0)
Study and discussion of literary works of significant writers of the period. Recommended: two 300-level French courses.

FRN 406     French Literature of the Eighteenth Century  3(3-0)
Selected literary works are discussed in class. Recommended: two 300-level French courses.

FRN 407     French Literature of the Nineteenth Century  3(3-0)
Discussion and analysis of novels, plays, poetry, and short stories of major authors representing the principal movements. Recommended: two 300-level French courses.

FRN 409     French Literature of the Twentieth Century  3(3-0)
Representative novels, plays, and poetry selected from the works of prominent writers. Recommended: two 300-level French courses.

FRN 410     Study Abroad  1-12(Spec)
Intended for advanced students studying abroad. Prerequisites: 6 hours at the 300 level; permission of instructor.

FRN 411     Practicum in Teaching French  3(2-1 )
Techniques for teaching and testing foreign language skills, planning lessons and units, and selecting texts, cultural materials, and teaching aids. Practical experience through mini- teaching situations. Prerequisites: two 300-level courses; passing the competency test; departmental permission.

FRN 412     Practicum: Secondary Field Experience  1(Spec)
Midtier experience in secondary teaching situations. CR/NC only. Corequisite: FRN 411.

FRN 417     Advanced Conversation and Composition 3(3-0)
Intended for students who want to develop greater accuracy and fluency in spoken and written French.  Recommended:  FRN 315, FRN 316.

FRN 420     Literature and Culture of Quebec  3(3-0)
A study of various aspects of Quebec society and a few of Quebec's major writers. Recommended: two 300-level French courses.

FRN 421     Foreign Language in Elementary Schools  1(1-0)
Techniques for teaching and testing foreign language skills, planning lessons and units, and selecting texts, cultural materials and teaching aids. Practical experience through mini-teaching situations. Corequisite: FRN 411.

FRN 422     Practicum: Elementary Field Experience  1(Spec)
Midtier experience in elementary teaching situations. CR/NC only. Corequisite: To be taken concurrently with FRN 421.

FRN 510     Study Abroad  1-12(Spec)
Intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students studying abroad. Prerequisites: 6 hours at the 400 level; permission of instructor.

FRN 531     Practicum in French Stylistics  3(3-0)
Study and analysis of composition and style. Recommended: FRN 315, FRN 316; 6 additional FRN credit hours in courses 300 or above.

FRN 591     Studies in French Culture  1-6(Spec)
Topics of immediate interest in French literature and civilization. Credit hours vary, depending on the subject chosen. Recommended: FRN 202.

FRN 597     Independent Study  1-6(Spec)
The in-depth study of a topic under the direction of a faculty member who together with a student designs the format of the study. Prerequisites: at least 6 FRN credit hours at the 300 level or above; permission of the instructor and department chairperson.

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