French

The French language is the vehicle for a rich culture and civilization. It is a humanistic, lively, modern language encountered not only in gastronomy, fashion, and travel, but also in industry (from aerospace to biotechnology to electronics), the sciences (from medicine and ecology to micro-biology), business, etc. As one of the official languages of both the United Nations and the European Union, it is a very useful tool in diplomacy and the political arena. French thinkers have traditionally been in the avant-garde of intellectual life, which makes a working knowledge of this language invaluable to scholars in all fields, just as it is indispensable for teachers, translators, writers, and diplomats.

We highly recommend that students take advantage of our semester program in France and/or the third-semester French summer course in France. Information is available at the International Center, Serra Hall, Room 201, or at at www.sandiego.edu/international/study-abroad/.

Preparation for the Major

A working knowledge of the fundamentals of French grammar and syntax, correct pronunciation, and ease in oral expression (12 units of lower-division or the equivalent).

The Major

The 25 upper-division units required for the major must include:

FREN 301Advanced Grammar and Composition (or equivalent)3
FREN 303Cultural Backgrounds of French Civilization (or equivalent)3
FREN 320Survey of French Literature I: Middle Ages to 18th Century3
or FREN 321 Survey of French Literature II: 19th to 21st Centuries
Three upper-division courses at any level9
Two courses at the 400 level6
FREN 495Senior Capstone Project 11
1

The capstone project is carried out in the student’s last year in the program, and it should be linked thematically to one of the last two upper-division courses taken for the major. The student must consult with the program director to determine her or his project and enroll in FREN 495.

A minimum of 15 upper-division units must  be taken on the USD campus. The experience of living and  studying in a Francophone country is highly recommended.

Recommended Program of Study for the French Major

FREN 101 through FREN 202 must be taken in order, one course per semester. Once the 300 level is reached, two courses or more can be taken at the same time, but prerequisites must be observed. When planning a major or minor, advisors will help map out the best course for each student according to previous background, future career goals, or personal interest.

The Minor

Two options are available. The recommended upper-division courses for both are FREN 301, FREN 302, FREN 303, and FREN 310.

- Option 1: 18 units: at least nine of the 18 units must be in upper-division courses.

- Option 2: 12 upper-division units. Prerequisites: Fourth-semester competency in French and approval by the department chair.

A minimum of six upper-division units must be taken on the USD campus. The experience of living and studying in a Francophone country is most highly recommended.

Courses

FREN 101 | FIRST SEMESTER FRENCH

Units: 3

Prerequisites: Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Introductory course to French life, language, and grammar, with stress upon pronunciation and oral comprehension.

FREN 102 | SECOND SEMESTER FRENCH

Units: 3

Prerequisites: FREN 101 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Essentials of French grammar together with writing, reading, pronunciation, and comprehension.

FREN 140 | TOPICS IN FRENCH LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Study at the lower-division level of a topic in French literature and culture. This course is taught in English and will not satisfy the Language Core requirement.

FREN 141 | TOPICS IN FRENCH/FRANCOPHONE LIT OR CULTURE-DOMESTIC FOCUS

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Study at the lower-division level of a topic in French and Francophone literature, film and/or culture with a Domestic Focus. This course is taught in English and will not satisfy the Language Core requirement.

FREN 142 | TOPICS IN FRENCH/FRANCOPHONE LIT, FILM OR CULT-GLOBAL FOCUS

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Study at the lower-division level of a topic in French and Francophone literature, film and/or culture with a Global Focus. This course is taught in English and will not satisfy the Language Core requirement.

FREN 194 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN FRENCH LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Study at the lower-division level of a topic in French literature and culture. This course is taught in English and will not satisfy the Language Core requirement.

FREN 201 | THIRD SEMESTER FRENCH

Units: 3

Prerequisites: FREN 102 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Completes the introduction of the basic structures of the language, with increased emphasis on grammatical exactness to further develop communicative proficiency. At this level students are encouraged to participate in community service-learning and/or cultural activities within the French-speaking community. This course is also offered in the summer in Paris. Prerequisites: FREN 102 or equivalent, or Placement Exam. Every semester. Course also is offered as an intensive summer course in France conducted by a USD faculty member. See course description above. Direct immersion in French life and culture; students are placed within French families. The university reserves the right to cancel this course if minimum enrollment is not met or for any other reason. Open to all students and prepares equally well for FREN 202. Prerequisites: FREN 102 or equivalent, or Placement Exam. Every summer.

FREN 202 | FOURTH SEMESTER FRENCH

Units: 3

Prerequisites: FREN 201 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Oral and written practice of idiomatic expression and syntax. Emphasis on accuracy and fluency reinforced through readings of short stories and essay writing, as well as conversations dealing with contemporary French and Francophone culture.

FREN 293 | LANGUAGE TUTORING OR FIELD EXPERIENCE IN FRENCH

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Supervised participation in the department’s Tutoring Program or placement in a community organization in which the student’s skills in French are developed.

FREN 294 | TOPICS IN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, OR CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: FREN 202

Study at the lower-division level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. If taught in English, this course will not fulfill the Core Curriculum language requirement. Consult with instructor or the department chair.

FREN 300 | ADVANCED CONVERSATION

Units: 3

Prerequisites: FREN 202

Oral practice through debates and discussions of current events or films. Role playing emphasizing cultural content, using experiential methods. Study of basic notions of phonetics when necessary to help with pronunciation, advanced idiomatic forms, specific vocabulary and diverse means or styles of expression in preparation for upper-division work.

FREN 301 | ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION

Units: 3

Prerequisites: FREN 202 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Advanced written practice and grammar review. Essay topics follow a simulation enriched by literary texts and multimedia activities. Required for all advanced courses beyond FREN 320.

FREN 301W | ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: FREN 202

Advanced written practice and grammar review. Essay topics follow a simulation enriched by literary texts and multimedia activities. Required for all advanced courses beyond FREN 310.

FREN 302 | INTRODUCTION TO THE ANALYSIS OF FRENCH LITERARY TEXTS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: FREN 202 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Introduction to the analysis of texts selected from representative masterpieces of French and Francophone literature in all genres. Emphasis will be on close reading of texts, with an overview of the historical evolution of literary styles and genres.

FREN 303 | CULTURAL BACKGROUNDS OF FRENCH CIVILIZATION

Units: 3

Prerequisites: FREN 202 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Survey of the historical, social, cultural, and artistic evolution of French from the Middle Ages to the present.

FREN 310 | FRENCH PHONETICS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: FREN 301

An intensive study of French phonemes, diction, and speech and their practical applications in contemporary France.

FREN 315 | L2 TEACHING METHODOGIES AND APPLIED LINGUISTICS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: FREN 301

An introduction to the history of second language teaching methods, applied linguistics, and the fundamentals of second language teaching. Initial training in the skills needed to be a second language teacher.

FREN 317 | BUSINESS FRENCH

Units: 3

FREN 320 | SURVEY OF FRENCH LITERATURE I: MIDDLE AGES TO 18TH CENTURY

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year or FREN 301

Introduction to the major works of French literature, in their socio-cultural context, from the birth of the language to the Age of Enlightenment.

FREN 321 | SURVEY OF FRENCH LITERATURE II: 19TH TO 21ST CENTURIES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: FREN 301 or FREN 302

Introduction to the major works of French and Francophone literature, in their socio-cultural context, from the end of the 18th century to the beginning of the 21st century.

FREN 322 | SURVEY OF FRANCOPHONE LITERATURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

This course introduces students to Francophone literature in the world with an emphasis placed on interconnections between textual analysis, aesthetics, culture and politics, focusing on selected literary texts (predominantly), films and art from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Maghreb, the Caribbean and its Diaspora.

FREN 347 | INVISIBLE IDENTITIES IN CINEMA IN FRENCH

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year or FREN 202

Representations of minorities and women continue to depend on stereotypes and discriminations in the French films industry. From a selection of films, video clips and documentaries in French we will question the meaning of invisibility as individual and social experience of discrimination of one or many labels of identity we carry. We will examine representations against the invisibility of intersectional identities that can be associated with gender, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexuality, and disability. Our focus will be on movies by French and Francophone directors that purposely challenge representations of discriminations and inequality in society.

FREN 394 | TOPICS IN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, OR CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: FREN 202 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Study at the third-year level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. If taught in English, this course will not fulfill the Core Curriculum language requirement. Consult with instructor or the department chair.

FREN 403 | CONTEMPORARY FRENCH CIVILIZATION

Units: 3

Prerequisites: FREN 301 and (FREN 320 or FREN 321)

An in-depth study of major facets of the modern way of life in France and Francophone countries, with special emphasis on the political, social, and artistic areas.

FREN 409 | CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN FRANCOPHONE THEATRE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: FREN 301 and FREN 302 and (FREN 320 or FREN 321)

Study of selected masterpieces of dramatic literature from French-speaking countries in Africa and its diaspora in France. Students will explore expressions and mutations of Francophone African theater from 1960 (when most African countries gained their independence from European colonial rule) to today.

FREN 410 | FRENCH THEATER

Units: 3

Prerequisites: FREN 301 and FREN 302 and (FREN 320 or FREN 321)

Study of selected masterpieces of dramatic literature that reflect France’s people and culture, and the evolution of the genre through the ages.

FREN 411 | FRENCH PROSE

Units: 3

Prerequisites: FREN 301 and FREN 302 and (FREN 320 or FREN 321)

Study of a variety of French non-fiction and fiction (other than the novel) such as essais, pensées, discours, contes, fabliaux, nouvelles, sermons, etc. This course will examine the richness of French thought and storytelling through the ages.

FREN 412 | FRENCH NOVEL

Units: 3

Prerequisites: FREN 301 and FREN 302 and (FREN 320 or FREN 321)

Study of selected novels reflecting the evolution of the novelistic genre through the ages. The course may include major works by such authors as l’Abbé Prévost, Balzac, Stendhal, Flaubert, Zola, Gide, Camus, Colette, Queneau, de Beauvoir, Tournier, Duras, Ernaux, and others.

FREN 413 | FRENCH POETRY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: FREN 301 and FREN 302 and (FREN 320 or FREN 321)

Study of French poetry and poetic forms from the Middle Ages to the present.

FREN 414 | FRENCH WOMEN WRITERS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: FREN 301 and FREN 302 and (FREN 320 or FREN 321 or FREN 322)

Study of representative works of French women writers from Marie de France to contemporary authors in their historical and social milieu.

FREN 493 | TUTORING OR FIELD EXPERIENCE IN FRENCH

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Supervised participation in the department’s Tutoring Program or placement in a community agency in which the student’s skills in French are developed.

FREN 494 | TOPICS IN FRENCH LITERATURE, LANGUAGE OR CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: FREN 301 and FREN 302 and (FREN 320 or FREN 321)

Study at an advanced level of French literature, language, or culture. Topics may include specific authors, periods, or linguistic studies such as: Business French, Francophone literature, French stylists, Voltaire, Hugo, etc. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal.

FREN 495 | SENIOR CAPSTONE PROJECT

Units: 1-3

This is a culminating experience in which students reflect upon and integrate aspects of their entire undergraduate study. Through a writing project, an oral presentation, and an exit interview, students demonstrate their achievement of the program learning outcomes. The capstone is taken concurrently with one of the last two upper-division courses for the major, to which it is thematically linked. Consult with program director.

FREN 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

A program arranged between the advanced student and the instructor to provide intensive study in a particular area of interest. Extensive reading and consultation are required, as well as preparation of reports to be assigned by the instructor.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Michèle Magnin, PhD

Faculty

Sylvie Ngilla, PhD

Richard Stroik, PhD