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Department of

Languages and Literatures

French Courses

Please read the placement policy of this department before enrolling in your first Spanish class at USD or elsewhere.

Lower Division Courses
101 First Semester French 201 Third Semester French
102 Second Semester French 201 Third Semester French in France
194 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture 202 Fourth Semester French
  293 Tutoring and Field Experience in French
  294 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture
Upper Division Courses
300 Advanced Conversation 403 Contemporary French Civilization
301 Advanced Grammar and Composition 409 African Francophone Theater
302 Introduction to the Analysis of French Literary Texts 410 French Theater
303 Cultural Backgrounds of French Civilization 411 French Prose
310 French Phonetics 412 French Novel
315 L2 Teaching Methodologies and Applied Linguistics 413 French Poetry
320 Survey of French Literature I: Middle Ages to 18th Century 414 French Women Writers
321 Survey of French Literature II: 19th and 21st Centuries 493 Tutoring and Field Experience in French
394 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture 494 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture
  495 Senior Capstone Project
  499 Independent Study
   

Lower-Division Courses (FREN)

A passing grade in French 201 satisfies the core curriculum requirement.

101 First Semester French (3)

Introductory course to French life, language, and grammar, with stress upon pronunciation and oral comprehension. Prerequisite: Placement exam or waiver of placement. Every semester.

102 Second Semester French (3)

Essentials of French grammar together with writing, reading, pronunciation, and comprehension. Prerequisite: FREN 101 or equivalent, or placement exam. Every semester.

194 TOPICS IN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, OR CULTURE (3)

Study at the lower-division level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. Prerequisites: None.

201 Third Semester French (3)

The final course of the core language sequence 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 Framce (see 201 below). Prerequisite: FREN 102 or equivalent, or placement exam. Every semester.

201 Third Semester French in France (3)

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 202. Prerequisite: FREN 102 or equivalent, or placement exam. Every summer.

202 Fourth Semester French (3)

Oral and written practice of French 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 culture. Prerequisite: FREN 201 or equivalent, or placement exam. Every semester.

293 Tutoring or Field Experience in French (1-3)

Supervised participation in the department’s Tutoring Program or placement in a community organization in which the student’s skills in the target language are developed. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor or the language coordinator.

294 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture (3)

Study at the lower-division level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. If taught in English, this course may not fulfill the Core Curriculum language requirement. Consult with the instructor or the department chair. Prerequisite:  FREN 202 or approval of the instructor.

Upper-Division Courses (FREN)

Upon completion of French 202, proceed to 300, 301, 302, or 303.

300 Advanced Conversation (3)

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. Prerequisite: FREN 202.

301 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3)

Advanced written practice and grammar review. Essay topics follow a simulation enriched by literary texts and multimedia activities. Required for all advanced courses beyond 320. Recommended preparation if taking the semester abroad program in Avignon. Prerequisite: FREN 202.

302 Introduction to the Analysis of French Literary Texts (3)

Introduction to the analysis of texts selected from representative masterpieces of French literature in all genres. Emphasis will be on close reading of texts, with an overview of the historical evolution of literary styles and genres. Prerequisite: FREN 202.

303 Cultural Backgrounds of French Civilization (3)

Survey of the historical, social, cultural, and artistic evolution of French from the Middle Ages to the present. Prerequisite: FREN 202.

310 French Phonetics (3)

An intensive study of French phonemes, diction, and speech and their practical applications in contemporary France. Prerequisite: FREN 301 or higher.

315 L2 TEACHING METHODOLOGIES AND APPLIED LINGUISTICS (3)

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. Prerequisites: FREN 301 or approval of the instructor.

320 Survey of French Literature I: Middle Ages to the 18th Century (3)

Introduction to the major works of French literature, in their socio-cultural context, from the birth of the language to the Age of Enlightenment. Prerequisite: FREN 301 or higher.

321 Survey of French Literature II: 19th and 21ST Centuries (3)

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. Prerequisite: FREN 301 or higher.

394 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture (3)

Study at the third-year level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. If taught in English, this course may not fulfill the Core Curriculum language requirement. Consult with the instructor of the department chair. Prerequisite:  FREN 202 or approval of the instructor.

403 Contemporary French Civilization (3)

An in-depth study of major facets of the modern way of life in France, with special emphasis on the political, social, and artistic areas. Prerequisite: FREN 301 and 320 or 321, or approval of the instructor.

409 african francophone Theater (3)

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. Prerequisites: FREN 301, 302, and 320 or 321.

410 French Theater (3)

Study of selected masterpieces of dramatic literature that reflect France’s people and culture, and the evolution of the genre through the ages. Prerequisites: FREN 301, 302, and 320 or 321.

411 French Prose (3)

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. Prerequisites: FREN 301, 302, and 320 or 321.

412 French Novel (3)

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. Prerequisites: FREN 301, 302, and 320 or 321.

413 French Poetry (3)

Study of French poetry and poetic forms from the Middle Ages to the present. Prerequisites: FREN 301, 302, and 320 or 321.

414 French Women Writers (3)

Study of representative works of French women writers from Marie de France to contemporary authors in their historical and social milieu. Prerequisites: FREN 301, 302, and 320 or 321. Cross-listed as a gender studies course.

493 TUTORING AND Field Experience in French (1-3)

Supervised participation in the department’s Tutoring Program or placement in a community agency in which the student’s skills in the target language are developed. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor or the language coordinator.

494 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture (3)

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. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. Prerequisites: FREN 301, 302, and 320 or 321.

495 senior capstone project (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. Capstone projects are approved by the program director.

499 Independent Study (1-3)

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. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor and department chair.