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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Approved Courses

The following list includes undergraduate courses that have been approved as of  June 2010.  Courses added after that date do not appear in this list.  Courses eliminated after that date may still appear.  Not every course is offered regularly.  Students should consult the Schedule of Classes at www.testudo.umd.edu  to ascertain which courses are actually offered during a given semester.

COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM

Number   Eligibility
000-099   Non-credit course
100-199   Primarily freshman course
200-299   Primarily sophomore course
300-399   Junior, senior course not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees
386-387   Campus-wide internship courses; refer to information describing Experiential Learning
400-499   Junior, senior course acceptable for credit toward some graduate degree
500-599   Professional School course (Dentistry, Architecture, Law, Medicine) or post-baccalaureate course
600-899   Course restricted to graduate students
799   Master Thesis credit
899   Doctoral Dissertation credit

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Courses in "FREN-French"

FREN - French

FREN 101 Elementary French I (4) Restriction: Must not have 2 or more years of high school level French; and must not be a native/fluent speaker of French. Introduction to basic structures and pronunciation with emphasis on the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

FREN 102 Elementary French II (4) Prerequisite: FREN101; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Further work on basic structures and pronunciation with emphasis on the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

FREN 103 Intensive Elementary French (4) Prerequisite: Must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score. Restriction: Must not have completed FREN102; and must not be a native/fluent speaker of French. Credit only granted for: FREN102 or FREN103. Covers speaking, reading, writing, listening, and culture of French-speaking world.

FREN 169 Special Topics in Study Abroad I (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

FREN 201 Intermediate French (4) Prerequisite: FREN102. Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of French; and must not have completed four years (Level 4) of high school French. Credit only granted for: FREN201 or FREN203. Completion of work on basic structures and pronunciation with emphasis on the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Fulfills the Arts and Humanities Language Requirement.

FREN 203 Intensive Intermediate French (4) Prerequisite: FREN103; or must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score. Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of French. Credit only granted for: FREN201 or FREN203. Covers speaking, reading, writing, listening, and culture of French-speaking world.

FREN 204 French Grammar and Composition (3) Prerequisite: FREN201 or FREN203; or must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score. Restriction: Not open to native/fluent speakers of French. Intensive study of French grammar and composition.

FREN 211 French Reading and Conversation (3) Prerequisite: FREN201 or FREN203. Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of French. Practice in spoken French at intermediate level based on readings in a variety of genres. Written homework and exams.

FREN 240 Masterworks of French Literature in Translation (3) Major works of French literature from pre-revolutionary France to the present. Emphasis on the individual in a social context. Taught in English.

FREN 241 Women Writers of French Expression in Translation (3) Also offered as: WMST241. Credit only granted for: FREN241 or WMST241. Works and ideas of 20th century women writers of French in Canada, Africa, the Caribbean and France. Taught in English.

FREN 242 Francophone Writers of Africa and the African Diaspora (3) An analysis of the works and ideas of 20th and 21st century Francophone writers (Africa, the Caribbeans, France). Taught in English.

FREN 243 Masterpieces in French and Francophone Cinemas (3) This course, taught in English, will present a large array of films directed by famous French directors (Jean Renoir, Robert Bresson, Jean-Luc Godard, Agnes Varda, etc..) and Francophone filmmakers (Arcand, Sembene) who were internationally known in their time and have had a considerable influence on today's filmmakers in the U.S. (Tarantino, Lynch, Lee, etc..) and abroad (Sissoko, Angelopoulos, VonTrier, ect..).

FREN 250 Introduction to Cultural and Textual Analysis (3) Prerequisite: FREN204; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of French. Credit only granted for: FREN250 or FREN250H. Introduction to cultural and textual analysis of selected readings from various genres in French literature. Taught in French.

FREN 269 Special Topics in Study Abroad II (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

FREN 298 Aspects of French Civilization (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Additional information: Credit may not be applied to French major. Topic to be determined each semester. Historical or thematic approaches to French art, literature, and culture. Taught in English.

FREN 301 Composition and Style (3) Prerequisite: FREN250; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of French. Grammatical analysis, elements of style; range of written genres.

FREN 302 Translation: French to English (3) Prerequisite: FREN301; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Practicum in translation primarily from French to English; contrastive analysis.

FREN 303 Translation: English to French (3) Prerequisite: FREN301; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Practicum in translation primarily from English to French; contrastive analysis.

FREN 306 Commercial French I (3) Prerequisite: FREN301; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Introduction to commercial French including correspondence and business terminology. Emphasis on cross-cultural concepts needed for successful interaction within business settings. Taught in French.

FREN 311 Advanced Oral Expression (3) Prerequisite: FREN250; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of French. Linguistic and thematic analysis of written, audio, and visual texts. Focus on aural and oral skills. Some written assignments and evaluation.

FREN 312 France Today (3) Prerequisite: FREN301; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of French. Analysis and discussion of current events and institutions using various French media resources.

FREN 351 From Romanticism to the Age of Modernism and Beyond (3) Prerequisite: FREN301; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. A survey of the chief authors and major movements of French literature from Pre-Romanticism to the present.

FREN 352 From the Age of Epic and Romance to the Enlightenment (3) Prerequisite: FREN301; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. A survey of the chief authors and major movements of French literature from the Middle Ages to the end of the 18th century.

FREN 369 Special Topics in Study Abroad III (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

FREN 386 Experiential Learning (3-6) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Restriction: Junior standing or higher.

FREN 388 Language House Colloquium (1) Restriction: Must be a resident of Language House. Repeatable to 4 credits. The Language House Colloquium is a one-credit course for students residing in the Language House Immersion Program. The course focuses on the further development of skills in the target language and the acquiring of cultural knowledge of the countries that speak the target language. The course is designed to supplement the learning that takes place on a daily basis in the Language House program.

FREN 399 Directed Study in French (1-3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Repeatable to 3 credits. Advanced undergraduates develop syllabus, reading list, and course requirements with interested faculty member. Designed for in-depth study of material not offered in regular courses or as expansion of course material. To be planned during semester preceding registration.

FREN 400 Applied Linguistics (3) The nature of applied linguistics and its contribution to the effective teaching of foreign languages. Comparative study of English and French, with emphasis upon points of divergence.

FREN 401 Writing with Style (3) Prerequisite: FREN301; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Advanced composition and stylistic analysis.

FREN 404 Issues in the French-Speaking World Today (3) Prerequisite: FREN312 or FREN311; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. A sociocultural and historical approach to relevant issues affecting contemporary French civilization. Press articles and television programs will be the basis for classroom cultural analysis and oral communication.

FREN 406 Commercial French II (3) Prerequisite: FREN306; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Advanced study of commercial French language--terminology and style--leading to preparation for the Paris Chamber of Commerce Examination.

FREN 407 History of the French Language (3) Prerequisite: FREN351 or FREN352; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Evolution of the French language from Latin to modern French. Taught in French.

FREN 421 Francophone African Film (3) Also offered as: FILM421. Credit only granted for: FREN421 or FILM421. Imaginary and Memory in the reality of Francophone African Film from 1960-present. Taught in English.

FREN 423 Women and French Cinema (3) Also offered as: FILM423. Credit only granted for: FREN423 or FILM423. Cultural identity, social boundaries and gender roles in French film as well as introduction to film textual analysis and diverse film theories (semiotics, film and psychoanalysis, feminist film theory, structuralism, narratology, spectatorship and cultural studies). Taught in French.

FREN 429 Studies in French Literature and Culture of the Renaissance (3) Prerequisite: FREN351 or FREN352; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Selected topics in French literature of the Renaissance.

FREN 439 Studies in 17th Century French Literature and Culture (3) Prerequisite: FREN351 or FREN352; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Selected topics in seventeenth-century French literature.

FREN 449 Studies in 18th Century French Literature and Culture (3) Prerequisite: FREN351 or FREN352; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Selected topics in eighteenth-century French literature.

FREN 459 Studies in 19th Century French Literature and Culture (3) Prerequisite: FREN351 or FREN352; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Selected topics in nineteenth-century French literature.

FREN 469 Studies in 20th Century French Literature and Culture (3) Prerequisite: FREN351 or FREN352; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Selected topics in twentieth-century French literature.

FREN 471 The Construction of French Identity I: From the Origins to the Age of Versailles (3) French life, customs, culture, traditions (800-1750).

FREN 472 The Construction of French Identity II: From the Revolution to the Early Twentieth Century (3) French life, customs, culture, traditions (1750 to the early twentieth century).

FREN 473 The Construction of French Identity III: Cross-Cultural Approaches to the Study of Contemporary French Society (3) Patterns of communication, mythology, and ideology in modern France, from the Third Republic to the present, through historical and cross-cultural approaches, with reference to the Francophone world.

FREN 474 Contemporary France: A Sociocritical Approach (3) Recommended: FREN473. A sociocritical approach to understanding modern French society through the study of print and non-print media documents (autobiography, film, and paraliterature), with reference to the Francophone world.

FREN 478 Themes and Movements of French Literature in Translation (3) Studies treatments of thematic problems or literary or historical movements in French literature. Topic to be determined each semester. Taught in English.

FREN 479 Masterworks of French Literature in Translation (3) Treats the works of one or more major French writers. Topic to be determined each semester. Taught in English.

FREN 480 French Cinema: A Cultural Approach (in Translation) (3) Also offered as: FILM420. Credit only granted for: FREN480 or FILM420. A study of French culture, civilization, and literature through the medium of film. Taught in English.

FREN 481 Femmes Fatales and the Representation of Violence in Literature, Opera and Film (in English) (3) The problem of violence in art with respect to women and marginal populations. Taught in English.

FREN 482 Gender and Ethnicity in Modern French Literature (3) Literature by women writers of France and other French speaking areas with a focus on the relationship between gender, ethnicity and writing. Taught in English.

FREN 488 Special Topics in Francophone Studies (3) Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Topic and language of instruction to be announced when offered.

FREN 489 Seminar in Themes or Movements of French Literature (3) Prerequisite: FREN351 or FREN352; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.

FREN 495 Honors Thesis Research (3) Restriction: Must be admitted to the departmental honors program. The writing of a paper under the direction of a professor in this department and an oral examination. Required to fulfill the departmental honors requirement.

FREN 498 Special Topics in French Literature (3) Prerequisite: FREN351 or FREN352; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.

FREN 499 Special Topics in French Studies (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. An aspect of French studies, the specific topic to be announced each time the course is offered.

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