French
(FRE)

 

French Major
(All colleges) — 30 credits above FRE 202 including FRE 303, 304, 305, 320, 331, 430; six credits from the following: FRE 325, or any 400-level literature course; and six credits of electives selected from: FRE 315, 321, 325 (if not used in above category), 326, 351, 394, 403, 404, 405, 406, 450, 491, 495, 498, 499, ENG 401. Either FRE 491 or ENG 401 may count as an elective, but not both.


French Major with
Business Concentration
(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 54 credits.
30 credits above FRE 202, including FRE 303, 304, 305, 315, 320, 331, 430, three credits of 400-level literature or FRE 325, and six credits of electives selected from: FRE 325 (if not used in the above category), 326, 351, 394, 403, 404, 405, 406, 450, 491, 498, 499, ENG 401. Either FRE 491 or ENG 401 may count as an elective, but not both.
Business Concentration — 24 credits, including ACC 235(or 221 and 222), ECO 110, 120, 340, MKT 309, 341, MGT 308; and one from the following: ECO 311, MGT 430, FIN 355. Recommended courses — C-S 101, ECO 375, 145 or 250, MTH 175, FIN 440 and the two courses not chosen in the second group.

French Minor
(All colleges) — 18 credits above FRE 202, including: FRE 303, 304, 305, 320 or 325, 331; and three credits of electives: FRE 315, 320 or 325 (if not used in the above category), 321, 326, 351, 394, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 430, 450, 495, 498, 499.

Teacher Education students with a major or minor in French should refer to the requirements listed under modern language majors and minors in education on p. 203.


 

+ above a course number indicates a General Education course.

FRE 101 Cr. 4
Elementary French I
The first of two introductory courses in French. The five language skills: listening, speaking, writing, reading, and culture are introduced.

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FRE 102 Cr. 4
Elementary French II
The second introductory course in French comprehension, speaking, writing, reading, and culture. Prerequisite: FRE 101 or placement based on UW System Placement Test scores.

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FRE 201 Cr. 4
Intermediate French I
The first of two intermediate-level French courses. Students continue to develop all language skills with special emphasis placed on refining speaking and listening comprehension. Prerequisite: FRE 102 or placement based on UW System Placement Test scores.

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FRE 202 Cr. 4
Intermediate French II
The second of two intermediate-level French courses. Students continue to develop all language skills with special emphasis placed on refining reading and writing in French. Prerequisite: FRE 201 or placement based on UW System Placement Test scores.

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FRE 220 Cr. 3
France and the Francophone World
This course offers both historical and contemporary perspectives on France and its relationship to the Francophone world. Students will examine French history and colonialism and their impact on such regions/countries as Quebec, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Senegal, Tahiti, and the Maghreb (North Africa). This course will also explore the multiple identities (based on ethnicity, race, gender and sexual orientation) that continue to “disrupt” the notion of a collective French consciousness as it persists today. These include North-African and Russian immigrants, Jews, women, gays and lesbians. Taught in English. Not applicable to the major or minor. Offered Sem. I.

FRE 303 Cr. 3
Advanced French I
Development of all French language skills with emphasis on reading and writing. Prerequisite:
FRE 202.


FRE 304 Cr. 3
Advanced French II
Development of all French language skills with emphasis on listening and speaking. Prerequisite: FRE 303.
FRE 305 Cr. 3
An Introduction to Literature in French
A beginning literature course designed to teach students to read, discuss and write about literature with depth and critical ability. Readings will include poetry, theater and short stories. Prerequisite: FRE 303 or concurrent enrollment. Offered Sem. II, alternate years.

FRE 315 Cr. 3
Business French
A course designed to prepare advanced students in French to communicate effectively in the business world. Intensive practice in oral comprehension, speaking, writing, utilizing special, topical vocabulary related to international commerce. Prerequisite: FRE 303 or concurrent enrollment. Strongly recommend MGT 100 or concurrent registration in MGT 100.

FRE 320 Cr. 3
French Civilization to the Revolution
Through chronological, thematic and literary perspectives this course is designed to provide an examination of French Civilization from its origins to the French Revolution. Topics may include socio-political and cultural history, the history of gender and sexuality, feudalism, absolutism, the Enlightenment, popular culture, art and architecture. Taught in French. Prerequisite: FRE 303 (or its equivalent) or concurrent enrollment. Offered Sem. II, alternate years.

FRE 321 Cr. 3
Studies in Francophone Civilizations
This course is designed to provide an in-depth study of the civilization of French-speaking areas other than France. The individual topic will cover either the civilizations of several smaller areas or countries (i.e., Belgium, French Polynesia, Louisiana, etc.) or will deal with one major area (i.e., Quebec or Francophone Africa). The course is taught in French. Prerequisite: FRE 303 or
concurrent enrollment. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.

FRE 325 Cr. 3
Modern and Contemporary France
Through chronological, thematic and literary perspectives this course is designed to provide an examination of French Civilization from the French Revolution to the present. Topics may include socio-political and cultural history, the history of gender and sexuality, regional and national identity, anti-Semitism, colonialism, popular culture and mass media. Taught in French. Prerequisite: FRE 303 or its equivalent. Offered Sem. I, alternate years.

FRE 326 Cr. 1
Current Events
A weekly discussion of current events in the French-speaking world, based on readings, web-based news sources and television broadcasts in the target language. Prerequisite: FRE 202 or equivalent. Students may take as many times as desired, but only three credits will count towards major/minor.

FRE  331 Cr. 3
French Phonetics
An emphasis on French vocalic sounds, phonetic transcription, and practice in pronunciation. Prerequisite: FRE 202 or concurrent registration.

FRE 351 Cr. 3
Films in French
A study of films of the French-speaking world. Film viewing, discussion and writing assignments will all be in French. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: FRE 202 or equivalent. Offered every fourth semester.

FRE 394 Cr. 3
Translating Literature
A study of the theory and problems of literary translation. Students translate literary works from the target language into English. The student translations are used for literary as well as translation technique study in the course. Prerequisite: FRE/GER/SPA 305. (Cross-listed with MLG, GER, and SPA; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered occasionally.

FRE 403 Cr. 3
Studies in French/ Francophone Literature
A course designed to survey major literary
movements and authors in France or French-speaking countries; emphasis on chronology,
definitions, literary criticism. Specific topics vary by semester. Prerequisite: FRE 305 or equivalent. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.

FRE 404 Cr. 3
French Literature: Theatre
A course which examines major authors and literary trends in French theatre from the Middle Ages to the present day. Works read in entirety. Prerequisite: FRE 305 or equivalent.

FRE 405 Cr. 3
French Literature: Prose
A course which examines major authors and
literary trends in French prose works of all ages. Emphasis will be on the evaluation of the short story and novel with studies on the development of the narrator’s role and the evolution in the description of a character. Prerequisite: FRE 305 or equivalent.

FRE 406 Cr. 3
French Literature: Poetry
A course which examines major authors and
literary trends in French poetry from the Middle Ages to the present day. Emphasis will be on the interrelationships of poetry, theatre, art and music. Prerequisite: FRE 305 or equivalent.

FRE 407 Cr. 3
African and Caribbean Literature in French
A survey of African and Caribbean literature of French expression, including works from colonial times to the present, in the context of the political and cultural history of the African diaspora. Prerequisite: FRE 305. Offered Sem. II, every other year.

FRE 430 Cr. 3
Advanced French Syntax and Stylistics
An intensive study of the features of French sentence structure, with emphasis on the contrast between French and English. Prerequisite: FRE 304 and one literature or civilization course.

FRE 450 Cr. 1-4
National/International Intern Program
A course in French individually tailored to fit career needs: cultural awareness, technical vocabulary in French to prepare students who elect internship credits in other departments. French majors or minors or other students having the equivalency of FRE 202 may elect to take these credits off campus. Prerequisite: a declared major in department offering intern programs or a declared major in French. Repeatable for credit — maximum 4.

FRE 491 Cr. 3
Films and Literature
Viewing and criticism of subtitled films and
reading their literary sources in translation. Prerequisite: one course in literature from either the modern languages or English department. Offered occasionally.

FRE 495 Cr. 2
Honors Seminar in French
An in-depth examination of a topic in French or Francophone literature or civilization concluding with a research paper and presentation to faculty and peers. Prerequisite: admission to the Alvida Ahlstrom Honors Program, FRE 305 and one 400-level literature or civilization course.

FRE 498/598 Cr. 1-3
Independent Study
Fieldwork, research, individual projects in a
specific area of French language civilization or literature. Prerequisite: two advanced courses and junior standing. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.


FRE 499/599 Cr. 1-3
Independent Study
Fieldwork, research, individual projects in a specific area of French language, civilization or literature. Prerequisite: two semesters of advanced courses and junior standing. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.



 

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