French (FRE)

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French Major

(All colleges) — 30 credits above FRE 202 including FRE 303, 304, 305, 320, 331, 430; six credits from: FRE 220 or 325, FRE 351, 403, 404. 405, 406, 407; six credits from any of the courses not used in the above category plus FRE 315, 321, 326, 450, 491, 495, 498, 499, ENG 432. Either FRE 491 or ENG 432 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 from: FRE 325 or 220, 351, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407; six additional credits of electives selected from any course not used in the above category; FRE 326, 450, 491, 498, 499, ENG 432. Either FRE 491 or ENG 432 may count as an elective, but not both.

Business requirements: (24 credits) – ACC 235 (or 221 and 222), ECO 110, 120, 340, MKT 309, 341, MGT 308; one course from: ECO 311, MGT 430, FIN 355. Recommended courses — CS 101, ECO 375, 145, 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 or 220, 331; three credits from: FRE 220, 315, 320 or 325 (if not used in the above category), 321, 326, 351, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 430, 450, 495, 498, 499. Either FRE 220 or 325 may count towards the minor, but not both.

French majors and minors in education

In order to be certified to teach a foreign language, students must take CI 467, Teaching a Foreign Language, other teacher education courses (see page 111) and student teach at the appropriate levels. Prior to student teaching, students are required to 1) demonstrate proficiency at a level equivalent to Intermediate High on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Oral Proficiency Scale, 2) complete an approved foreign language immersion experience, and 3) pass the Praxis II content test(s) in the language(s) to be certified for teaching. (official test score report required prior to student teaching enrollment). Questions should be referred to the department of modern languages.

French Studies Certificate

(All colleges) — 18 credits above FRE 102, including FRE 201, 202, 220 (or substitute FRE 320 or 321 or 325 for FRE 220), 303, 326 and three credits of electives: FRE 304, 305, 315, 320, 321, 325, 331, 351, 450. Please note: FRE 320, 321, or 325 can be used in elective category only if not used in required category. In order to complete the certificate program, a candidate must earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA for course work in the certificate.


+ next to 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. Offered Fall, Spring.

+ 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. Offered Fall, Spring.

+ 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. Offered Fall, Spring.

+ 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. Offered Fall, Spring.

+ 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. Offered Spring.

FRE 303 Cr. 3 Advanced French I

Development of all French language skills with emphasis on reading and writing. Prerequisite: FRE 202. Offered Fall.

FRE 304 Cr. 3 Advanced French II

Development of all French language skills with emphasis on listening and speaking. Prerequisite: FRE 303. Offered Spring.

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 Fall odd-numbered 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. Offered Fall even-numbered years.

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 Fall even-numbered 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 six. Offered occasionally.

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 occasionally.

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. Offered Fall, Spring.

FRE 331 Cr. 3 French Phonetics

An emphasis on French vocalic sounds, phonetic transcription, and practice in pronunciation. Prerequisite: FRE 202 or concurrent registration. Offered Spring.

FRE 351 Cr. 4 Films in French

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

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 six. Offered occasionally.

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. Offered Spring every third year.

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. Offered Spring every third year.

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. Offered Spring every third year.

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 Spring every third 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. Offered Fall odd-numbered years.

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 four. Offered occasionally.

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. Offered occasionally.

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 six. Offered occasionally.

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 six. Offered occasionally.