Courses By Semester

Summer 2017

Fall 2017

All Undergraduate Courses

FR 101 Elementary French I (4 credits, FL/HU)

For students who have never studied French; or with one year of high school French; or with one or more years of elementary or middle school French.

  • Covers essential fundamental French structures and vocabulary and their appropriate socio-linguistic applications in both spoken and written communication.
  • Develops knowledge of cultural topics relating to contemporary French and French-speaking countries through classroom discussions, diverse media resources and various projects.
  • Focus on intercultural communicative competence.
  • Conducted in French.

FR 102 Elementary French II (4 credits, FL/HU)

Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in FR 101 at UA; or equivalent from another institution; or two years of high school French.

  • Continuation of FR 101.
  • Advances knowledge of fundamental structures of French and their appropriate socio-linguistic applications in both spoken and written communication.
  • Further explorations of cultural topics relating to contemporary French and French-speaking countries.
  • Expands intercultural communicative competence.
  • Conducted in French.

FR 201 Intermediate French I. 3 credits. (HU)

Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in FR 102 or FR 103; or equivalent from another institution; or 3 years of high school French with a B+ average in French or higher; or 4 years of high school French with a B average in French or lower; or a 3 on the AP French exam.

  • Consolidates and expands linguistic knowledge within a culturally rich context.
  • Broadens cross-cultural awareness.
  • Cultivates global competence.
  • Conducted in French.

FR 202 Intermediate French II. 3 credits. (HU)

Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in FR 201; or equivalent from another institution; or 4 + years of French with a B+ average in French or higher; or a 4 on the AP French exam.

  • Continuation of FR201.
  • Expands intercultural communicative competence.
  • Reviews and refines linguistics knowledge within a culturally rich context.
  • Prepares students for advanced courses through research projects and creative writing activities.
  • Conducted in French.

FR 201 Honors Intermediate French I (3 credits, HU)

Available to Honors students, fall semester. For more information, please contact Dr. Edmunds.

FR 202 Honors Intermediate French II (3 credits, HU)

Available to Honors students, spring semester. Continuation of Honors FR 201. For more information, please contact Dr. Edmunds.

FR 321 Voices in French. (FR 328 abroad, 3 credits, W)

Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in FR 202;  or equivalent from another institution; or a 5 on the AP French exam; or French placement test.

  • Introduction to literary and cultural analysis through selected works of French cultural expression: poems, short stories, plays, and films.
  • Refines writing and reading skills through reading strategies and techniques.
  • Fulfills a University of Alabama writing requirement.
  • Conducted in French.

FR 322 Advanced French Grammar (FR 329 abroad, 3 credits)

Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in FR 202; or equivalent from another institution; or a 5 on the AP French exam; or French placement test.

  • Intensive review of grammar  
  • Focuses on the many uses of language and on the rules that govern its behavior in meaningful contexts. 
  • Conducted in French.

FR 323 Text, Image, and Word (FR 328 abroad, 3 credits, W)

Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in FR 202; or equivalent from another institution; or a 5 on the AP French exam; or French placement test.

  • Engages students’ perspective and activates creativity through assignments based on visual, audio, and print media.
  • Emphasis on fluidity, coherency in argument as well as grammatical accuracy.
  • Promotes connections between texts and cultural, artistic, social, and/or political contexts.
  • Fulfills a University of Alabama writing requirement.
  • Conducted in French.

FR 324 Commercial French (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Recommended FR321, 322 or 323; or equivalent from another institution; or instructor permission.

  • Prepares to communicate in a French-speaking business environment.
  • Develops multimodal, linguistic, and problem-solving skills in French.
  • Critical study of tourism-related communicative practices, protocols and local vs. global issues affectingintercultural business relations.
  • Conducted in French.

FR 325 Cultures and Conversations (3 credits)

Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in FR 202; or equivalent from another institution; or a 5 on the AP French exam; or French placement test.

  • Improves ability to function in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication.
  • Develops oral fluency.
  • Example of topic: The role of food and fashion in shaping national, regional, religious, political, gender, and social identities in France.
  • Conducted in French.

FR 331 French Civilization (FR 339 abroad, 3 credits)

Prerequisite: FR 321, FR 322, or FR 323; or instructor permission.

  • Exploration of French artistic heritage.
  • Study of the development of social and political institutions.
  • Offered in alternation with FR 431.
  • Conducted in French.

FR 341 Survey of French Literature I (3 credits, L/W)

Prerequisite: FR 321, FR 322, or FR 323; or instructor permission.

  • Introduction to French literature from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution (11th through the 18th centuries).
  • Exploration of literary and cultural history of these periods.
  • Develops analytical and writing skills.
  • Fulfills a University of Alabama writing requirement.
  • Conducted in French.

FR 351 Survey of French Literature II (3 credits, W)

Prerequisite: FR 321, FR 322, or FR 323; or instructor permission.

  • Introduction to French literature from 19th and 20th centuries through poems, short stories, essays, plays, and excerpts from novels.
  • Exploration of literary movements and cultural history:movements such as pre-Romanticism, Romanticism, Idealism, Realism, Naturalism, Surrealism and the contemporary novel.
  • Develops analytical and writing skills.
  • Conducted in French.

FR 361 Introduction to Romance Linguistics (3 credits)

Prerequisite: FR202; or equivalent from another institution; and permission of the instructor.

  • Introduction to linguistic science and its use in describing language in general and the Romance languages in particular.
  • Cross-listed with IT361 and SP361.

FR 380 Special Topics (1 to 3 credits)

Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

  • Offered based on demand.
  • Directed reading, research, and writing.
  • Topic determined in consultation with the instructor.
  • May not substitute for courses already offered as part of regular programming.
  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies (maximum of 6 hours).

FR 421 Pronunciation and Phonetics (FR 484 abroad, 3 credits)

Prerequisite: FR 321, FR 322, or FR 323; or instructor permission.

  • Introduction to phonetic theory.
  • Study the International Phonetic Alphabet.
  • Develops awareness of the correspondence between written representations and actual pronunciation.
  • Emphasis on developing oral proficiency.
  • Slash-listed with FR 521.

FR 424 Globalization, Business and Marketing (3 credits)

Prerequisite: FR324 or FR331; or instructor permission.

  • Refines and expands intercultural communicative competence.
  • Develops understanding of how global and local factors affect marketing strategies and practices.
  • Engages reflections on issues of global versus local markets.
  • Conducted in French.

FR 431 Contemporary Civilization (3 credits)

Prerequisite: FR 331 or instructor permission.

  • Exploration of the political, technological, and cultural movements of post-revolutionary France from 1789 to the present.
  • Conducted in French.
  • Offered in alternation with FR 331.
  • Slash-listed with FR 533.

FR 441 PAGE AND STAGE (3 credits, FL/HU/L)

Prerequisite: FR 321, 322, 323, or instructor permission.

  • Analysis and interpretation (both physical and written) of theatrical texts and plays.
  • Focus on comedies by the most legendary French playwright, Molière.
  • Conducted in French.

FR 461 French Linguistics (3 credits)

Prerequisites: FR 321, FR 322, or FR 323.

  • Applies linguistic theory to the analysis and description of French phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic structures.
  • Explores tendencies of change in contemporary French and dialects.
  • Slash-listed with FR 561.

FR 470 Undergraduate Seminar (3 credits)

Prerequisites: FR 341 or FR 351 for a literature topic; FR 331 or FR 431 for a civilization topic.

  • Intensive examination of a selected topic, with emphasis on reading, research, writing and presentations.
  • Examples of topics: Descartes et l’esprit cartésien;  The Libertine Novel; French Cinema; Bohemia; Francophone Louisiana; Feminine Fictions; French-English Translation; Poetry of the French Renaissance;Post-colonialism; Identity and Hybridity.
  • Slash-listed with FR 570.
  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies (maximum of 12 hours).

FR 480 Special Topics (1 to 3 credits)

Prerequisites: FR 341 or FR 351 for a literature topic; FR 331 or FR 431 for a civilization topic.

  • Directed reading, writing, research, and oral presentations.
  • Examples of topics : Francophone Louisiana; La Bande Dessinée; Québécois Literature and Culture; Globalization; Contemporary French Cinema; Laclos, Les Liaisons dangereuses / 18th-Century Epistolary Novel; The 20th- and 21st-Century French Novel.
  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies (maximum of 12 hours).
  • Slash-listed with FR 580.