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.
  • Satisfies one of these two Core Curriculum/General Education requirements: FL, HU.
  • 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.
  • Satisfies one of these two Core Curriculum/General Education requirements: FL, HU.
  • 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.
  • Satisfies one Core Curriculum/General Education requirement:  HU.
  • 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.
  • Satisfies one Core Curriculum/General Education requirement:  HU.
  • Conducted in French.

FR310 Global Citizenship through Service Learning in French (3 credits)

  • Hands-on service-learning project at a local elementary school.
  • Students prepare and teach lessons with an emphasis on understanding different Francophone cultures and understanding what it means to be a global citizen.
  • Develops French language skills, leadership skills,  interpersonal and presentational communication skills.
  • Real-world experience using the French language.

FR 321 Writing and Imagination (FR 328 abroad, 3 credits, W)

Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in FR 202 or FR 212;  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.
  • Satisfies one Core Curriculum/General Education requirement:  W.
  • Conducted in French.

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

Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in FR 202 or FR 212; 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 Writing and Analysis (FR 328 abroad, 3 credits, W)

Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in FR 202 or FR 212; 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.
  • Satisfies one Core Curriculum/General Education requirement:  W.
  • Conducted in French.

FR 324 French Language and Culture for Business Development (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 affecting intercultural business relations.
  • Conducted in French.

FR 325 Cultures and Conversations (3 credits, FL)

Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in FR 202 or FR 212; 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.
  • Examples of topic: Exploration of the concepts of freedom, equality, solidarity, and laïcité within the thematic backdrop of food and fashion; exploration and discussion of French TV series.
  • Satisfies one Core Curriculum/General Education requirement: FL.
  • Conducted in French.

FR 330 French in the News (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in FR 202 or FR 212; or equivalent from another institution; or a 5 on the AP French exam; or French placement test.

  • Discussions of current news in French-speaking countries represented in various types of media.
  • Analysis of journalistic reporting and writing principles.
  • Focus on contemporary language use in narration and description of current events.

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

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

  • Introduction to visual and material culture in the French-speaking world and how it has evolved from the Middle Ages to today.
  • Exploration of how artistic production was impacted by political and social structures of its era.
  • Overview of developments in architecture, fine art, decorative arts, photography and film.
  • Examination of how acquisition of colonial territories affected the production of art in France and around the world.

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

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

  • Introduces to French literature from its origins to the French Revolution.
  • Explores literary and cultural history of this period (11th to 18th century).
  • Develops analytical, critical thinking, and writing skills.
  • Conducted in French and satisfies one of these two Core Curriculum/General Education requirements: L, W.

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

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

  • Introduction to French literature from the 19th and 21th 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.
  • Satisfies one of these two Core Curriculum/General Education requirements: L, W.
  • Conducted in French.

FR352 Survey of Global French Literature

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

  • Exploration of important works of literature of French-speaking regions around the world including the Caribbean, Africa, and Canada.
  • Using a trans-historical approach, this course includes texts from the major literary movements of the late- and post-colonial periods, such as Négritude, Pan-Africanism, Créolité, and Antillanité.
  • Works of various genres (nonfiction, fiction, poetry, theater, and film) are analyzed in relation both to literary and geopolitical history.
  • 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, Marketing and Communication (3 credits, FL/HU)

  • Semester-long experiential simulation culminating with the design of a website to launch a fictitious product or service on the French market.
  • Analysis of the impact of globalization on French marketing and advertising strategies.
  • Exploration of brand identities, economic patriotism, characteristics of French consumers, language use in advertising.
  • Conducted in French.
  • Satisfies one of these two Core Curriculum/General Education requirements: FL, HU.

FR 431 Contemporary Civilization: Democracy in France (3 credits)

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

  • Exploration of the political, technological, and cultural movements of post-revolutionary France from 1789 to the present through the evolution of its democratic institutions.
  • History of democratic movements and institutions in France from the Revolution until the second World War.
  • Issues facing contemporary France, including decolonization, the rise of the European Union, the current migrant crisis.
  • Seeks to answer questions about how the idea and practice of democracy changes over time, such as: Who can participate? How can they participate? How do changes in democratic institutions reflect and affect social structures?
  • 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.
  • Satisfies one of these three Core Curriculum/General Education requirements: FL, HU, L.
  • 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)

Recommended prerequisites vary according to topic: FR 321, FR 322, or FR 323 (or instructor permission) for a linguistics topic; FR 341 or FR FR 351 (or instructor permission) for a literature topic; FR 331 or FR 431 (or instructor permission) 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; Bohemia; Francophone Louisiana; Feminine Fictions; French-English Translation; Poetry of the French Renaissance; Post-colonialism; Identity and Hybridity; French in Contact.
  • May be repeated for credit when the topic varies (maximum of 12 hours).
  • Slash-listed with FR graduate courses.

FR 477 French Cinema (3 credits, FA/FL)

Prerequisites: FR 321, FR 322, FR 323, or FR 328

  • Critical study of seminal motion pictures produced in French fostering an appreciation of cinema as art.
  • Emphasis on student research and presentations.
  • Film screenings are a necessary part of this course.
  • Satisfies one of these two Core Curriculum/General Education requirements: FA, FL.

FR 478 Writing Immigration (3 credits)

  • Focuses on writings on immigration in the context of all movement of immigrants in the French-speaking world, not just the French metropole and its immigrant neighborhoods.
  • Writings cover a range of experiences and social classes, from an elite class of immigrants to clandestine immigration.
  • Uses interdisciplinary critical theory as a tool for literary analysis.

FR 480 Special Topics (1 to 3 credits)

Recommended prerequisites vary according to topic: FR 321, FR 322, or FR 323 (or instructor permission) for a linguistics topic; FR 341 or FR FR 351 (or instructor permission) for a literature topic; FR 331 or FR 431 (or instructor permission) for a civilization topic.

  • Directed reading, writing, research, and oral presentations.
  • Examples of topics: Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa; Bande Dessinée; Québécois Literature and Culture; Laclos, Les Liaisons dangereuses / 18th-Century Epistolary Novel; The 20th- and 21st-Century French Novel; Research in French Sociolinguistics.
  • May be repeated for credit when the topic varies (maximum of 12 hours).
  • Slash-listed with graduate courses.