Spring 2023 Undergraduate Courses

FR 101 Elementary French I (FL/HU)

4 credits. Multiple sections.

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

FR 102 Elementary French II (FL/HU)

4 credits. Multiple sections.

  • Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in FR 101 at UA; or equivalent from another institution; or two years of high school French.
  • Further explorations of cultural topics relating to contemporary French and French-speaking countries.
  • Advances knowledge of fundamental structures of French and their appropriate socio-linguistic applications in both spoken and written communication.
  • Satisfies one of these two Core Curriculum/General Education requirements: FL, HU.

FR 201 Intermediate French I (HU)

3 credits. Multiple sections.

  • 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.
  • Satisfies one Core Curriculum/General Education requirement: HU.

FR 202 Intermediate French II (HU)

3 credits. Multiple sections.

  • Continuation of FR201. 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.
  • Expands intercultural communicative competence.
  • Prepares students for advanced courses through research projects and creative writing activities.
  • Satisfies one Core Curriculum/General Education requirement: HU.

FR 321 Writing and Imagination (W)

3 Credits. MWF 12:00-12:50
Dr. April Stevens, Assistant Professor of French

  • 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.

FR 322 Advanced French Grammar

3 Credits. MW 2:00-3:15
Dr. Thomas Carlton, Instructor of French

  • 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 (W)

3 credits.
Section 001: MWF 10:00-10:50, Dr. Bruce Edmunds, Associate Professor of French
Section 002: TR 11:00-12:15, Dr. K. Maxime Vignon, Instructor of French

  • 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.

FR 325 Cultures and Conversations (FL)

3 credits. MWF 11:00-11:50
Dr. Isabelle Drewelow, Associate Professor of French and Applied Linguistics

  • Prerequisites: grade of C- or higher in FR 202or FR 212; or equivalent from another institution; or a 5 on the AP French exam; or French placement test.
  • Emphasis on self-expression in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication.
  • Develops oral proficiency.
  • Exploration of culturally situated perspectives as well as the concepts of freedom, equality, solidarity, and laïcité within the thematic backdrop of food and fashion.
  • Satisfies one Core Curriculum/General Education requirement: FL.

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

3 credits.TR 12:30-1:45
Dr. Carmen Mayer, Associate Professor of French

  • Prerequisite: FR 321, FR 322, or FR 323; or instructor permission.
  • Introduction to French literature from 19th and 21th centuries through poems, short stories, essays, plays, and excerpts from novels.
  • Exploration of literary movements and cultural history; includes movements such as Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, Surrealism, the Nouveau Roman, autofiction, and the contemporary novel.
  • Includes texts by Apollinaire, Balzac, Baudelaire, Césaire, Guibert, Perec, Sarraute, Sebbar, Zola.
  • Develops analytical and writing skills.
  • Conducted in French.
  • Satisfies one of these two Core Curriculum/General Education requirements: W, L.

FR 361 Introduction to Romance Linguistics

3 credits. TR 2:00-3:15
Dr. David Tezil, Assistant Professor of French Linguistics

  • 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 421 Pronunciation and Phonetics

3 credits. MW 3:30-4:45
Dr. Thomas Carlton, Instructor of French

  • Prerequisite: FR 321, FR 322, or FR 323; or instructor permission.
  • Introduction to phonetic theory.
  • Develops awareness of the correspondence between written representations and actual pronunciation.
  • Emphasis on developing oral proficiency.

FR 424 Globalization, Marketing and Communication (FL/HU)

3 credits. MW 2:00-3:15
Dr. Isabelle Drewelow, Associate Professor of French and Applied Linguistics

  • 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 441 Page and Stage (FL/HU/L)

3 credits. TR 9:30-10:45
Dr. Jean-Luc Robin, Associate Professor of French

  • Prerequisite: FR 321, 322, 323, or instructor permission.
  • Analysis and interpretation (both physical and written) of theatrical texts and plays.
  • Focus on blockbusters by legendary French comic playwright Molière.
  • For undergraduates only.
  • Satisfies one of these three Core Curriculum/General Education requirements: FL, HU, L.

FR 461 French Linguistics

3 credits. W 3:30-6:00
Dr. David Tezil, Assistant Professor of French Linguistics

  • 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.

FR 477 The Cinema of Jean-Luc Godard (FA/FL)

3 credits. T 3:30-6:30
Dr. Jean-Luc Robin, Associate Professor of French

  • Prerequisite: FR 321, 322, 323, 328, or instructor permission.
  • New course, and first Fine Arts course in French at UA: Critical study of seminal motion pictures produced in French fostering an appreciation of cinema as art.
  • French New Wave, its technics, and esthetics (vs. mainstream cinema’s).
  • Groundbreaking 1960s films of iconic/iconoclast French-Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard from À bout de souffle to Week-end.
  • Satisfies one of these two Core Curriculum/General Education requirements: FA, FL.

FR 480 Transatlantic Connections in the 18th Century

3 credits. M 2:00-4:30
Dr. April Stevens, Assistant Professor of French