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.

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; or 3 years of high school French with a final grade of B or less.
  • 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.

FR 201 Intermediate French I (HU)

3 credits. Multiple sections.

  • Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in FR 102; 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.

FR 211 Honors Intermediate French I (HU)

3 credits. M/W/F 10:00-10:50. Available to Honors students. For more information, please contact Dr. Bruce Edmunds.

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.

FR 321 Writing and Imagination (W)

3 Credits.
Section 001: M/W/F 10:00-10:50 – Dr. Carmen Mayer, Associate Professor of French
Section 002: M/W/F 11:00-11:50 – Dr. April Stevens, Instructor of French

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.

FR 322 Advanced French Grammar

3 Credits. T/R 9:30-10:45
Dr. Jean-Luc Robin, Associate Professor of French

  • 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.

FR 323 Writing and Analysis (W)

3 credits. M/W/F 12:00-12:50
Dr. Gina Stamm, Assistant Professor of French

  • 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.

FR 324 Commercial French

3 credits. M/W 2:00-3:15
Dr. April Stevens, Instructor of French

  • Prerequisite: 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.T/R 11:00-12:15
Dr. Isabelle Drewelow, Associate Professor of French and Applied Linguistics

  • 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.
  • Explores how food and fashion connect and reveal societal and political issues in France.

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

3 Credits.T 3:30-6:00
Dr. Jean Luc Robin, Associate Professor of French

  • 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.

FR 421 Pronunciation and Phonetics

3 credits. T/R 2:00-3:15
Dr. Michael Picone, Professor of French and Linguistics

  • 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 431 Contemporary Civilization

3 credits. M 3:30-6:00
Dr. Gina Stamm, Assistant Professor of French

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.

FR 470 French 16th Century Prose Literature

3 credits. MW 2:00-3:15
Dr. Bruce Edmunds, Associate Professor of French

  • Rabelais
  • Montaigne

FR 480 Bande Dessinée

3 credits. W 5:00-7:30
Dr. Michael Picone, Professor of French and Linguistics

Prerequisite: Any 300 level course.

  • Exploration and analysis of French-language graphic narrative media (comic books and graphic novels of France and francophone Belgium; samples from Switzerland, Africa and Québec; excerpts from spin-off cartoons and movies).
  • The emergence, range and importance of BD in francophone Europe.
  • Vocabulary, components and practices relative to the BD art form.
  • Connections to relevant cultural, artistic, semiotic, and linguistic themes.
  • Creation of a personal French BD mini-album.