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.
  • 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 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.

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 202 Honors Intermediate French II (HU)

3 credits. M/W/F 10:00-10:50. Available to Honors students. Continuation of Honors FR 201. For more information, please contact Dr. April Stevens.

FR 321 Voices in French (W)

3 Credits. M/W/F 10:00-10:50
Maud Barthès, Graduate Teaching Assistant 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 323 Text, Image, and Word (W)

3 credits.
Section 001:M/W/F 11:00-12:50 – Dr. April Stevens, Instructor of French
Section 002: 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 325 Cultures and Conversations

3 credits. M/W/F 9:00-9:50
Dr. Bruce Edmunds, 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.
  • Improves ability to function in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication.
  • Develops oral fluency.
  • Short fiction in French, from African griot to Tournier and his retellings: a survey of forms and themes.

FR 351 Survey of French Literature II (W)

3 credits.T/R 11:00-12:15
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 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.

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 424 Globalization, Business and Marketing

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

  • Prerequisite: FR324, 321, 323, 331; or instructor permission.
  • Semester-long experiential simulation culminating with the development of marketing deliverables including a website.
  • Refines and expands intercultural communicative competence.
  • Develops understanding of local vs global challenges affecting marketing and advertising practices.

FR 441 Page and Stage (FL, HU, L)

3 credits.T/R 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 comedies by the most legendary French playwright, Molière.
  • For undergraduates only.

FR 470 Cinema of Jean-Luc Godard

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

  • Prerequisite: FR 321, 322, 323, 331, 341, 351, 431, or instructor permission.
  • Elements of film analysis.
  • French New Wave, its technics and esthetics (vs. mainstream cinema’s).
  • Groundbreaking 1960s films of Jean-Luc Godard from À bout de souffle to Week-end.
  • Legacy of the iconic/iconoclast French-Swiss director.

FR 480 Science-Fiction Ultra-Comtemporaine

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

  • In order to be successful in this reading-heavy course, it is strongly recommended that FR 470 students have the following background prior to enrolling: At least two of the following: FR 341, FR 351, FR 441, OR at least one from the previous group and one of the following: FR 331, FR 441, OR instructor approval.
  • Focus on novels, short stories, and films of Science-Fiction that have gained acclaim and a wide readership in the last 20 years.
  • Explores parameters of the science-fiction genre, and how have they evolved in recent times.
  • Examines the scientific (transhumanism, climate, nuclear, etc.) and political (war, totalitarianism, etc) anxieties explored in these works, and the outcomes and/or solutions proposed.
  • Emphasis on  the stylistic techniques or innovations used to adapt to the subject matter of the science-fiction genre.