Course Descriptions

Current Undergraduate Courses

Fall 2020 Course Descriptions


Courses taught in French:  Students are placed into French courses according to the results of their placement test.

All course offerings are taught in French unless labeled otherwise. Students must place at the 200 level (FFW) or have completed fourth-semester French (420:132 or 420:137) to take 200-level courses.


Courses taught in English:  There is no prerequisite needed.

French majors may count one (1) elective course taught either in English in the Department of French or taught outside the department on a topic related to the arts, culture, literature, or history of French-speaking areas (with prior written approval of the Undergraduate Director)Up to two (2) courses in English may count towards the minor. For complete major and minor requirements, please go to  majoring & minoring in French.

Additional Guidelines:

  • Students who place at the 200-level (FFW) or who took AP French are welcome to contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.r about course options.
  • 420:215 (or 217) and 420:216 (or 218) are prerequisites to all 300 and 400 level courses.
  • You cannot take both 215 AND 217.
  • You cannot take both 216 AND 218.
  • It is recommended, but not required, that students take 6 credits at the 300-level before taking 400-level courses.

SAS Core Curriculum:

The following courses taught in French fulfill one or more Core Curriculum requirements (SAS, SEBS, Mason Gross, School of Management and Labor Relations, SCI, and Bloustein School). A course used to meet core goals may also be used to fulfill a major or minor requirement: 
01:420:132 Intermediate French
01:420:213 Intensive Advanced Grammar and Conversation
01:420:214 Composition and Stylistics
01:420: 215, 216 Aspects of French literature
01:420:217, 218 Approaches to French literature (Honors)

The following Core Curriculum courses are taught in English:

01:420:105  French for Reading Knowledge I (not open for credit to students who have had two or more years of secondary school French). 
01:420:106  French for Reading Knowledge II (not open for credit to students who have had two or more years of secondary school French).
01:420:160  Shorts Stories of France
01:420:241, 242  Major Writers in Translation
01:420:243 Twentieth-Century Women Writing in French
01:420:251 France and the World -The World in France
01:420:261  Life Writing in France
01:420:271 Francophilia: Literature and Society in Modern France
01:420:272 Major French Plagiarists
01:420:281 French and Francophone Text(s) and Image(s)
01:420: 282 Music, Culture and Memory in the French-speaking World
01:420:283 French Gastronomy and Global Food Cultures

Previous Descriptions by Semester:

Spring 2020 Course Descriptions

Summer 2020 Course Descriptions

Fall 2019 Course Descriptions

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Fall 2018 Course Descriptions

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Fall 2017 Course Descriptions

Spring 2017 Course Descriptions