Courses

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French major requirements

Nine courses beyond the 102 level including:

FREN 201 Intermediate French (or equivalent)
FREN 210 Intermediate Grammar and Composition
FREN 220 Conversation and Cinema

210 and 220 are half semester courses. Study abroad is highly recommended.

French minor requirements

Five courses beyond the 102 level including:

FREN 201 Intermediate French (or equivalent)
FREN 210 Intermediate Grammar and Composition
FREN 220 Conversation and Cinema

Electives for the major/minor

FREN 252 Culture, Folklore, and Historical Background of the French-speaking World
FREN 315 French Writing and Grammar
FREN 325 Business French
FREN 332 Perspectives in French Literature (Theatre/Prose/Poetry)
FREN 424 Francophone Literature

French course descriptions

FREN 101G. Elementary French I 1.0 course credit

This course focuses on the essential elements of effective communication in the French language. The student will acquire a basic competence in the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), and learn to appreciate the language as a communication system for a different culture, including its distinct thought processes and viewpoints.

FREN 102G. Elementary French II 1.0 course credit

Continuation of FREN 101. Practice and acquisition of increasingly complex vocabulary and sentence structure, tenses and moods, leading to greater accuracy in oral and written expression. Prerequisite: FREN 101 or placement.

FREN 201. Intermediate French 1.0 course credit

A one-semester intermediate course designed to enable students to attain a functional level of proficiency in French. The emphasis is on the development of oral-aural skills (speaking and listening). Prerequisite: FREN 102 or placement.

FREN 210. Intermediate Grammar and Composition 1.0 course credit

A study of the structure of the French language beyond the intermediate level.
Includes continued grammar study and written and oral composition aimed toward accuracy of expression. Prerequisite: FREN 201 or its equivalent.

FREN 220. Conversation and Cinema 1.0 course credit

The aim of this course is to develop French speaking skills through discussions of
French and Francophone cinema. Prerequisites: FREN 201, its equivalent, and/or
permission of the instructor. Co-requisite: FREN 210\

FREN 252. Culture, Folklore, and Historical Background of the French-speaking World 1.0 course credit

This course is an introduction to different aspects of contemporary French-speaking world and will explore a number of political issues such as urbanization, women’s rights, occupation and decolonization. French civilization will be understood through history, literature and the arts as a means of better understanding present-day France. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite:
FREN 210 & 220 or its equivalent, and/or permission of the instructor.

FREN 315. French Writing and Grammar 1.0 course credit

The aim of this course is to provide the grammatical knowledge and necessary grounding students need to comprehend complex readings and to write advanced papers in French. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: FREN 210 & 220 or its equivalent, and/or permission of the instructor.

FREN 325. Business French 1.0 course credit

The goals of this course are both linguistic and substantive. In addition to learning professional vocabulary, students will study the functioning and characteristics of the French business world. The following topics will be covered: a) business letters, résumé writing, interviews and job searching; b) overview of selected business cases; c) financial institutions; d) trade, etc. Prerequisite: FREN 210 & 220 or its equivalent, and/or permission of the instructor.

FREN 332. Perspectives in French Literature (Theatre/Prose/Poetry) 1.0 course credit

Organized by genre (theatre, poetry, or prose) and by siècle (century), this course provides an overview of French literature and major literary trends through the study of representative works from various periods. May be repeated for credit under a different topic. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: FREN 210 & 220 or its equivalent, and/or permission of the instructor.

FREN 424. Francophone Literature 1.0 course credit

Reading some of the most compelling literary representations of children growing up in Africa or Antillean milieu, we will focus on themes, motifs, symbols and other literary devices used to articulate their reflections, dilemmas, perplexities and choices. Colonialism, assimilation, identity, and the other versus the self are some of the themes to be explored in this course. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: FREN 210 & 220 and/or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.


Chinese course descriptions

CHNS 101G. Elementary Chinese I 1.0 course credit

This course focuses on the essential elements of effective communication in the
Mandarin Chinese language. The student will acquire a basic competence in the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), and learn to appreciate the language as a communication system for a different culture, including its distinct thought processes and viewpoints.

CHNS 102G. Elementary Chinese II 1.0 course credit

Continuation of CHNS 101. Practice and acquisition of increasingly complex vocabulary and sentence structure, tenses, and moods, leading to greater accuracy in oral and written expression. Prerequisite: CHNS 101 or placement.

CHNS 201. Intermediate Chinese I 0.5 course credit

Chinese 201 is an intermediate level course that builds on what students learned at the elementary levels. Students will hone their skills in speaking, reading, listening, and writing in Mandarin through the study of texts and other complementary materials, while also expanding their knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture. Prerequisite: CHNS 102 or placement.


Japanese course descriptions

JAPN 101G. Elementary Japanese I 1.0 course credit

This course focuses on the essential elements of effective communication in Japanese language. The student will acquire a basic competence in the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), and learn to appreciate the language as a communication system for a different culture, including its distinct thought processes and viewpoints.

JAPN 102G. Elementary Japanese II 1.0 course credit

Continuation of JAPN 101G. Practice and acquisition of increasingly complex vocabulary and sentence structure, tenses and moods, leading to greater accuracy in oral and written expression. Prerequisite: JAPN 101G or placement.

JAPN 201. Intermediate Japanese I 0.5 course credit

Japanese 201 is an intermediate level course that builds on what students learned at the elementary levels. Students will hone their skills in speaking, reading, listening, and writing through the study of texts and other complementary materials, while also expanding their knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture. Prerequisite: JAPN 102 or placement.


Independent studies

MLLC 220. Individual Study 0.25 to 1.0 course credit

Students arrange appropriate sophomore-level independent study projects with
individual instructors in their major language.

MLLC 320. Individual Study 0.25 to 1.0 course credit

Students arrange appropriate junior-level independent study projects with individual instructors in their major language.

MLLC 420. Individual Study 0.25 to 1.0 course credit

Students arrange appropriate senior-level independent study projects with individual instructors in their major language.

MLLC 494. Internship in Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures1.0 course credit

This course is an internship in Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Interns may work in a variety of settings, including such areas as business, health, government, law, public relations, education, physical education, journalism, community development and translation. Internships must be arranged, approved and monitored by an MLLC faculty member.