French Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses
FREN 101: Elementary French I. 3 hours.

For beginners. Designed to develop, with FREN 102, an elementary proficiency in French. This course provides instruction for and assesses students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening and provides an introduction to the cultures and cultural practices of the French?speaking world.

FREN 102: Elementary French II. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  FREN 101
A continuation of FREN 101, designed to continue the development of an elementary proficiency for producing and comprehending the French language. This course provides instruction for and assesses students’ reading, writing, speaking, listening and develops students’ knowledge of the cultures and cultural practices of the French?speaking world.

FREN 103: Tools of Elementary French I. 3 hours.

For beginners. Designed to develop, with FREN 104, an elementary proficiency in three of the five language and cultural skills covered in FREN 101. This course provides instruction for and assesses at least three of the following areas: students’ reading, writing, speaking, and listening in French and cultures and cultural practices of the French?speaking world.

FREN 104: Tools of Elementary French II. 3 hours.

A continuation of FREN 103, designed to continue the development of an elementary proficiency in three of the five language and cultural skills covered in FREN 102. This course provides instruction for and assesses at least three of the following areas: students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening in French and cultures and cultural practices of the French?speaking world.

FREN 110: Food for Thought: Cuisine and Culture in the French Speaking World. 3 hours.

This course examines French gastronomy as a significant cultural artifact and practice and explores its impact on the French?speaking world.

FREN 110: Food for Thought: Cuisine and Culture in the French Speaking World. 3 hours.

This course examines French gastronomy as a significant cultural artifact and practice and explores its impact on the French?speaking world.

200 Level Courses
FREN 201: Intermediate French III. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  FREN 102
Designed to develop, with FREN 202, a more advanced proficiency in French. This course provides instruction for and assesses students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening and provides a continuation of study of the cultures and cultural practices of the French-speaking world.

FREN 202: Intermediate French IV. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  FREN 201. 
A continuation of FREN 201, designed to continue the development of a more advanced proficiency in French. This course provides instruction for and assesses students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening and provides a continuation of study of the cultures and cultural practices of the French-speaking world.

FREN 203: Tools of Intermediate French III. 3 hours.

Designed to develop, with FREN 204, a more advanced proficiency in three of the five language and cultural skills covered in French 201. This course provides instruction for and assesses at least three of the following areas: students’ reading, writing, speaking, and listening in French and cultures and cultural practices of the French-speaking world.

FREN 204: Tools of Intermediate French IV. 3 hours.

A continuation of FREN 203, this course is designed to continue the development of a more advanced proficiency in three of the five language and cultural skills covered in FREN 202. This course provides instruction for and assesses at least three of the following areas: students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening in French and cultures and cultural practices of the French-speaking world.

FREN 230: French Beyond France: Cultural Identity in the Francophone World. 3 hours.

This course explores the essence of Francophone cultural identity around the world, from former colonies in Africa and North America to overseas territories in the Antilles and Pacific Islands.

FREN 280: International Language Study – French. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  FREN 101
Intensive study of French at the elementary level, undertaken as part of a Drury sponsored travel experience in a French-speaking country. Students can fulfill the foreign language requirement by passing FREN 101 and this course.

FREN 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.

FREN 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research. 1-12 hours.

Many academic departments offer special research or investigative projects beyond the regular catalog offering. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study that must be approved by a faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair. The faculty member will provide counsel through the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Students must register for research (291, 292, 391, 392, 491 or 492) to receive credit and are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form. It is recommended that students complete not more than 12 hours of research to apply toward the baccalaureate degree.

300 Level Courses
FREN 301: French Grammar and Composition. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  FREN 202. 
Advanced composition and oral communication. Includes a review of grammar and an introduction to culture in the French-speaking world.

FREN 302: French Culture and Civilization. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  FREN 202. 
A study of the history, geography, art, philosophy and government of Francophone countries. Further development of communicative skills emphasized. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

FREN 303: French Conversation. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  FREN 202. 
Intense practice in French conversation focusing on increasing and developing listening and communication skills.

FREN 310: French Pronunciation and Phonetics. 1 hour.

Prerequisite:  FREN 202. 
Introduction to basic phonetics and pronunciation rules in French, including the phonetic alphabet and phonetic transcription.

FREN 311: French Pronunciation and Phonetics. 1 hour.

Prerequisite: FREN 310. 
Continuation of FREN 310.

FREN 312: French Pronunciation and Phonetics. 1 hour.

Prerequisite: FREN 310. 
Continuation of FREN 310.

FREN 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319: Community Service in French. 1 hour.

Prerequisite: FREN 202. 
Individual service projects, designed in cooperation with a faculty member, through which students gain experience and help contribute to the learning of French language and culture in the local community. Required for majors and minors in French. S/U grading.

FREN 320: France Today: Who Are the French?. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  FREN 202. 
This course will explore various facets of contemporary French culture and place them in a broad historical context. The course is designed to help students understand the forces that have shaped and continue to shape French culture and France’s position globally.

FREN 330: Dangerous Liaisons: French Literature in Translation. 3 hours.

A survey of French writers such as Chrétien de Troyes, Molière, Balzac, Flaubert, Camus, Sartre, Maryse Condé and an investigation of literary movements: courtly romance, classicism, the Enlightenment, realism, romanticism, symbolism, existentialism and postcolonial discourse. The course is conducted in English; no previous knowledge of French is necessary.

FREN 344: Commercial French. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  FREN 202
A technical study of language for business purposes with particular emphasis on commercial correspondence.

FREN 351: Introduction to French Literature I. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  FREN 202. 
Literature in French from the Middle Ages to 1650. Major literary works of this period are read and discussed in French from a critical perspective. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

FREN 352: Introduction to French Literature II. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  FREN 202. 
Literature in French from 1650 to the present. Major literary works of this period are read and discussed in French from a critical perspective. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

FREN 380: Advanced International Language Study – French. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  FREN 101FREN 102. 
Intensive study of French at the intermediate level or above, undertaken as part of a Drury sponsored travel experience in a French?speaking country.

FREN 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship. Varies hours.

Interns must have at least 60 credit hours, completed appropriate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to registering for academic credit. Also, approval must be obtained from the student's faculty sponsor and required forms must be completed by the deadline. Note: *Architecture, Music Therapy and Education majors do not register internships through Career Planning & Development. These students need to speak with his/her advisor regarding credit requirements and options.

400 Level Courses
FREN 441: Advanced Studies: French Language and Literature. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  FREN 202. 
Special topics on rotation including history of France, translation, individual author study, literary movements or periods.

FREN 442: Advanced Studies: French Language and Literature. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  FREN 441 or permission of instructor. 
Special topics on rotation including history of France, translation, individual author study, literary movements or periods.

FREN 464: Genre Study: French Poetry. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  FREN 202. 
A survey of French poetry from Guillaume to Marcelin Pleynet, considering diction, imagery, rhythm and structure.

FREN 465: Genre Study: French Drama. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  FREN 202. 
A study of French drama from the medieval period to the present from such authors as Molière, Racine, Hugo, Sartre, Ionesco and Beckett.

FREN 466: Genre Study: French Prose. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  FREN 202. 
A study of representative novels in French, short stories and essays from such authors as Madame de La Fayette, Prévost, Stendhal, Gide, Camus and Condé.

FREN 493: Senior Seminar. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: FREN 202.
This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

FREN 494: Senior Seminar: French Literature. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: FREN 202.
This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.