French Minor

The curriculum of the department of languages is designed to introduce all Drury students to selected languages of the world and their cultural and literary traditions. Language majors are prepared for graduate studies and also for careers in a variety of fields including teaching, international business and foreign service. We offer majors and minors in French and Spanish. French majors and minors are strongly urged to earn some of the required credits through an approved program in a French-speaking country.

Requirements are 15 hours of approved FREN courses at the 200 level or above. 

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

Choose one (3 hrs.): 

FREN 301: French Grammar and Composition
3 credit 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 380: Advanced International Language Study – French
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: FREN 101, FREN 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.

Choose 12 hours from the following: 

FREN 201: Intermediate French III
3 credit 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 credit 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 230: French Beyond France: Cultural Identity in the Francophone World
3 credit 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 301: French Grammar and Composition
3 credit 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 credit 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 credit 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 credit hours

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

FREN 311: French Pronunciation and Phonetics
1 credit hours

Prerequisite: FREN 310.
Continuation of FREN 310.

FREN 312: French Pronunciation and Phonetics
1 credit hours

Prerequisite: FREN 310.
Continuation of FREN 310.

FREN 314 : Community Service in French
1 credit hours

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 credit 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 credit hours

A survey of French and Francophone writers such as Chre?tien de Troyes, Molie?re, Balzac, Flaubert, Camus, Sartre, Maryse Conde? 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 credit 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 credit 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.This course has been approved as an 
Honors qualified course.

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

Prerequisite: FREN 101, FREN 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 466: Genre Study: French Prose
3 credit hours

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

FREN 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics
1-3 credit 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, 391, 491: Research
Variable credit 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.

FREN 397, 497: Internship
Variable credit 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.