Major

A minimum of eleven courses beyond the 100-level, including 236, one course in Francophone studies, and two 300-level courses taken on the Carlisle campus during the senior year, one of which must be a senior seminar. One of the 11 courses may take the following form: (1) an internship completed in Toulouse; or (2) a course taken in France or in Cameroon in which more than 50% o course content is related to either French or Francophone area or issues; or (3) For students who do not study abroad, one course in another department on the Carlisle campus in which a substantial portion of the content is related to French or Francophone areas or issues. If this course is available as a FLIC in French, students are required to do the reading and written assignments in French. Students will consult with the department chair regarding the suitability of the course to meet the French or Francophone studies requirement.

Minor

Five courses beyond the 100-level, including 236.

Suggested curricular flow through the major

First Year
FREN 116, 230
or FREN 230,236
or FREN 236 followed by FREN 240, or 245, or 246
NOTE: Entrance level dependent on the results of a placement examination

Sophomore Year
FREN 230, 236
or FREN 236 followed by FREN 240, or 245, or 246

Junior Year
Study in Toulouse, France, and/or Yaoundé, Cameroon
or two 300-level courses

Senior Year
Two 300-level courses including one Senior Seminar
Related electives (e.g. language and literary studies, international studies, History of Moder France, Medieval History, Art History)
NOTE: Normally French majors may not take 200-level courses their senior year.

Independent study and independent research

Students interested in Independent Study or Independent Research in French should consult with the faculty member with whom they hope to work. Independent Study may not duplicate a class already being offered in a particular semester. Independent Research is usually reserved for the senior year and may be carried out over one or two semesters for one or more credits. An independent research project comprises a substantial paper written in French, with an oral defense at its completion. The project is supervised by two members in the department. When independent research is interdisciplinary in nature, a third faculty member from outside the department is invited to participate.

Honors

Departmental honors in French are normally granted to students who have completed independent research projects and, after an oral defense, receive an A or A-.

Internships

Internships may be available for interested students. The Department chairperson or the Coordinator in Toulouse should be consulted for information. Some students have served as interns in Carlisle with the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and at the French Embassy in Washington, DC. Students on the Dickinson in France program have interned in Business and Marketing, Public Administration, Applied Sciences and Medicine, The Arts, The Media, and Education.

Opportunities for off-campus study

Junior Year: All students intending to major in French are strongly urged to plan their program of studies to allow for study abroad during the junior year at Dickinson's Study Center in Toulouse, France and/or in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The coordinators for Dickinson programs in these countries should be consulted with any questions.

Summer Immersion Program: The French Department occasionally offers a five-week student immersion program in Toulouse, depending upon student interest. This program, which has a prerequisite of 116 (Intermediate French), is of particular interest to French minors. The Department chairperson should be contacted for additional information.

Co-curricular activities/programs

The French department encourages participation in its co-curricular activities. The department sponsors a French language table where students and faculty meet once a week to share a meal and informal discussion in French. Each year the French department brings to campus French students from the University of Toulouse, who live in the Romance Language House and serve as resource persons to students interested in the language. The Club Français sponsors films, videos, field trips, lectures and special events.

Courses

The following courses are offered in Toulouse, the prerequisite for which is French 236, except for French 220:

220 Language and Civilization Immersion
An intensive language and civilization course designed to increase oral proficiency, improve written expression, and develop cross-cultural observation skills through immersion in the Toulouse region. Social and cultural phenomena will be studied through interaction with French families, directed observation at a variety of sites, participation in class activities, and tutorials. The exclusive use of French during the five and one-half week immersion is expected of all students. Designed as content-based and writing intensive, the course emphasizes the teaching of language through a unified subject matter. This approach allows students to benefit from maximum exposure to the French language while they build their content knowledge of the French-speaking world through the study of a specific topic. Students will develop a study-abroad portfolio.
Prerequisite: 116 or its equivalent. This course is writing intensive. Offered only in summer at the Dickinson Study Center in Toulouse. This course meets the equivalent of FREN 230 (on-campus gateway to the major) and can count towards the major or minor in French.

 

255 French Literature & Society
A historically differentiated interpretation of French culture through examination of French literature from the Middle Ages to the present in conjunction with study of political, economic, and social structures of each period. Intellectual and artistic currents that inform and are informed by these structures. Introduction of new critical perspectives such as psychoanalytical and structuralist literary theory.
Offered only at the Dickinson Study Center in Toulouse. These courses fulfill the DIV I.b. distribution requirement.

 

256 French Literature & Society II
A historically differentiated interpretation of French culture through examination of French literature from the Middle Ages to the present in conjunction with study of political, economic, and social structures of each period. Intellectual and artistic currents that inform and are informed by these structures. Introduction of new critical perspectives such as psychoanalytical and structuralist literary theory.
Offered only at the Dickinson Study Center in Toulouse. These courses fulfill the DIV I.b. distribution requirement.

 

260 Writing Workshop
Offers a reinforcement of French written skills through practice in lexical expansion, idiomatic expression, and syntactical patterns. Students are given the tools necessary (vocabulary, syntax, grammar) to free and enrich their writing styles, primarily through creative writing. Exposition to various literary forms taken from French art and culture (literature, painting, music, theater, cinema) is an additional component.
One credit. Mandatory course offered each semester at the Dickinson Study Center in Toulouse.


273 Topics in Applied French
Continued study of the French language designed to take advantage of issues of current interest in French society or culture (e.g., electoral seasons, important historical commemorations, current social or cultural controversies). Ample opportunity for written work and discussion of the topic chosen.
One-half course credit. Offered only at the Dickinson Study Center in Toulouse.

 

300 The Toulouse Colloquium
An interdisciplinary colloquium focusing on the history and contemporary culture of the city of Toulouse. This course is composed of intensive written and oral language study, and introduction to French university methods of argumentation, visits of local museums and regional cities, and exploration of the various neighborhoods of Toulouse. This course is designed to acquiant students with the city and the region in which they will be spending the academic year.
One-half course credit. Offered every semester at the Dickinson Study Center in Toulouse.

 

320 Topics in Intercultural Communication
Contemporary French society examined through theoretical reading and discussion as well as directed experiential observation. Explicit reference to French and American perceptions of cultural concepts so as to provide ideas, insights, and methods by which to understand and analyze the two societies. Readings, reports, discussions, field projects, and use of local resources comprise the work of the course.
Offered only at the Dickinson Study Center in Toulouse.

 

French Courses

101 Elementary French
Complete first-year course. Intensive study of the fundamentals of French grammar, with special attention given to pronunciation and oral expression. Cultural readings in the context of language acquisition.

104 Elementary French
Complete first-year course. Intensive study of the fundamentals of French grammar, with special attention given to pronunciation and oral expression. Cultural readings in the context of language acquisition.
101 or the equivalent.

116 Intermediate French
Intensive second-year study of French, with attention to grammar review, conversation, reading in a cultural context and some writing.
Prerequisite: 104 or the equivalent.

230 Communication in French and Francophone Contexts
Intensive oral and written practice of French in the context of issues and themes such as a sense of place, the lessons of time, the social contract, and intellectual and artistic life. This course makes use of texts, films, multi media and interactive computer strategies in the development of conversational and writing skills. Intended as the gateway to the major or minor in French and Francophone Studies.
Prerequisite: 116 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the WR graduation requirement.

236 Introduction to Cultural Analysis
An introduction to the practice of reading and writing about French and francophone themes in an analytical and contextualized way. This course considers how cultural production conveys ideologies, values and norms expressed in both historical and contemporary contexts. Normally offered as writing-intensive.
Prerequisite: 230. This course fulfills the WR graduation requirement.

240 French Identity
This course examines the representation of French identity from its origins in the Ancien Régime to its present forms. Examples are drawn from history and human geography, politics, economics, aesthetics, religion, and philosophy. Depending on the instructor, these may include, for example, the representation of the State, the tension between Paris and the provinces, the semiotics of social rituals, and other subjects of cultural study.
Prerequisite: 236 or permission of instructor.

245 Contemporary Issues in French Society
Designed to give students an understanding of the main tensions and controversies of contemporary French culture. Focusing on political, social, and economic topics such as Americanization, regionalism, immigration, France's place in the European Union, the course should facilitate acculturation in France or provide an academic substitute for that experience.
Prerequisite: 236.

246 Introduction to Francophone Cultures
This course explores the relationship between literature and Francophone cultures (Vietnam, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa). Topics include: "Négritude," the negro-African identity, "cultural métissage," the status of women, the dialogue between tradition and modernity, independence, and post-colonial disillusionment. Historical overview of the international context of Francophonie will be examined through short stories, novels, poems, critical essays, feature and documentary films.
Prerequisite: 236. This course fulfills the DIV I.b. distribution requirement and Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement.

352 Classical Theatre and Social Myths
This course studies the theatre as an ideological instrument, asking how the plays of 17th century France reinforce, modify, or undermine the ways in which society sees itself. Myths addressed include those concerning gender, monarchy, class structure, and the power of language. The ideological work of the stage is related to such historical developments as the rise of absolutism and attempts to stimulate the French economy. Plays by Corneille, Racine, and Moliere and the principal texts, along with selections from the major moralists.
Prerequisite: 255, or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor. Offered every other year. This course fulfills the DIV I.b. distribution requirement.

354 Reason and Revolution
The Enlightenment: a century of intellectual ferment which challenged the values of the establishment and swept them away in a revolution. Montesquieu, Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau. Offered on occasion as a bilingual course in French and English.
Prerequisite: 255, or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor. Offered every other year.

357 Romantics, Realists, and Rebels: 19th-century French Novel and Poetry
An investigation of the major literary movements and authors of the century, to include the theory and practice of romanticism and realism in French letters; reaction to society by authors in revolt against bourgeois standards, and in pursuit of new modes of literary expression.
Prerequisite: 256, or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor. Offered every other year. This course fulfills the DIV I.b. distribution requirement.

358 Contemporary Fiction and Film
Studies in the theory and evolution of narrative in the 20th century, with particular attention to issues of language, identity, difference and power. This course looks at a selection of novels and films as scenes for the practice of writing as cultural resistance.
Prerequisite: 256, or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor. Offered every other year. This course fulfills the DIV I.b. distribution requirement.

361 French Literature in the Renaissance
Major works from prose, poetry, and theatre, with particular emphasis on Rabelais and the development of humanism, the theory and practice of the Pléiade, and Montaigne.
Prerequisite: 255, or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor. Offered every other year. This course fulfills the DIV I.b. distribution requirement.

362 Seminar in French and Francophone Literatures
A thorough investigation of a major figure or important literary trend (chosen at the discretion of the instructor and in consultation with the majors) in French or Francophone literature with emphasis on seminar reports and discussion. Recent themes have been Femmes, Film, Fiction; Love or Marriage in 17th and 18th century literature; Relations Between the Sexes; Francophone Novelists of the African Diaspora.
Prerequisite: 245 or 246, or at least a semester of study in Toulouse or Yaoundé, or permission of the instructor. Priority given to senior majors in French. This course fulfills the DIV I.b. distribution requirement.

363 Topics in French and Francophone Cultures
In-depth analysis and discussion of selected aspects of French and Francophone cultures not normally covered in other advanced offerings. Recent topics have included Cinema and Society, Introduction to Sociolinguistics, The French Press, Post-War France, Global Sororities.
Prerequisites: 245 or 246, or at least a semester of study in Toulouse or Yaoundé, or permission of the instructor. Priority given to senior majors in French.

364 Topics in French and Francophone Literatures
In-depth analysis and discussion of selected areas of French and Francophone literature not normally covered in other advanced offerings. Recent topics have included Literature of Immigration, Love Letters; Hate Mail, French Theater & Society.
Prerequisite: 245 or 246, or at least a semester of study in Toulouse or Yaoundé, or permission of the instructor. Priority given to senior majors in French. This course fulfills the DIV I.b. distribution requirement.

365 Seminar in French and Francophone Civilizations
Investigation of a broad theme or selected area of French or Francophone civilization through pertinent readings, media forms and research in both literary and non-literary materials. Past topics have included America Through French Eyes, L'Entre-deux-guerres, Francophone Diaspora, Remembering Vichy.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: 245 or 246, or at least a semester of study in Toulouse or Yaoundé, or permission of the instructor. Priority given to senior majors in French.