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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2010

August 20-22 MBA Orientation
August 25-29 Wolfpack Welcome
August 30 Classes begin
September 3 Add deadline
October 29 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 10 Last day of classes
December 11-17 Final Exams

Spring Term 2011

January 8 New Student Orientation; MBA Orientation
January 10 Classes begin
January 14 Add deadline
March 4 Last day to withdraw
May 4 Last day of classes for undergraduate students
May 5 Last day of classes for graduate students
May 6-12 Final Exams for day division
May 9-12 Final Exams for graduate and evening students
May 14 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin

Humanities and Natural Sciences

FREN A100 First-year French I 3 crs.

This course focuses on the fundamental structure of the language. Development of the four basic skills–comprehension, speaking, reading, writing–are of primary concern.

FREN A101 First-year French II 3 crs.

This course is a continuation in appropriation of the four basic skills with emphasis on correct pronunciation and the acquisition of fundamental vocabulary.

Prerequisite: FREN A100 or equivalent.

FREN A200 Second-year French I 3 crs.

Development of basic language skills continues with emphasis on complete grammar review and on the acquisition and use of new vocabulary in cultural contexts. Reading and discussion of articles and other writings are undertaken with grammatical exercises and short compositions based on cultural topics.

Prerequisite: FREN A101 or equivalent.

FREN A201 Second-year French II 3 crs.

This course consists of readings and discussion in the language of literary and cultural texts. Students will write short essays based on the readings and demonstrate use of basic techniques of textual analysis through discussion and in writing.

Prerequisite: FREN A200 or equivalent.

FREN A300 Advanced Grammar and Composition 3 crs.

This course reviews intensively the structure of the language and of idiomatic expressions. Daily translations and frequent original compositions are required.

Prerequisite: FREN A201 or equivalent.

FREN A301 Advanced Conversation and Phonetics 3 crs.

The student will acquire an extensive working vocabulary and fluency through conversation, reading, and discussion of cultural texts. French phonetics and its application to the improvement of pronunciation are also studied.

Prerequisite: FREN A201 or equivalent.

FREN A315 Analysis of French Texts 3 crs.

This course discusses specific techniques of intensive reading and analysis through an in-depth study of a variety of short texts in French chosen to represent various discourse styles, periods, genres, themes, and traditions from both French and Francophone cultural milieux. Special emphasis is on training students in the commentaire or explication de texte.

Prerequisite: FREN A201 or equivalent.

FREN A320 Culture and Civilization I 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to French civilization from Lascaux and Gallo-Roman times to the 18th century. It includes the study of the geography of the French hexagon, from the centrality of Paris to the regionalism of the provinces. Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque art and music are discussed.

Prerequisite: FREN A201 or equivalent.

FREN A321 Culture and Civilization II 3 crs.

This course is a study of the important historical events from the 18th century to present day and social and economic changes beginning with the Revolution of 1789. The nature and development of French aesthetics and artistic traditions in painting, sculpture, and music will be presented, along with current topics including education, and the politics of modern-day France.

Prerequisite: FREN A201 or equivalent.

FREN A330 Introduction to French Literature I 3 crs.

This course is a survey of the chief literary currents and principal authors from the Middle Ages through the 18th century.

Prerequisite: FREN A201 or equivalent.

FREN A331 Introduction to French Literature II 3 crs.

This course is a survey of the chief literary currents and principal authors of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Prerequisite: FREN A201 or equivalent.

FREN A351 Enlightenment and Pre-Romanticism 3 crs.

Major trends and ideas in 18th-century literature are examined. Emphasis is on the works of the philosophes and on the development of the novel.

Prerequisite: At least one 300-level course or the equivalent.

FREN A352 19th-century Prose 3 crs.

This course involves readings in French theory and in the novels of Balzac, Flaubert, Sand, Stendhal, and Zola. Texts may change.

Prerequisite: At least one 300-level course or the equivalent.

FREN A353 20th-century Prose 3 crs.

This course involves readings in French theory and in the works of Bernanos, Butor, Camus, Gide, Malraux, Proust, and Sartre. Texts may change.

Prerequisite: At least one 300-level course or the equivalent.

FREN A354 Introduction to French Poetry 3 crs.

This course centers on the reading and analysis of poems reflecting the major currents in French poetry from Lamartine, Baudelaire, and Mallarmé to the more recent work of Perse and Ponge.

Prerequisite: At least one 300-level course or equivalent.

FREN A355 Introduction to French Theatre 3 crs.

This course is a chronological view of the development of French drama from its origins to the 20th century through the intensive study of representative dramatists and their handling of the elements of theatre.

Prerequisite: FREN A201 or equivalent.

FREN A360 Rousseau 3 crs.

This course focuses on the life, writings, and major contributions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Prerequisite: At least one 300-level course or the equivalent.

FREN A495 Special Project 1 cr.

Capstone course required of all seniors. Student will work independently on a research paper in conjunction with a regular advanced course, and under the supervision of a professor. Capstone work should reflect the skills and knowledge the student has acquired as a Foreign Language major.

FREN A496 Seminar/Workshop arr.

A seminar is a supervised group of students sharing the results of their research on a common topic. A workshop is a supervised group of students participating in a common effort.

FREN A497 Internship/ Practicum arr.

An internship is supervised practical experience. A practicum is supervised practical application of previously studied theory.

FREN A498 Senior Thesis arr.

FREN A499 Independent Study arr.

FREN G105 Survival French 1 cr.

Taught in France as part of the Paris Summer Program, this course emphasizes oral communication skills which will be put into practice in daily life. Vocabulary and some simplified grammar are taught as well. Appropriate for beginners and those who have some knowledge of French.

FREN V140 France and the Modern Experience 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Humanities/Arts Modern

This course will examine Paris as a major cultural center in Europe during the period of 1900 to 1950. We will study the milieux and the works of modern writers and artists, focusing on intellectual and artistic concepts which have come to define modernism. When taught in Paris, the course makes use of museums and sites as resources.