French Program

  • Department Information

    French Program

    Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

    Françoise Ravaux-Kirkpatrick, Section Coordinator
    Professors Kapanga, Ravaux-Kirkpatrick
    Associate Professors Delers, Pappas, Radi
    Director of Intensive Language Program Baker
    Director of Global Studio Marsh-Soloway

    This section contains information specific to the degree programs in French. For full information regarding departmental policies relevant to all the LLC degree programs, study abroad, and course sequencing, see the main page of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

  • Major

    The French Major

    Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the major must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade below C- (1.70). Majors must take at least one 400-level class on campus after studying abroad, regardless of whether or not they have sufficient credits to fulfill the major requirements.

    Nine courses, including:

    FREN 305 Writing in French through Culture and Literature

    One course, chosen from:

    FREN 301 French Conversation through Cinema

    FREN 304 French Grammar Review

    FREN 306 French at Work

    FREN 311 French and Francophone Cultures

    Two courses, chosen from:

    FREN 320 The Individual in Society

    FREN 324 Francophone Literatures and Cultures

    FREN 325 Medieval and Early Modern Society

    FREN 326 Revolution in France

    FREN 327 The Question of Modernity

    FREN 328  Introduction to Magrhebian Literature and Culture

    Four 400-level courses, at least three of which are numbered 411 or higher

    One unit elective at the 300 or 400 level (may be an LLC course with CLAC component)

    Students are expected to fulfill all prerequisites necessary for courses within the major. Prerequisites do not count toward the major unless otherwise noted.

    The Residency Requirement

    For all French majors, at least five of the nine courses required for the major must be taken on the University of Richmond campus. French majors and minors must take at least one 400-level class on campus after studying abroad, regardless of whether or not they have sufficient credits to fulfill the major or minor requirements.

  • Minor

    The French Minor

    Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the minor must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade below C- (1.70). Minors must take at least one 400-level class on campus after studying abroad, regardless of whether or not they have sufficient credits to fulfill the minor requirements.

    Five courses, including:

    FREN 305 Writing in French through Culture and Literature

    One course, chosen from:

    FREN 301 French Conversation through Cinema

    FREN 304 French Grammar Review

    FREN 306 French at Work

    FREN 311 French and Francophone Cultures

    Two courses, chosen from:

    FREN 320 The Individual in Society

    FREN 324 Francophone Literatures and Cultures

    FREN 325 Medieval and Early Modern Society

    FREN 326 Revolution in France

    FREN 327 The Question of Modernity

    FREN 328  Introduction to Magrhebian Literature and Culture

    One 400-level course

    Students are expected to fulfill all prerequisites necessary for courses within the minor. Prerequisites do not count toward the minor unless otherwise noted.

    The Residency Requirement

    For all French majors, at least five of the nine courses required for the major must be taken on the University of Richmond campus. French majors and minors must take at least one 400-level class on campus after studying abroad, regardless of whether or not they have sufficient credits to fulfill the major or minor requirements.

  • Residency

  • Study Abroad

    Study Abroad

    Study and travel abroad are strongly encouraged for all students. For students of French, the department offers a summer study program in La Rochelle, France. In addition, there are exchange agreements for study during the academic year in France, Switzerland, and West and North Africa. For a complete list, contact the Office of International Education. Students majoring and minoring in French are strongly encouraged to complete one course in the French 320 series before studying abroad; minimally students should have completed French 305. For information on transferring courses for the French major and minor, contact Dr. Kapanga or Dr. Pappas.

  • Cross School

    The French Major/International Business Option

    (Earned in conjunction with a major in the Robins School of Business with an international business concentration.)

    Nine courses and an interdisciplinary research project in addition to completing all requirements of the international business concentration for the business administration major including:

    Three 300-level courses (at least one FSLT), normally taken prior to study abroad

    Two 400-level seminars following required study abroad

    One semester full-time study at an approved business school (with all-French curriculum) in a French-speaking country (four courses)

    IDST 379 Interdisciplinary Research Project

    The French major/international business option represents a collaborative project between the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in the School of Arts and Sciences and the International Business Program in the Robins School of Business. Designated faculty members from each program will advise students upon declaration and as they progress through the major. The curriculum includes a semester abroad at one of the University's partner institutions with all-French curriculum (for example, ESSEC, Rouen Business School, or Université Catholique de Lille). There, students will continue their business concentrations in classes with both local and other international students.

    To prepare for the experience abroad, students will have a solid base of 300-level French courses taken on the Richmond campus. Upon return, they will broaden their knowledge of literary and cultural studies through advanced seminars as well as additional Robins School of Business coursework. The French component of this program thus consists of five courses taken on campus plus four or five courses taken abroad, or the equivalent of a nine-course major in LLC.

  • Honors

    Honors Program

    The French Honors Program is designed for outstanding students with intellectual initiative and the desire to pursue academic achievement beyond the level of standard course work. Students will engage in independent research and work closely with a faculty advisor on an Honors Thesis during their senior year.

    Eligibility and Admission

    To qualify for the Honors Program in French, a student should have:

    • 18.5 or more units completed overall
    • At least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average for all courses, and a 3.50 cumulative grade point average for French courses

    A student who does not meet these qualifications may be admitted to the Program with the special recommendation of the faculty of the French section of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and the approval of the Faculty Committee on the Honors Program. To enter the Honors Program, students must submit to the Honors coordinator of the French program a letter of intent, with nominating support from one faculty member, by March 15 of their junior year. Each student will be assigned an Honors research advisor with whom he or she will design a program of study that indicates how the student's Honors Program will be accomplished. 

    Program Requirements

    To receive credit for the Honors Program, the student must:

    • Fulfill the normal requirements for the B.A. in French.
    • Take two 400-level French courses on campus for Honors credit. These courses will require extra work (supplementary readings and/or assignments, independent research on a topic related to the course, for instance). The extra work will be decided by the course instructor and vetted by the French Honors coordinator to ensure consistency.
    • Take FREN 491 (Honor Thesis I, 0.5 unit, fall of senior year) and FREN 492 (Honors Thesis 2, 1 unit, spring of senior year) in order to complete a 25-30 page Honors Thesis written in French. This thesis will be based on extensive research and make an original contribution to French and Francophone studies. The student and his or her advisor should develop a schedule to meetings and assessment that they find appropriate and meet at least once a month. Honors students must present their thesis at the French Studies symposium at the end of their senior year. They are also strongly encouraged to apply for a Summer Research Fellowship during their junior year. The thesis will be graded by at least two readers, including the student's thesis advisor.

    Students may withdraw at any time. If they do not complete required additional work or maintain an overall 3.3 grade point average and a 3.5 grade point average for French coursework, students will not receive credit for the Honors Program, and the department will submit a request for withdrawal to the Faculty Committee on the Honors Program.

Courses

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  • FREN 121 Intensive Elementary French

    Units: 2

    Description

    Introduction to French language and culture. Emphasis on oral communication. Development of elementary reading and writing skills.

    Prerequisites

    Permission of department.

  • FREN 221 Intensive Intermediate French

    Units: 2

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (COM2)

    Description

    Reinforcement of communicative language skills. Increased emphasis on reading, writing, and culture.

    Prerequisites

    French 121 or equivalent.

  • FREN 301 French Conversation through Cinema

    Units: 1

    Description

    Development of speaking ability in French, with stress upon vocabulary expansion, pronunciation and communicative accuracy, through representations of French culture in film.

    Prerequisites

    French 221 or permission of department.

  • FREN 304 French Grammar Review

    Units: 1

    Description

    An in-depth study of French grammar designed to improve the written expression of more advanced students in preparation for writing.

    Prerequisites

    French 301, 305, 306, 311, or permission of instructor.

  • FREN 305 Writing in French through Culture and Literature

    Units: 1

    Description

    Develops competent writing skills through topics in French and Francophone literature and culture. Students will engage in writing exercises in a variety of textual genres including essay, review, explication de texte (textual explication), and short paper.

    Prerequisites

    French 221 or permission of department.

  • FREN 306 French at Work

    Units: 1

    Description

    Task-based course designed to develop students' ability to interact in French situations specific to the workplace. Acquisition of business terminology and etiquette and exploration of cross-cultural differences, economic and political issues influencing business in the French-speaking world.

  • FREN 311 French and Francophone Culture

    Units: 1

    Description

    Exploration of significant themes and issues in contemporary French and Francophone cultures set in the context of French history and cultural traditions.

    Prerequisites

    French 221 or permission of department.

  • FREN 320 The Individual in Society

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)

    Description

    Introduces students to works of literature written in French from a variety of genres (poetry, prose, and theatre) and to critical writing in French.

    Prerequisites

    French 305 plus one of the following: French 301, 304, 306 or 311.

  • FREN 324 Francophone Cultures and Literatures

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)

    Description

    Explores contemporary Francophone literatures and cultures through texts by African, Caribbean, Maghrebian, and Canadian writers.

    Prerequisites

    FREN 305 and one of FREN 301, 304, 306, or 311.

  • FREN 325 The Origins of France

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)

    Description

    Studies in French literature, history, and culture from the Medieval period to the Enlightenment.

    Prerequisites

    FREN 305 and one of FREN 301, 304, 306, or 311

  • FREN 326 Revolution in France

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)

    Description

    Studies in French literature, history, and culture related to the concept of revolution with special emphasis on the Enlightenment and the 19th century.

    Prerequisites

    FREN 305 and one of FREN 301, 304, 306, or 311

  • FREN 327 The Question of Modernity

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)

    Description

    Studies in French literature, history, and culture related to modern French society and the French-speaking world.

    Prerequisites

    FREN 305 and one of FREN 301, 304, 306, or 311

  • FREN 328 Introduction to Magrhebian Literature and Culture

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement FSLT

    Description

    Explores contemporary Francophone literatures and cultures through texts and films by Maghrebian writers and filmmakers (North Africa, Lebanon and France).

    Prerequisites

    FREN 301 and 305

  • FREN 388 Individual Internship

    Units: .25-1

    Description

    Internship experience outside of the department in fields related to French studies. No more than 1.5 unit of internship in any one department and 3.5 units of internship overall may be counted toward required degree units.

    Prerequisites

    Permission of the department.

  • FREN 389 Practice Assistantship

    Units: .5

    Description

    Students lead practice sessions associated with the elementary and intermediate language sequence in French. The practice assistantship does not count as credit toward the major or minor. Up to one unit can be applied toward graduation credit.

    Prerequisites

    Permission of the department.

  • FREN 397 Selected Topics

    Units: 1

    Prerequisites

    French 221 or permission of department.

  • FREN 402 Advanced French Conversation

    Units: 1

    Description

    Development of advanced speaking skills beyond 301 level.

    Prerequisites

    French 301.

  • FREN 406 Summer Undergraduate Research

    Units: 0

    Description

    Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.

    Prerequisites

    Approval for summer Arts and Sciences fellowship by faculty mentor

  • FREN 412 French and Francophone Culture in Conversation

    Units: 1

    Description

    For advanced students of French. Further refines and enhances oral expression and explores topics in current events in the French and Francophone world and how those events relate to the past. Broaden vocabulary, hone grammatical precision, and expand the sophistication of spoken French. Critical analysis of French and Francophone cultural production through oral presentations and leading class discussion.

    Prerequisites

    FREN 320, 324, 325, 326, or 327.

  • FREN 414 Advanced French Grammar and Culture Studies

    Units: 1

    Description

    An in-depth review and focused investigation of French grammar and syntax designed to further refine and enhance the written expression of more advanced students of French. Also explores French grammar "in action" through personal and creative writing, the study of contemporary cultural issues, and consideration of the French language as alive and evolving.

    Prerequisites

    FREN 320, 324, 325, 326, or 327.

  • FREN 415 Traduction

    Units: 1

    Description

    Translation of literary, journalistic, and technical texts from French to English and English to French. Includes a community-based learning component (involving both linguistic and "cultural" translation), an introduction to interpreting techniques, and readings on different theories of translation.

    Prerequisites

    Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

  • FREN 420 The French Middle Ages

    Units: 1

    Description

    Analysis of issues such as morality and literacy, governance, social order, human values and ideals, authorship, gender, and artistic production as manifested in significant texts from the 11th to the 15th centuries.

    Prerequisites

    Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

  • FREN 421 Renaissance

    Units: 1

    Description

    Exploration of literature of a France transformed by Reformation and Renaissance: the poetry of love; devotion and play; the prose of wisdom.

    Prerequisites

    Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

  • FREN 422 Le Siècle Classique

    Units: 1

    Description

    Exploration of both triumphs and powerful tensions within 17th-century culture, with attention to such issues as political patronage of the arts, women intellectuals and salon culture, courtly life at Versailles, social satires of Molière, and place of dissent within the absolutist state.

    Prerequisites

    Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

  • FREN 423 Enlightenment

    Units: 1

    Description

    Literary and philosophical texts of 18th century, emphasizing questions on selfhood, social life, gender relations, and power. Topics include the libertine tradition, novel and society, women writers and Enlightenment's others.

    Prerequisites

    Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

  • FREN 424 From Romanticism to Decadence

    Units: 1

    Description

    Issues of gender, subjectivity, and socio-historical contexts in works by poets, novelists and historians in the numerous and varied cultural movements of 19th-century France. Recent topics include visual culture in 19th-century France and literary and cultural scandals.

    Prerequisites

    Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

  • FREN 461 From Modern to Postmodern

    Units: 1

    Description

    Trends in 20th century and contemporary French poetry, drama, and fiction, set in the context of painting, film and experimental art forms. Recent topics include otherness, gender, creativity, the nature of truth, and the quest for self-expression.

    Prerequisites

    Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

  • FREN 462 Contemporary Ideas

    Units: 1

    Description

    Readings and discussion of recent works which have provoked political or intellectual debate in France and the French-speaking world.

    Prerequisites

    Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

  • FREN 465 French Film

    Units: 1

    Description

    Survey of development of French cinema with emphasis on the contemporary period. Introduction to film aesthetics and film theories. Film topics include French current events and trends, personal and social challenges, ethnicity, women's issues, and historical or political perspectives.

    Prerequisites

    Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

  • FREN 467 French Culture in the Making: Conception and Actualization of a French Film Festival

    Units: 1

    Description

    Experience in the creation and preparation of a major cultural event on French cinema leading to significant enhancement of knowledge of French contemporary cinema and culture, substantial improvement of French language skills, and exposure to cultural management. Activities will be carried out in French and include writing, editing, translation and interpretation, film programming, advertisement and marketing development, outreach promotion, media relations at the local, national, and international levels, and event management. (Same as FMST 367.)

    Prerequisites

    Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

  • FREN 471 Francophone Studies

    Units: 1

    Description

    Literary and cultural studies of modern Francophone texts by African, Caribbean, Québecois, Maghrebian, and other French-speaking writers. Recent topics include: tradition, postcolonialism and modernity; aesthetics; négritude; and globalization.

    Prerequisites

    Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

  • FREN 480 Food: French and Italian Rituals

    Units: 1

    Description

    Examines the impact of food on French and Italian culture and society. Through literary texts, philosophy, history, film, and the visual and performing arts, explores the complex relationship between food, culture, and identity.

    Prerequisites

    Two courses in the FREN 320 series.

  • FREN 486 Paris as Visual Cliché

    Units: 1

    Description

    Examines a variety of visual clichés related to the city of Paris and analyzes them using literature, cultural studies, cultural theory, and visual analysis.

    Prerequisites

    Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.

  • FREN 491 Honors Thesis I

    Units: .5

    Description

    Research on a topic of interest, design of an original thesis and draft of a first version of the honors thesis under the supervision of a thesis's advisor. Graded Pass/Fail.

    Prerequisites

    Acceptance into French Honors Program

  • FREN 492 French Honors Thesis II

    Units: 1

    Description

    Completion of a 25-30 page honor thesis and presention of research at the French Studies Symposium.

    Prerequisites

    French 491

  • FREN 495 Independent Study

    Units: .5-1

    Description

    Special projects individually pursued under supervision of faculty member.

    Prerequisites

    Permission of department.

  • FREN 497 Selected Topics

    Units: 1

    Description

    Experimental topics based on student and faculty interests. Recent topics: autobiography, the emergence of drama, the letter in philosophy and literature, women writing in French.

    Prerequisites

    Two classes in the 320 series: French 320, 324, 325, 326, 327.