French (FREN)

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FREN 101  First-Semester French  4 Units  GC, GE  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
Introduction to French language and culture. Emphasis on the fundamental skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing French. 2 hours activity, 3 hours discussion.  (003787)  
General Education: Humanities (C2)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 4 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division; Global Cultures  
FREN 102  Second-Semester French  4 Units  GC, GE  
Prerequisite: FREN 101 or equivalent.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
Continuation of FREN 101. Emphasis on the fundamental skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing French. 2 hours activity, 3 hours discussion.  (003792)  
General Education: Humanities (C2)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 4 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division; Global Cultures  
FREN 198  Special Topics  1-3 Units  
Prerequisite: Department permission.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours supervision.  (003804)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course more than once  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
FREN 201  Third-Semester French  4 Units  GC, GE  
Prerequisite: FREN 102 or equivalent.  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
Reviewing and expanding of language skills and cultural concepts introduced in FREN 101 and FREN 102. This course includes composition and reading. 2 hours activity, 3 hours discussion.  (003795)  
General Education: Humanities (C2)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 4 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division; Global Cultures  
FREN 202  Fourth-Semester French  4 Units  GC, GE  
Prerequisite: FREN 201 or equivalent.  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
Reviewing and expanding of language skills and cultural concepts introduced in FREN 101, FREN 102, and FREN 201. This course includes composition and reading. 2 hours activity, 3 hours discussion.  (003794)  
General Education: Humanities (C2)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 4 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division; Global Cultures  
FREN 299  Special Problems  1-3 Units  
Prerequisite: Faculty permission.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 3 hours supervision.  (020837)  
Grade Basis: Credit/No Credit  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 6 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
FREN 301  Composition and Conversation  3 Units  
Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent.  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
See description below. 3 hours discussion.  (003805)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
FREN 302  Composition and Conversation  3 Units  
Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent.  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
See description below. 3 hours discussion.  (003806)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
FREN 303  Composition and Conversation  3 Units  
Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent.  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
FREN 301 - FREN 303: Practice in speaking, writing, and reading. Focus on the development and accurate use of complex language patterns. These courses are non-sequential. 3 hours discussion.  (003807)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
FREN 310  Business French  3 Units  
Prerequisite: FREN 202 or three years of high school French or equivalent.  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
A survey of French business practices. Designed for students interested in international business or affairs, or who intend to travel for business in French-speaking countries. The course includes films, readings, and class discussion focusing on the economic, political, and social aspects of French culture. 3 hours discussion.  (003809)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
FREN 330  French Culture and Civilization  3 Units  
Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent.  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
An introduction to French history and geography as well as French art, literature, philosophy, education, economy, social classes, and politics. 3 hours discussion.  (003812)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
FREN 340  Survey of French Literature  3 Units  
Prerequisite: FREN 301, FREN 302, or FREN 303.  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
A survey of French literature with special emphasis on genres, literary techniques, and methods of analysis, early French literature to the French Revolution. 3 hours discussion.  (003815)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
FREN 345  Survey of French Literature  3 Units  
Prerequisite: FREN 301, FREN 302, or FREN 303.  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
A survey of French literature with special emphasis on genres, literary techniques, and methods of analysis, Romantic to Contemporary Period. 3 hours discussion.  (003816)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
FREN 398  Special Topics  1-3 Units  
Prerequisite: Department permission.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 1 hour seminar.  (003824)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course more than once  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
FREN 399  Special Problems  1-3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision.  (003825)  
Grade Basis: Credit/No Credit  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 6 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
FREN 420  French Linguistics  3 Units  
Prerequisite: Six units from FREN 301, FREN 302, or FREN 303.  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
This course introduces students to the study of linguistics as it relates to French. Topics include the evolution of the language from Latin to modern French, as well as historical and contemporary states of the language as they relate to phonology, morphology, and semantics. Practical application of knowledge, and the improvement of students' pronunciation, are stressed. Taught in French. 3 hours lecture.  (003834)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
FREN 440  The French Theater  3 Units  
Prerequisite: FREN 301, FREN 302, or FREN 303.  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
Varying content may emphasize the historical development of the theater or may choose the work of a single author. 3 hours discussion.  (003826)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
FREN 445  Francophone Literatures and Societies  3 Units  
Prerequisite: FREN 301, FREN 302, or FREN 303.  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
This course involves study of literature and society in Francophone Africa from the Maghreb (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria) through Senegal and West Africa to Madagascar and the Reunion Island, New France (Quebec), the French Caribbean, the South Pacific (Tahiti), and Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia). 3 hours seminar.  (003828)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
FREN 460  The Nineteenth Century  3 Units  
Prerequisite: Six units from FREN 301, FREN 302, FREN 303; FREN 340 or FREN 345.  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
Study of the various literary movements across the century (romanticism, Parnasse, realism, naturalism, symbolism) in both prose and poetry. 3 hours discussion.  (003819)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
FREN 480  French Cinema  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
An introduction to French cinema as a narrative form, with emphasis on key films and directors from various periods of French film history. The class is taught in English. All films have English subtitles. 3 hours discussion.  (003813)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
FREN 497W  Writing Proficiency (W)  3 Units  W, GW  
Prerequisite: GE Written Communication (A2) requirement; upper-division standing; completion of 6 units FREN 301, FREN 302, FREN 303; FREN 340 and FREN 345, or equivalent.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course allows students the opportunity to bring together a body of knowledge in French and to solidify it by analyzing and drawing conclusions from a variety of written sources in French and to write arguments about them in English. Writing essays in English for different sorts of potential audiences, students have ample opportunity to progress towards professional level writing so that students demonstrate writing proficiency in English about French. 3 hours discussion.  (003823)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division; Writing Course; Graduation Writing Assessment  
FREN 498  Special Topics  1-3 Units  
Prerequisite: Department permission.  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 1 hour seminar.  (003844)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course more than once  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
FREN 499  Special Problems  1-3 Units  
Prerequisite: Faculty permission.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 3 hours supervision.  (003845)  
Grade Basis: Credit/No Credit  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 6 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
FREN 499H  Senior Honors Thesis  3 Units  
Prerequisite: Six units in FREN 301, FREN 302, FREN 303; 12 other upper-division French units; a grade-point average in the top 5% of French majors; an interview; faculty permission.  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
Intensive study of scholarly approaches to problems in French language, literature or culture and training in the use of secondary sources to back up original ideas, leading to the production and public presentation of a scholarly project involving substantial research and earning a grade of B or higher for the designation of Honors in the Major. To be taken under faculty supervision for a total of six units in consecutive semesters. 9 hours supervision.  (003847)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 6 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
FREN 697  Independent Study  1-3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is a graduate-level independent study offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision.  (003853)  
Grade Basis: Report in Progress: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 6 units  
Course Attributes: Graduate Division  
FREN 699T  Masters Thesis  1-3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
9 hours supervision.  (020932)  
Grade Basis: Report in Progress: CR/NC  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Graduate Division