Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

French - Courses

FR 101 Elementary French 1st Semester
French

Language as heard and spoken; development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing; five class hours weekly plus regular drill with language recordings.

Credits: 5
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


FR 102 Elementary French 2nd Semester
French

Language as heard and spoken; development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing; five class hours weekly plus regular drill with language recordings.

Credits: 5
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: FR 101



FR 104 Transitional Elementary French
French

One-semester review course designed for students who have taken the Regents exams, but who are not yet able to go into the second year of language study. Involves development of all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and, to some extent, writing), emphasizing the grammatical structures and vocabulary fundamental to simple, everyday conversation.

Credits: 5
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


FR 151 Intermediate French 1st Semester
French

Continuing study of the language, includes a brief review of basic elements and the introduction and practice of more precise linguistic features. Students further their listening and speaking skills through in-class activities, as well as independent work with sound files. Also develops students' reading and writing skills through the use of literary and cultural texts.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



FR 152 Intermediate French 2nd Semester
French

Continuing study of the language, including briefly reviewing basic elements and the introduction and practice of more precise linguistic features. Students further their listening and speaking skills through in-class activities, as well as independent work with sound files. Also develops students' reading and writing skills through the use of literary and cultural texts.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: FR 151


FR 211 Languages, Texts, and Contexts of the French-Speaking World I
French

This course is part of the FR 211-FR 213 three-course module through which linguistic proficiency, cultural fluency and critical thinking skills are reinforced and strengthened in a focused and sustained manner. The courses of this module can be taken in any order. This particular course enriches specific intermediate-level skills for more advanced use: it targets description (people, objects, places), summary and narration of events in all time frames, and articulation and defense of an opinion in conversation and debate. French 211s goals are achieved through reading, discussion and written analysis of narrative prose, poetry, and also film from the French-speaking world as well as public speaking. An increasingly nuanced mastery of grammar, style, expression and gesture through activities carefully aligned with the courses target areas also factors into the development of a critical voice and a sense of how meaning is created and transmitted.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: FR 151 and FR 152 strongly recommended or permission of the department



FR 212 Languages, Texts, and Contexts of the French-Speaking World II
French

This course is part of the FR 211-FR 213 three-course module through which linguistic proficiency, cultural fluency and critical thinking skills are reinforced and strengthened in a focused and sustained manner. The courses of this module can be taken in any order. This particular course enriches specific intermediate-level skills for more advanced use: it targets description (people, objects, places), summary and narration of events in all time frames, and articulation and defense of an opinion in conversation and debate. French 211s goals are achieved through reading, discussion and written analysis of narrative prose, poetry, and also film from the French-speaking world as well as public speaking. An increasingly nuanced mastery of grammar, style, expression and gesture through activities carefully aligned with the courses target areas also factors into the development of a critical voice and a sense of how meaning is created and transmitted.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: FR 151 and FR 152 strongly recommended or permission of the department


FR 213 Languages, Texts, and Contexts of the French-Speaking World III
French

This course is part of the FR 211-FR 213 three-course module through which linguistic proficiency, cultural fluency and critical thinking skills are reinforced and strengthened in a focused and sustained manner. The courses of this module can be taken in any order. This particular course enriches specific intermediate-level skills for more advanced use: it targets description (people, objects, places), summary and narration of events in all time frames, and articulation and defense of an opinion in conversation and debate. French 211s goals are achieved through reading, discussion and written analysis of narrative prose, poetry, and also film from the French-speaking world as well as public speaking. An increasingly nuanced mastery of grammar, style, expression and gesture through activities carefully aligned with the courses target areas also factors into the development of a critical voice and a sense of how meaning is created and transmitted.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: FR 151 and FR 152 strongly recommended strongly recommended or permission of the department.



FR 270 Intermediate Conversation
French

For majors and nonmajors who wish to enhance their spoken French by intensive listening and speaking activities. No credit toward French major. Develops understanding and speaking ability, and knowledge of contemporary France.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


FR 271 Business French
French

Builds on the language proficiency acquired in 100-level French courses by introducing students to the vocabulary, idiom, and social conventions they must master to function in a business setting in the French-speaking world. Expects students to demonstrate proficiency both in the language skills taught in the course and in knowledge of the European and non-European business context. Among the anticipated assignments are oral comprehension exercises based on French news broadcasts, drafting of several business letters in French, and short business-related papers. No credit toward French major.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



FR 301 Survey of French Literature I
French

Introduces students to major currents of French literature and thought in selected readings from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Classical period, and Enlightenment. The study of epic (La Chanson de Roland), romance (Yvain ou le chevalier au lion), autobiographical writing (Montaigne's Essais), classical tragedy and comedy (Racine and Molière), the novel (La Princesse de Clèves and Candide), philosophical writing (selections from Descartes, Pascal, and Rousseau), and poetry (selections from Charles d'Orléans, Villon, Du Bellay, and Ronsard) emphasizes both literary and philosophical traditions, as well as textual interpretation.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


FR 302 Survey of French Literature II
French

Acquaints students with the major literary movements from the French revolution through contemporary times. Examines a selection of works - including Romantic poetry of Hugo, Lamartine, and Vigny; theatre; Flaubert's Madame Bovary; and contemporary and avant-garde works - particularly emphasizing the relationship between text and context.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



FR 305 Readings from French Historians
French

Writings of selected French historians (e.g., Michelet, Thierry, Voltaire) or memorialists (e.g. Saint-Simon) in order to highlight rhetorical strategies to explore the linguisitic context of historical writing. Taught in French.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: Students must have completed two of the following courses FR 211, FR 212, FR 213


FR 331 Pre-Romanticism and Romanticism
French

Begins with the study of Madame de Stael's De l'Allemagne and Châteaubriand's René and Atala for a sense of the origins of French Romanticism. The study of texts by Stendhal, Balzac, and Hugo focuses on the Romantic search for inspiration in the subject's emotional life, in exotic settings, and in the wealth of national legend.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



FR 334 Poetry From Baudelaire to Surrealism
French

Surveys French poetry from 1857 - date of the publication of Les Fleurs du mal - to the years immediately following World War II when surrealism is on the decline. A series of schools, movements, and tendencies that constitute the historical frame of reference for the course characterizes the period, in which the works of poets who dominated the period are particularly emphasized.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


FR 338 Women Writers of Francophone Africa
French

Explores feminine writing - écriture féminine - as it has developed starting in the late 1970s in Francophone Africa. Focuses upon the differences between the concerns and themes voiced by African women writers and those raised by their male counterparts. Issues include religion, marriage, polygamy, education, the workplace, urban and rural life, love, and family life.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



FR 341 Topics in French Film
French

Examines the works of some of the major movie directors of France since WWII. First Carné, Ophuls, Cocteau, then the directors of the "Nouvelle Vague": Truffaut, Resnais, Duras, Goddard. The last part of the course is devoted to a selection of more recent works, such as Au Revoir les Enfants, Ridicule, and Tous les Matins du Monde.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


FR 343 Advanced Communication for Students of French
French

This course functions as a workshop where students strengthen knowledge and skills necessary for communication in fields and world regions where the French language is used. They learn to apply productive communicative processes (including revision) necessary for written work and presentations, describe the conventions they use, and make effective arguments in varied contexts. Students also refine their use of French and they cultivate a heightened sense of cross-cultural awareness. Similarly they reflect on the usefulness of communication technologies (including formal writing) as tools for critical thought while they learn to use the language more carefully and purposefully. By the end of the course, students will be more thoroughly prepared to communicate, including in French, as well as articulate their own relationship to various genres, registers, and forms of communication. At least 75% of the class involves work in French

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: ENG 105 or ENG 201



FR 349 Stylistics and Translation
French

Introduces the objectives, techniques, and difficulties of translation to and from French. At the theoretical level, and through a number of explications de texte, students reflect on such issues as the distinction between an author and a narrator, the 'voice'in a text, textual 'ntentions'vs. reader response. In practical terms, weekly translations of selected short texts should foster the development of respect for the linguistic, stylistic, and occasional cultural differences between English and French.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


FR 350 Modern French Short Story
French

Surveys a selection of modern French short stories sampling from French as well as Francophone writers and explores the means by which short stories achieve their effects within the restricted economy of the genre. Considers the stories both as narrative constructs and as reflections of the historical and cultural contexts in which they were written.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



FR 351 French Literature in English Translation
French

Upper-level literature course offered to non-majors who have an interest in literature but little or no training in the language. Organized by topic, the course sometimes focuses on an author (e.g. Montaigne, Flaubert) and sometimes on critical perspectives (e.g. French feminism).

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


FR 383 Problems of the French Novel
French

Examines the evolution of the narrative genre (centered on the novel with reference to a few short stories) from La Princesse de Clèves to the 'New Novel.' Offers a close reading of some of the major works of Mme de Lafayette, Prévost, Balzac, Stendhal, Aurevilly, Camus, and Claude Simon.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



FR 393 Study in Absentia
French

For students enrolled in the Study Abroad Program sponsored by the University at Buffalo (see Study Abroad section in this catalog).

Credits: 1-16
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


FR 404 Introduction to the Structure of Modern French
French

Describes present-day French from a modern linguistic standpoint. Successively covers phonology, morphology, and syntax and lexical change to give the student a better understanding of the structure of French and a broader comprehension of the function of language in general. Weekly travaux pratiques enable students to apply the analytical theory to real language problems.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



FR 420 History of the French Language
French

Acquaints students with the internal and technical linguistic changes that characterize the emergence of French from Latin, as well as the external and historic events that influence this development. Discusses the nature of language change, the development of dialects, and the emergence of national standards. Consists of two lectures and one discussion period per week involving linguistic problem sets and brief translations of early French texts.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


FR 429 Advanced Business French
French

Seeks to familiarize students with the cultural and professional aspects of doing business in France. Topics include tariffs and quotas, the role of the EU and the euro, genetically modified foods, the environment, and globalization. Also covers French domestic issues, including the 35-hour work week, the strained retirement system, domestic political wrangling, the French press, and activist trade unions. This course also stresses practical skills such as business correspondence, how to read reports and other documents, how to follow the news (both written and televised) with full knowledge of its bias (national and political), and how to interview or give a business presentation.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



FR 480 Seminar for Majors
French

Variable content.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


FR 486 Islam in France
French

Survey of basic Muslim beliefs and practices, as well as its history with special emphasis on former French colonies in North and sub-Saharan Africa. Examines French colonialism, outlining its motivations, history and outcomes. Considers two key notions: first, French attitudes toward its immigrant populations as expressed through housing policies, educational attainment, citizenship laws, and other questions of how individuals and groups occupy public space; second, contrasts between the French approaches to immigration and those other European nations as well as the U.S. Some time will be devoted to the issue of hijab or veil since it functions as the presenting social issue that related religious expression on the one hand, with French public opinion on the other.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



FR 496 Internship/Practicum
French

Hands-on experience in language and cultural studies at institutions and community organizations in the Western New York area.

Credits: 1-6
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


FR 498 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity
French

Students collaborate with faculty research mentors on an ongoing faculty research project or conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member.

Credits: 1-6
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



FR 499 Independent Study
French

Students who have demonstrated the ability to perform upper-level coursework may, on occasion, wish to research a topic not available through regular course offerings. Such students may, with permission of a supervising faculty member and the director of undergraduate studies, enroll in FR 499.

Credits: 1-6
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



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