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French

The Program of Concentration in French is designed to provide the student with a level of fluency applicable to a variety of professional situations and to give insight into the thought patterns of  French and Francophone cultures.

Major requirements include oral and written control of the French language, familiarity with the major movements in French and Francophone literatures, and a good understanding of the histories and culture of France and the Francophone world.

Students interested in teaching French are required to successfully complete a French immersion program for at least one semester (or equivalent summer program) in order to receive a teaching certificate.

Course Sequence - Classes of 2015 - 2017


Please refer to the College Catalogue and consult with your academic advisor for recommended course sequencing. Revised graduation requirements for each graduating class can be found in the Guide to the Core Curriculum.

Course Sequence - Class of 2018 and Beyond


Freshman Year
Conversatio I Conversatio II
Core Course Freshman English
Elective (investigate minor or second major) Elective (investigate minor or second major)
Major Language Course Major Language Course

To earn the major in French, students must successfully complete:

  • 32 credits (8 courses) at or above the 300 level
  • FR 300
  • at least one course (4 credits) numbered 300 to 349 before moving on to courses numbered 350 or above
  • at least five courses (20 credits) numbered 350 or above
  • at least one course (4 credits) in pre-1700 literature, one course (4 credits) in post-1700 literature, and one course (4 credits) in Francophone literatures and cultures
  • at least one 400 level course (4 credits) in their senior year with a 10-12 page research paper (written in French)
  • at least 5 courses (20 credits) at Saint Anselm College
  • a semester or summer program in the French-speaking world
  • a comprehensive examination administered by the department

Candidates for degrees must have an average of 2.0 or higher in the departmental and ancillary courses of the major field of concentration.

Course Descriptions


FR 100      French Semester I
A careful study of the fundamentals of the French language and an introduction to the culture of a variety of French-speaking countries. Online video, audio, and textual explanations and exercises prepare the student for further in-class practice. By the end of the course, students will start to be able to function in a concrete French context, expressing themselves simply thanks to a basic grasp of all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and of some of the target culture's products, practices, and perspectives. The course requires three contact hours with the professor and one contact hour of conversation with a Native Speaker each week.

No prerequisite

FR 150      French Semester II
This French language course uses a communicative approach to help students with a basic command of French to improve all four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In addition to a review of vocabulary and grammar and task-oriented practice through in-class activities, online exercises, and chapter projects, the course material includes topics of historical and cultural importance corresponding to the Francophone world. Students will study and discuss a variety of reading selections of varying lengths, film excerpts, and audio recordings on or by native French speakers. Students will be able to function in a French context, expressing themselves and creating with language, thanks to a solid understanding of the French language and culture. The course requires three contact hours with the professor and one contact hour of conversation with a Native Speaker each week.

Prerequisite: FR 100 or placement

FR 200      French Semester III
This course offers a contextualized review of the fundamental structures of the French language helping students become more sophisticated language users in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It is designed to move students beyond what is often referred to as the "survival skills" acquired in first-year French. Over the course of the semester, students will also learn about, reflect on, and discuss many topics pertinent to French and Francophone culture.  They will understand how these topics are perceived in the Francophone world and make comparisons with their own culture. The course requires three contact hours with the professor and one contact hour of conversation with a Native Speaker each week.

Prerequisite: FR 150 or placement

FR300: Writing
This advanced French course, which will address a specific theme selected at the instructor's discretion, will help students improve their writing skills through and in-depth study and application of advanced French grammar, vocabulary, and writing techniques. Over the course of the semester, students will also read and critically examine texts of various genres corresponding to the course and watch clips of and/or full-length films. These readings and films will not only provide a means for improving skills of reading comprehension and literary behavior, and cultural empathy, but will also be a model for the various opportunities to apply their learned writing techniques by preparing short written assignments and longer compositions through a multi-draft process. Students will receive peer and instructor feedback on their written work to help them correct and learn from their mistakes in order to improve their writing skills. This course will fulfill the Writing Intensive core requirement. This course is conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FR200 or placement

FR 301-302 Advanced Grammar and  Composition I - II
A  thorough review of  grammar,  vocabulary-building and idioms, with exercises in composition, syntax, and stylistics. Students may take the full year course or choose FR 301 or FR 302 as stand-alone semester courses.

Prerequisite: FR 200 or placement

FR 303    Conversation
This course is designed to improve oral and cultural fluency. It focuses on improving the students' listening and general comprehension skills as well as on enhancing the precision, sophistication, and pronunciation of their spoken French while building their cultural knowledge of France. This course gradually challenges students to exchange ideas and personal views with others about current events and socially important topics. Students will practice deriving useful information about these topics from video and audio/radio recordings, films, and printed texts. The course requires three contact hours with the professor and one contact hour of conversation with a Native Speaker each week. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FR 200 or above
This course meets the Core Outcomes for Linguistic Awareness: Modern Foreign Language.

FR 320   Culture and  Civilization
A study of  France's past from a variety of  perspectives. The role of  key historical figures, the practices of  various social groups, and artistic and political developments will be analyzed. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FR 200 or above

FR 321      Contemporary France
With a view to better understanding the French and their role in the world; we will study contemporary France, including its  institutions, cultural production, social practices, and worldview. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FR 200 or above

FR 325 Cinema
An examination of French culture through film. Students will view, analyze, and discuss a great variety of  French and francophone films.  Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: FR 200 or above

FR 350-351   Survey of Literature I and II
A general view of the main currents of French literature from the Middle Ages to the present. In these courses students read, analyze, and write about representative canonical works, building a familiarity with French literary genres and traditions that will enable them to more easily access and better understand all French literary production, but also better value the role literature and literary criticism play in the development of ideas and human progress in general. Survey I covers the Middle Ages through the 18th century, Survey II the 18th century to the present. Each course requires three contact hours with the professor and one contact hour of conversation with a Native Speaker each week. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: One course numbered FR 300 or above
FR 350 meets the Core Outcomes for Aesthetic and Creative Engagement.

FR 353 Short Story
The theory and history of  the French short story through readings and discussions which reflect a period of French literature, a common theme, or the short story in the Francophone world. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: One course numbered FR 300 or above

FR 354 Early Narrative Literature
A study of Medieval and Renaissance narrative literature, pre-cursor to the modern novel. Conducted in French

Prerequisite: One course numbered FR 300 or above

FR 355 The  Novel
A  study of  the French novel from the 17th  Century to the Present. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: One course numbered FR 300 or above

FR 356-357 Poetry I and  II
A study of  French verse, designed to develop the student's appreciation of, and sensitivity to, poetic forms of expression. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: One course numbered FR 300 or above

FR 358-359 Theater I and  II
A study of French dramatic art in its major manifestations from the Middle Ages to the present. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: One course numbered FR 300 or above

FR 360 Selected Topics
Topics to be arranged

Prerequisite: One course numbered FR 300 or above

FR 363 Seventeenth Century Literature: Age of  Classicism
A study and analysis of the classical authors and their works. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: One course numbered FR 300 or above

FR 365 Eighteenth Century Literature: Age of  Enlightenment
An examination of literature produced in France during the Enlightenment, a period of  intensified  scientific inquiry, public discourse,  and religious tolerance which culminated in  the first French and American republics. Conducted in French.
 
Prerequisite: One course numbered FR 300 or above

FR 367  Nineteenth  Century Literature: Age of  Romanticism and  Realism
A  study of  the major movements, themes, and authors of  nineteenth century French literature. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: One course numbered FR 300 or above

FR 371   Women Writers
This course will introduce students to some of the major works and theories of French women writers. It will be taught as an overview or concentrate on a certain time period, theme, or author. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: One course numbered FR 300 or above

FR 373  Francophone Literature
This  course will  introduce students to the vast field of  Francophone literature and culture. Students will discuss a variety of texts and films  from many different countries of  the French-speaking world, such as Canada, Africa, and the Caribbean. Conducted in French.

Prerequisite: One course numbered FR 300 or above

FR 400 Senior Seminar

 Prerequisite: One course numbered FR 300 or above

FR 460 Selected Topics
Topics to be arranged

Prerequisite: One course numbered FR 300 or above