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101. Elementary French I
Every semester. This beginning-level French language course provides students with new perspectives on French and francophone cultures while building writing, reading, speaking and listening skills.

102. Elementary French II
Every semester.  This course is open to students who have had some French (FREN 101 or two years in high school). It is designed to help students build proficiency in French reading, writing, speaking and listening in the context of cultural exploration.

170. Cultural Crossroads
Through images and texts, students are introduced to various aspects of the phenomenon of culture. The syllabus follows a generally historical order and highlights significant historical and political events which both reflect and explain cultural divergence. Defining culture through comparison and contrast provides a general framework; artistic products of all types provide further material for discussion. Grading will be based on class participation, individual and group work, two papers, one mid-term exam and a final exam. In English.

190. Freshman Seminar
This freshman seminar will focus on themes in French culture from social history, the arts and current information media. Cross-cultural comparisons provide a rich basis for discussion.

201. Intermediate French
Every semester. Emphasis on oral and written communication skills. Assignments include a thorough review of French grammar, short readings, a French movie, and frequent short compositions. Prerequisites: French 102 or by placement.

202. Advanced Conversation
Every semester. Based on authentic video segments and satellite broadcasts, this course will develop comprehension and oral skills by addressing a variety of cultural issues. Prerequisites: French 202 is open to intermediate-level students who have studied French for at least 3 semesters or the equivalent. Does not count towards the major or minor in French.

203. Advanced French
Every semester. In French 203, students develop interpretive strategies and review and practice grammatical forms in the context of authentic literary and cultural texts. Class activities are designed to improve students' abilities in the communicative and presentational modes. There will be frequent written reactions to authentic materials. Viewing of French films will provide the opportunity for extended oral analysis and discussion. French 203 counts towards the minor in French. Prerequisites: French 201 or by placement.

205. Practical Conversation
Summer. Development of fluency in the spoken language through discussion of contemporary issues in French culture. Emphasis on increasing vocabulary and ease in the manipulation of grammatical structures.

209. The Culture of Business and Economics in France
Spring. This course provides an introduction to the French economy, focuses on the language of business as it is used in French-speaking countries, and targets issues of cultural diversity. Prerequisites: French 201 or the equivalent. French 209 does not count towards the major.

210. French for Reading Comprehension
Every semester. Intensive basic grammar course, with prose selections to develop only the reading skill. This course is primarily for graduate students and has no connection with the undergraduate French language sequence. No previous knowledge of French necessary. In certain departments this course may be substituted for the GSFLT or a departmental reading exam in French. Consult appropriate departmental representatives for details. Does not count toward the major or minor in French.

310. Writing Skills in French
Every semester. Through the reading of a variety of literary, cultural and critical essays, this course explores the ways in which words and images structure thought, communication and the interaction of the subject in particular social contexts. Great attention is paid, both through reading and extensive written work, to the logical and coherent elaboration of an argument. Prerequisites: French 203, a score of 4 or 5 on the French AP exam, or by placement.

311. French Phonetics
Fall or Spring. Instruction and practice in the correct pronunciation of standard French, including work in transcription using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

312. French History
Summer. Offered through Emory Summer Program in Paris. The history of France as seen through its art and architecture, with teacher-guided visits to historical sites and monuments.

313. French and Francophone Culture
Every semester. Various aspects of contemporary French culture and society are studied through newspapers, film, and cultural documents. Discussions will be encouraged, and written skills perfected through short topical papers.

314. What is Interpretation?
Every semester. An introduction to the reading and interpretation of a variety of literary and cultural media including poetry, drama, prose fiction, political writings, publicity, films, painting and architecture.

331. Temporalities
This course focuses on the development of key concepts, ideas, or movements across historical periods and cultural contexts. By retracing their elaboration it serves to highlight continuities and discontinuities in the historical development of French and Francophone literatures and cultures. 

341. Intersections
Through a variety of texts and artifacts, including but not restricted to literature, travelogues, legal documents, medical, historical, and political treatises, visual arts, students are introduced to specific interdisciplinary issues in French and Francophone Studies. Taught in English.

351. Media and Genres
This course presents topics in French and Francophone studies through diverse media and genres in order to foster critical thinking through specific analysis. The course puts the emphasis on interpretative strategies that take medial forms and properties into consideration. 

361. French Topics in Translation
A study of selected topics in French literature and cultural studies through readings and lectures in English.

385. The Individual and Society
This course will examine a variety of texts reflecting social myths about the relationship of individual and society in French culture.

391. Francophone studies
A survey of literary and cultural creations from the Francophone world, with a special emphasis on Africa, the Caribbean, and South East Asia.

460. French and Francophone Cinema
Films selected to analyze a range of topics reflecting the development of French and Francophone thought and culture and to familiarize students with visual, acoustic and narrative elements of French and Francophone cinema. Weekly screening required for extra credit.

471. Topics in French and Francophone Thought
Taught in English, this course examines major French and Francophone intellectual developments, theoretical paradigms and critical methodologies.

488. Topics in French
Texts selected to illustrate the development of French thought and culture as a background to French literature. Offerings will include courses such as women in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; French films, etc. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

490. Honors Seminar in French
Fall. An advanced seminar on a topic in French literature or cultural studies, supplemented by relevant critical texts. Selective admission.

495 A,B. Honors
Credit, eight hours. Critical methods in analysis and interpretation of literature; bibliographic materials and methods of independent research; honors thesis demonstrating the application of principles learned.

497R. Interdisciplinary Capstone Project
Conducted under the supervision of a faculty advisor, this capstone project enables a student with a French Interdisciplinary Track to articulate the intellectual challenge of navigating between two disciplines, methodologies, or fieldworks. It is to be noted that FR497R is a Capstone course and not an Honors project, or an Honors thesis. The FIT student wishing to complete an Honors Project will have to take FR490 in addition to FR497R. 



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