2014-15 Catalog courses

The courses listed here are those published in Calvin College's current academic catalog. Not all courses are offered in the current year.

×

Elementary French

An introductory course in the comprehension and use of spoken and written French.

  • Course code: FREN-101
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: French
×

Elementary French II

Continuation of French 101.

  • Course code: FREN-102
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: French
×

Multisensory Struct French I

An introductory course in the comprehension and use of spoken and written French designed to meet the needs of at-risk students. Materials are presented with an emphasis on understanding the nature of language. General language-learning skills are developed as specific foreign language goals are met. Students are assigned to this course on the basis of adequate documentation of being at-risk.

  • Course code: FREN-111
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: French
×

Multisensory Struct French II

The second course in a three-course sequence of language study designed to meet the needs of at-risk students. Materials are presented with an emphasis on understanding the nature of language. General language-learning skills are developed as specific foreign language goals are met. The course is open to students who are continuing from French 111 and expect to complete through the French 113 level.

  • Course code: FREN-112
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Interim
  • Department: French
×

Multisensory Struct French III

The third course in a three-course sequence of language study designed to meet the needs of at-risk students. Materials are presented with an emphasis on understanding the nature of language. Introduction to cultures where French is spoken, including North Africa, West Africa, and Quebec provides the opportunity for understanding how the language and culture interacts to shape expression in various contexts. The course is open to students who are continuing from French 112. Completion of French 113 satisfies the foreign language requirement.

  • Course code: FREN-113
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: French
×

Introductory French

F. The first course in a closely integrated and intensive sequence of language study involving two semesters and the interim, for students who have completed two years of high school French, but who, on the basis of a placement test, are not prepared for French 201. The course is also open with the permission of the department to students who have had no French in high school. L

  • Course code: FREN-121
  • Credits: 4
  • Department: French
×

Intermediate French

Interim 2007:122 Intermediate French (core). This course is part of the closely integrated 121-122-123 sequence, which fulfills the requirements for foreign-language core. Students attend large group sessions in the morning and smaller group sessions in the afternoon to acquire skills in speaking, listening to, reading and writing French. Daily assignments, quizzes, tests and a final exam are required. Evaluation is based on daily work, quizzes, small-group participation, student presentations and the final exam. Pre-requisite: French 121 or equivalent. Staff. 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Intrerim 2006: The second course in a closely integrated and intensive sequence of language study involving two semesters and the interim, for students who have complete two years of high school French, but who, on the basis of a placement test, are not prepared for French 201.

  • Course code: FREN-122
  • Credits: 3
  • Department: French
×

Intermediate French

S. This is the third course in a three-course intensive sequence of language study, which aims to develop proficiency in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French, allowing an intermediate level of interaction with native speakers and understanding of authentic text. An introductory study of francophone cultures provides insights into the historical, cultural, sociological and faith contexts that have shaped the French language. Completion of French 123 (or French 202) satisfies the foreign language core requirement.

  • Course code: FREN-123
  • Credits: 4
  • Department: French
×

Introductory French

This is the first course in a closely integrated sequence of language study involving two semesters and the interim. This course is open to students who have had no previous French or who have completed some high school French but who are not ready for French 201. Students in this sequence take French 132 during interim and complete the foreign language core requirement with French 202 in the spring.

  • Course code: FREN-131
  • Credits: 5
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: French
×

Intermediate French

This is the second course in a closely integrated sequence of language study involving two semesters and the interim. The course is open to students continuing from French 131. Students in this sequence complete their foreign language core requirement with French 202.

  • Course code: FREN-132
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Interim
  • Department: French
×

Intermediate French

Further training in oral and written French, study of the structure of the language, practice in speaking, listening, reading, writing and introductory study of francophone cultures. Students in this course complete their foreign language core requirement with French 202.

  • Course code: FREN-201
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: French
×

Intermediate French II

Further training in spoken and written French, study of the structure of the language, practice in listening, reading, and writing, and continuing study of francophone cultures. This course provides insights into the historical, cultural, and sociological contexts which have shaped the French language. Completion of French 202 satisfies the foreign language core requirement.

  • Course code: FREN-202
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: French
×

Advanced Intermediate French

(3). F. This course includes an accelerated review of essential grammar topics and vocabulary, as well as practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students also learn about the historical, cultural, and sociological contexts which have shaped the French language. This course is intended for students who are beyond the 201 level but are not yet ready for the advanced level. Completion of French 203 fulfills the foreign language core requirement.

  • Course code: FREN-203
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: French
×

Advanced Conversation

F. This course is designed to develop advanced oral comprehension skills, as well as continuing competence in spoken French through exercises, drills, conversation in class, and in small groups. Prerequisite: French 123, 202, or the equivalent.

  • Course code: FREN-215
  • Credits: 3
  • Department: French
×

Advanced Grammar & Composition

S. Systematic study of advanced grammar and composition. Prerequisite: French 123, 202, or the equivalent.

  • Course code: FREN-216
  • Credits: 3
  • Department: French
×

Intro to French Literature

S. An overview of selected major writers, movements, and genres from the Middle Ages to the present. Conducted mainly in French. Prerequisite: French 215 or 216.

  • Course code: FREN-217
  • Credits: 4
  • Department: French
×

Francophone Lit of Afr/African Diaspora

An introduction to representative writers and works of French expression from Africa and the African Diaspora. Conducted mainly in French. Prerequisite: French 215 or 216, 217 recommended.

  • Course code: FREN-219
  • Credits: 3
  • Department: French
×

Francophone Culture & Society in N Amer

S. A survey of Francophone culture and society in North America from the time of the French colonial period to the present through an overview of literature (theater, novel, poetry) and various media (film, music, news). While special attention will be given to the province of Quebec, the course will also examine French-speaking communities in areas such as Louisiana, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Manitoba. Conducted mainly in French. Prerequisite: French 215 or 216, 217 recommended.

  • Course code: FREN-280
  • Credits: 3
  • Department: French
×

Special Topics in French

  • Course code: FREN-295
  • Credits: 3
  • Department: French
×

Advanced Conversation

This course is designed to develop advanced aural comprehension skills, as well as continuing competence in spoken French through exercises, drills, conversation in class, and small groups. Prerequisite: French 202, or the equivalent.

  • Course code: FREN-301
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: French
×

Advanced Grammar

Systematic study of advanced grammar and composition. Prerequisite: French 202, or the equivalent.

  • Course code: FREN-302
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: French
×

French Drama

A study of the evolution of the theater in France, from the liturgical dramas of the Middle Ages to the theatre of the absurd of the twentieth century. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: French 217, 219, or 220.

  • Course code: FREN-311
  • Credits: 3
  • Department: French
×

French Poetry

F. *This course studies the history and nature of French poetry by means of extensive reading and examination of representative poets, with special attention to those of the modern period. Major figures include Villon, Ronsard, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Mallarme, Valery, and Bonnefoy. Attention to key polemical debates leads to broader considerations of language, art, and culture and helps students appreciate the ways in which poetry informs our understanding of the human experience. Classes are conducted in French. Prerequisite: French 217, 219, or 220.

  • Course code: FREN-313
  • Credits: 3
  • Department: French
×

French Prose

A study of major literary works of fiction and non-fiction from the French Revolution to the present. Conducted in French.

  • Course code: FREN-314
  • Credits: 3
  • Department: French
×

Survey of French Literature

An overview of selected major writers, movements, and genres from the Middle Ages to the present. Conducted mainly in French. This course fulfills the core literature requirement. Prerequisite: French 301 or 302.

  • Course code: FREN-351
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: French
×

Francophone Lit & Culture in Quebec

An introduction to French-language culture and society in Quebec. Conducted mainly in French. This course fulfills the core literature requirement. Prerequisite: French 301 or 302, French 351 recommended.

  • Course code: FREN-361
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: French
×

Lit/Cult in Sub-Haran Africa & Diaspora

An introduction to representative writers and works of French expression from Sub-Saharan Africa and the African Diaspora. Conducted mainly in French. This course fulfills the core global and historical studies requirement. Prerequisite: French 301 or 302, French 351 recommended. Not offered 2012-2013.

  • Course code: FREN-362
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: French
×

Francophone Literature & Culture in North Africa

An introduction to representative writers and works of French expression from the Maghreb. This course fulfills the core global and historical studies requirement. Conducted mainly in French. Prerequisites: French 301 or 302, French 351 recommended.

  • Course code: FREN-363
  • Credits: 3
  • Department: French
×

French Linguistics

An introduction to French linguistics, including phonetics and phonology, morphology and syntax, lexicology and derivational morphology, pragmatics, and historical perspectives. Conducted mainly in French. Prerequisite: French 301 or 302. Not offered 2012-2013.

  • Course code: FREN-372
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: French
×

French for International Business

An introduction to French business concepts and structures in a contemporary context. Various aspects of the French economy (transportation, trade, banks and the European Union) as well as French business practices and language nuances in Quebec will be studied. This course develops proficiency in written and oral communication in French in a business context. Students will have the opportunity to earn the Dipl?me de Fran?ais des Affaires conferred by the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris. Conducted mainly in French. Prerequisite: French 301 or 302. Not offered 2012-2013.

  • Course code: FREN-373
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: French
×

Women & Gender in Fr Lit & Culture

An introduction to women's writing from the Middle Ages to the present. Conducted mainly in French. Prerequisite: French 301 or 302, French 351 recommended.

  • Course code: FREN-374
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: French
×

French Cinema

This course introduces French Cinema from the silent era to the present. Conducted mainly in French. This course fulfills the Arts core requirement. Prerequisite: French 301 or 302, French 351 recommended.

  • Course code: FREN-375
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: French
×

Special Topics in French

Not offered 2012-2013.

  • Course code: FREN-381
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: French
×

Independent Study

  • Course code: FREN-390
  • Credits: 2
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: French
×

Medieval & Early Modern French Lit

One of three possible capstone courses in the French major, this integrative studies course is designed to nurture Christian reflection on issues related to French literary studies of narrative, theater and poetry in France from the Middle Ages to the end of the 17th century. Authors may include Chr?tien de Troyes, Calvin, Du Bellay, Ronsard, Moli?re, Racine and Lafayette. This course fulfills the integrative studies core requirement. Prerequisite: French 351. Conducted in French. Not offered 2012-2013.

  • Course code: FREN-394
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: French
×

French Lit Before & After French Rev

One of three possible capstone courses in the French major, this integrative studies course is designed to nurture Christian reflection on issues related to French literary studies of narrative, theater and poetry in France from the beginning of the 18th century to the end of the 19th century. Authors may include Montesquieu, Rousseau, Voltaire, Diderot, Beaumarchais, Sta?l, Hugo, Balzac, Baudelaire, Sand, Lamartine, Flaubert, Verlaine, and Zola. This course fulfills the integrative studies core requirement. Prerequisite: French 351. Conducted in French.

  • Course code: FREN-395
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: French
×

Contemporary French Lit & Thought

One of three possible capstone courses in the French major, this integrative studies course is designed to nurture Christian reflection on issues related to literature in France from the twentieth century to the present. Authors may include Alferi, Blanchot, Cixous, Duras, Germain, Hocquard, and Perec. This course fulfills the integrative studies core requirement. Prerequisites: French 351. Conducted in French. Not offered 2012-2013.

  • Course code: FREN-396
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: French
×

French Interim

Interim course descriptions are posted online at: www.calvin.edu/go/interim/

  • Course code: FREN-W60
  • Credits: 3
  • Department: French
×

French Interim

Interim course descriptions are posted online at: www.calvin.edu/go/interim

  • Course code: FREN-W80
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Interim
  • Department: French
CODE NAME CREDITS
FREN-101 Elementary French 4
FREN-102 Elementary French II 4
FREN-111 Multisensory Struct French I 4
FREN-112 Multisensory Struct French II 3
FREN-113 Multisensory Struct French III 4
FREN-121 Introductory French 4
FREN-122 Intermediate French 3
FREN-123 Intermediate French 4
FREN-131 Introductory French 5
FREN-132 Intermediate French 3
FREN-201 Intermediate French 4
FREN-202 Intermediate French II 4
FREN-203 Advanced Intermediate French 4
FREN-215 Advanced Conversation 3
FREN-216 Advanced Grammar & Composition 3
FREN-217 Intro to French Literature 4
FREN-219 Francophone Lit of Afr/African Diaspora 3
FREN-280 Francophone Culture & Society in N Amer 3
FREN-295 Special Topics in French 3
FREN-301 Advanced Conversation 3
FREN-302 Advanced Grammar 3
FREN-311 French Drama 3
FREN-313 French Poetry 3
FREN-314 French Prose 3
FREN-351 Survey of French Literature 4
FREN-361 Francophone Lit & Culture in Quebec 3
FREN-362 Lit/Cult in Sub-Haran Africa & Diaspora 3
FREN-363 Francophone Literature & Culture in North Africa 3
FREN-372 French Linguistics 3
FREN-373 French for International Business 3
FREN-374 Women & Gender in Fr Lit & Culture 3
FREN-375 French Cinema 3
FREN-381 Special Topics in French 3
FREN-390 Independent Study 2
FREN-394 Medieval & Early Modern French Lit 3
FREN-395 French Lit Before & After French Rev 3
FREN-396 Contemporary French Lit & Thought 3
FREN-W60 French Interim 3
FREN-W80 French Interim 3