2022 - 2023 Undergraduate Bulletin

Courses

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FR 101 Elementary French I 3 cr.  (3-0-0)
  • Offered: Fall Winter

FR 101 is an introduction to the French language and cultures of the people who speak it. Students learn rudimentary "survival" skills such as social pleasantries, shopping, exchanging money, eating in restaurants, talking about family, school and weather.

FR 102 Elementary French II 4 cr.
  • Offered: Winter

FR 102 is a continuation of FR 101. Students add to their proficiency in matters such as those related to health, free time, employment, travel and talking about the past.

Notes:

Students should pass FR 101 with a "C" or better or one year of high school French prior to this course. Students may take the language placement exam for concerns about proper placement. Contact mll@nmu.edu with questions.

FR 200 Fast-Track French 4 cr.
  • Offered: Contact department
  • Prerequisites: Previous French experience from outside of NMU, for students who place out of NMU FR 101.

Prepares students for FR 202. Contains French as a second language (ASL) component. All credits can be earned toward French minor or major. FR 200 freshman year, leads to minor in French by sophomore year, and a major by junior year.

FR 201 Intermediate French I 4 cr.
  • Offered: Fall

FR 201 reviews all grammar and major topics from FR 101 and FR 102. This course incorporates more reading, writing and conversation than in first-year courses and explores more matters dealing with French cultures. Students expand their proficiency into areas such as expressing opinions and persuading.

Notes: Students should pass FR 102 with a "C" or better or two years of high school French prior to this course. Students may take the language placement exam for concerns about proper placement. Contact mll@nmu.edu with questions.
FR 202 Intermediate French II 4 cr.
  • Offered: Winter

FR 202 is a continuation of FR 201. Students do considerably more reading and writing than in prior courses. The course expands their cultural and linguistic proficiency.

Notes: Students should pass FR 201 with a "C" or better or three years of high school French prior to this course. Students may take the language placement exam for concerns about proper placement. Contact mll@nmu.edu with questions.
FR 299 Apprenticeship 1-2 cr.
  • Offered: Fall Winter
  • Graded: S/U
  • Prerequisites: Written department approval.
Directed apprentice work and activities that require students to use their knowledge of French and develop their competencies in the language. This includes such things as oral expression, appreciation of grammatical structure, proofreading and editing skills, research skills in French, and skills in teaching French to others. Notes: May be taken for a maximum of 2 credits.
FR 300 Reading and Writing 4 cr.
  • Offered: Fall

This course teaches essential reading and writing skills in French. Materials consist of French newspapers, magazines, short stories and will prepare students for subsequent upper level courses.

Notes: Students should pass FR 202 with a "C" or better or check with the instructor prior to this course. Students may take the language placement exam for concerns about proper placement. Contact mll@nmu.edu with questions.
FR 305 Conversational French and Phonetics 4 cr.
  • Offered: Winter

Students improve their conversational abilities through emphasis on natural forms of speech and by learning how to use language in social encounters. Students learn to communicate and respond to problems as well as discuss major social issues. A variety of contexts are used to create authentic situations.

Notes: Students should pass FR 202 with a "C" or better or check with the instructor prior to this course. Students may take the language placement exam for concerns about proper placement. Contact mll@nmu.edu with questions.
FR 310 Introduction to French Civilization and Culture 4 cr.
  • Offered: Winter
  • Prerequisites: EN 211 with a grade of "C" or better and sophomore standing.

An overview of early European history; a comprehensive view of France's geography and 2,000 years of social customs and how they are reflected in the arts, music, architecture and literature. The course includes aspects of the interaction between France and the United States.

Notes: FR 310 is taught in English. French majors and minors, who wish to receive French credit for this course, are required to complete a substantial amount of work in French, and are advised to have completed FR 300 with a "C" or better prior to taking this course.
FR 362 Survey of French Literature of the 18th and 19th Centuries 4 cr.
  • Offered: A literature class is offered every fall
  • Prerequisites: FR 300 or instructor's permission.
An examination of some of the masterpieces of French's 18th and 19th century literature. Students will learn about historical, political, economic, social and cultural contexts of societies that produced the texts and will improve their abilities to critically read and analyze literary works.
FR 363 French Literature Since 1900 4 cr.
  • Offered: A literature class is offered every fall
  • Prerequisites: FR 300 or instructor's permission.
A study of some of the masterpieces of France's 20th and 21st-century literature. Students will learn about historical, political, economic, social and cultural contexts of societies that produced the texts and will improve their abilities to critically read and analyze literary works.
FR 400 Advanced French Composition and Grammar 4 cr.
  • Offered: Winter
  • Prerequisites: FR 300 or instructor's permission.
A review of all major points of the French grammar system, with an especially intense focus on the rich verb system. In an interrelated way, it also provides the opportunity for students to refine their writing skills through composition of essays, letters and resumes.
FR 426 18th Century French Literature 4 cr.
  • Offered: A literature class is offered every fall
  • Prerequisites: FR 300 or instructor's permission.
Students examine some of the masterpieces of France's 18th century literature. Students will learn about historical, political, economic, social and cultural contexts of societies that produced the texts and will improve their abilities to critically read and analyze literary works.
FR 428 20th Century French Novel 4 cr.
  • Offered: A literature class is offered every fall
  • Prerequisites: FR 300 or instructor's permission.
Students examine some of the masterpieces of France's 20th century literature. Students will learn about historical, political, economic, social and cultural contexts of societies that produced the texts and will improve their abilities to critically read and analyze literary works.
FR 438 Cultural and Artistic Heritage of Europe 4 cr.
  • Offered: Contact department for information
  • Prerequisites: EN 211 with a grade of "C" or better and sophomore standing.

Two-week tour of Europe follows two weeks on campus. This course is a multidisciplinary introduction to contemporary French-speaking Europe. It examines the heritage of modern French-speaking European society as it manifests itself through various cultural artifacts, such as visual art, film, architecture and social customs.

Notes: FR 438 is taught in English. This course counts toward the French major and minor upon completion of substantial work in French.
FR 491X Internship in French 1-12 cr.
  • Offered: Fall Winter Summer
  • Graded: S/U
  • Prerequisites: FR 202 or department head permission.

Students will engage in an internship using primarily French in accordance with NMU internship policies.

Notes: May be repeated for credit as internship opportunities vary.
FR 495 Special Topics in French 1-4 cr.
  • Offered: A literature class is offered every fall
  • Prerequisites: Instructor's permission and junior standing.
This is an experimental course based on topics of authors, genres or literature periods not covered in other regularly approved French courses. Notes: May be repeated for credit if topic varies.
FR 498 Directed Study in French 1-4 cr.
  • Offered: On demand
  • Prerequisites: Instructor and department head permission, junior standing.
Independent study by qualified students. A directed study course is designed to meet a specific academic requirement of the student who is unable to earn the credit during regularly scheduled course offerings. The student and professor agree to the specific topic and requirements needed to earn the credit.