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Global French Studies

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Requirements for a major

Global French Studies

Total courses required Nine
Core courses Two courses in French at the 200-level
Other required courses Two courses in English or another language at the 200- level or above by approval of the Director of Global French Studies OR two additional courses in French at the 300-level.
Number 300 and 400 level courses Five
Senior requirement and capstone experience FREN 420 is the capstone course in the Global French Studies major. Students will engage in close study of a topic in French literature or culture and will complete a substantial research- based project in French on a related subject. They will present their work in English at a public panel.
Additional information Off-campus courses
  • Students majoring in Global French Studies may receive up to two credits for courses in French taken off-campus with approval by the director of Global French Studies.
  • Students minoring in Global French Studies may receive one credit for courses in French taken off-campus with approval by the director of Global French Studies.

Heritage Speakers

  • Heritage speakers of French may not enroll in courses below the 300-level.
Writing in the Major One WIM-based 300-level course. In the 300-level WIM course, students will develop skills in research and writing as they prepare for their capstone project in French 420 (the Global French Studies senior seminar).

Requirements for a minor

Global French Studies

Total courses required Five
Core courses Two 200-level French courses
Two 300-level French courses
Other required courses

One additional course in French at the 300-level or above OR one course in English or another language at the 200-level or above by approval of the Director of Global French Studies. Only one of these courses may be taken off-campus.

Minor for heritage speakers of French:

  • When students successfully complete two courses at the 300-level or above, with a grade of C or better in each, they receive retroactive credits for two 200-level courses to complete the four French courses required for the minor. The fifth course remains as described above.
Number 300 and 400 level courses Two or Three

Courses in Global French Studies

GFS 101

Elementary French I

Introduction to the French language with emphasis on development of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The essentials of French grammar. Emphasis on communication and Francophone cultures. FREN 101 is open only to beginners in French or those with two years or less of high school French.

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1 course

GFS 102

Elementary French II

A continuation of GFS 101. Prerequisite: GFS 101.

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Language GFS 101 1 course

GFS 110

Review of Elementary French

Practice in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Review of French grammar and study of Francophone cultures. For those students who have prior experience in French.Open to students who are placed into this level by test results or departmental direction. Not open to those who have credit for FREN 101 or 102.

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Language 1 course

GFS 197

First-Year Seminar

A seminar focused on a theme related to Global French Studies. Open only to first-year students.

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1 course

GFS 201

Outsiders and Insiders: Immigration in Post-Colonial France

Who gets to be "French"? Who belongs and who doesn't? Do 'differences' matter? This course will address these questions and more through French young-adult fiction and film that explore the migratory experience as well as distinct perspectives on sociocultural integration in today's France. This course will also serve as an introduction to literary and film analysis in French.

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Global Learning 1 course

GFS 202

Sex, Gender, and Identity in Contemporary France

This course introduces students to non-normative expressions of gender, sexuality, and identity in contemporary France. Throughout the course, students explore (graphic) novels, films, shorts, as well as cultural and political content and campaigns with these three themes in mind. The course begins by interrogating the notion of identity through critical markers like gender, sexuality, race, class, ableism, and religion. Using these tools students scrutinize expressions of masculinity and homophobia in francophone high schools and the banlieue; critically analyze the representation of sexuality and gender in media; and are introduced to the concerns of French trans-identified citizens.

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Global Learning 1 course

GFS 203

Recent Fiction in French

Through close study of novels and short stories by contemporary writers, students will gain familiarity with, and appreciation of, recent fiction published in France and across the francophone world, and they will develop skills for discussing and writing about literature in French.

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Global Learning 1 course

GFS 204

Screening Borders in Contemporary French and Francophone Media

This interdisciplinary course examines the complex concept of "borders" as a critical space of inquiry through a wide range of contemporary media resources including, but not limited to, films, documentaries, blogs, podcasts, radio, television, music, and print media. This course will also serve as an introduction to media text analysis in French.

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Global Learning 1 course

GFS 205

A la Une: France Today

Students will learn about issues and problems of high interest in contemporary France as they work with sources in the French press (including radio, television, and online newspapers) to explore current events and ideas from such fields as politics, business and the economy, energy and the environment, women's rights, religion, ethics, education, health, family, arts, entertainment, and sports. This course is designed to enrich vocabulary, strengthen students' grasp of the structures of the French language, and build oral and written proficiency.

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Global Learning 1 course

GFS 206

Topics: French

An examination of a specific theme or issue in French and francophone literature and culture.

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Global Learning 1 course

GFS 303

Spreading the Love?: LGBTQI+ Expression in the Francophone World

In this interdisciplinary course, students will be introduced to key themes and critical frameworks in the interrelated fields of LGBT and Queer studies within a francophone and anglophone context. Through graphic novels, topical magazines, journals, and media, as well as personal, fictional, and historical accounts of LGBTQI+ francophone expression, students will learn to interrogate conceptions of gender, sex, the body, and sexuality; will explore the politics of sexuality and sexual identity; will survey diverse expressions of sexuality, activism, and community; and will consider the reception/application of Queer studies in France. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which sexual identities intersect with and shape other categories of identity, including gender, race, religion, class, culture and nationality.

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Global Learning 1 course

GFS 304

Liberte, Egalite, et Autre(s): Non-Normative Identities and the Queer French Republic

This course explores how non-normative French communities are evolving the sacrosanct notions of French citizenship, universalism, and republicanism in contemporary France. Students will explore works focused on members of the LGBTQI+, Muslim, immigrant, banlieue, and feminist communities through readings, cultural realia, film, documentaries, conferences, and critical articles. We will question what it means to be a citizen in contemporary France; how the rise of communitarian practices is viewed by and is changing the French Republic; what form a "Queer" French Republic might take.

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Global Learning 1 course

GFS 306

Advanced Topics: French

An examination of a specific theme or issue in French and francophone literature and culture, at the advanced level.

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Global Learning 1 course

GFS 315

Eux et nous: Francophone Peripheral Voices

A critical appreciation of the construction of individual and/or collective identities in Francophone literatures and cultures. Students examine the complex dynamics between "national identity" and cultural diversity through a variety of contemporary texts, each of which engages with questions of, among others, race, privilege, space(s), displacement of colonial ideology, representation, and freedom of religion

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Social Science-or-Global Learning 1 course

GFS 319

Plural Histories

An unconventional and interdisciplinary look at French history that critically engages notions of dominance and power, and involves disciplines such as literature, philosophy, gender and media studies and film.

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Arts and Humanities-or-Global Learning 1 course

GFS 327

Literary Voices

Students will read, discuss, and write about a variety of literary works past and present, in multiple genres (including poetry, prose, and drama) and from multiple perspectives within France and throughout the French-speaking world. Students will consider how writers engage in aesthetic, intellectual, social, and political issues; they will assess the enduring value of writers and texts; and they may even do some creative writing of their own in French.

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Arts and Humanities-or-Global Learning 1 course

GFS 420

Global French Studies Senior Seminar

GFS 420 is the capstone course in the Global French Studies major. Students will engage in close study of a topic in French literature or culture and will complete a writing project in French on a related subject. They will present their work in English at a public panel.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course