Bachelor of Arts in French and Francophone Studies

Prerequisites for French and Francophone Studies Major (16 hours)

You may begin to work toward the French and Francophone Studies major once you have completed the lower division courses of FRE 1130, FRE 1131 (Basic French), FRE 2200 AND FRE 2241 (Intermediate French and French Conversation) or the equivalent. You must be able to understand courses that are taught entirely in French.

Requirements for French and Francophone Studies Major (33 credits)

Core courses: (12 credits)

FRE 3420: Review/Grammar Writing I

FRE 3421: Review/Grammar Writing II

FRE 3780: French Phonetics

FRW 3XXX: Introduction to Francophone Literature and Cultural Studies

Breath Courses/Francophone Cultural Studies: (12 credits)

All FRW courses

FRE Civilization courses (FRE 3500, 3504, 4501)

FRE Cinema courses (FRE 4391 and FRE 4XXX)

Haitian Language and Culture (HAI 3500) La Francophonie (FRE 4503)

Linguistics: (3 credits)

FRE linguistics courses (FRE 4503, 4791, 4800, 4840, 4841, 4850)

Electives: (6 credits)

FRE and FRW courses, including:

French conversation courses (FRE 3410, 3413, 3504)

Review Grammar Writing III (FRE 4422)

Courses outside of the Department with permission of Director of French and Francophone Studies (e.g., French or Francophone History: AFH 4342, ASH 3223, EUH 4440, EUH 4451, EUH 4451 or Art History dealing with France: ARH 4413, 4414, 4433)

Academic Learning Compacts

The Board of Governors requires that every undergraduate program provide its students with academic learning outcomes and inform them of the program's mission. During the course of their studies, French and Francophone Studies majors must be aware that they will be required to take part in assessment activities. For more information, please click here.

Suggested Course of Study

Generally, a student thinking about majoring in French and Francophone Studies should begin by taking the following three courses after completion of the prerequisites:

  • FRE 3420 Review Grammar Writing I
  • FRE 3410 Advanced French Conversation
  • FRE 3780 French Phonetics

Students should try to take their second grammar course (usually FRE 3421) as soon as possible, since good writing skills are required in the literature, linguistics, and civilization courses.

Further Questions about Majoring in French and Francophone Studies

Should you have further questions about majoring in French and Francophone Studies, or questions about specific courses in French, contact the Department in DM 480 or call 305-348-2851.

Brief Description of FIU French Courses

FRE 1115 Accelerated Basic French (5). Accelerated course for students who already have some basic knowledge of French. Encourages rapid acquisition by intensive exposure to the language. Prerequisites: At least one year of High School French or equivalent.

FRE 1130 French I (5). Course designed specifically for beginning university students with no previous language study. Emphasis on oral French and on acquiring basic language skills.

FRE 1131 French II (5). Emphasis on oral French and on acquiring basic language skills.

FRE 2200 Intermediate French (3). Provides intermediate training in the acquisition and application of basic language skills. Prerequisites: One year prior study at college level or permission of the instructor.

FRE 2241 Intermediate French Conversation (3). Development of oral skills through skits, debates, and hypothetical situations. Open to non-native speakers Prerequisites: One year prior study at college level or permission of the instructor.

FRE 2270 Foreign Study (3-12). Intermediate level. One semester full-time credit for foreign residence and study. Individual cases will be evaluated for approval.

FRE 2443 French for Business (3). Introduces the minor and non-major to the culture, economy, and commerce of modern-day France. Extensive practice in business writing and communication. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: FRE 1131.

FRE 3410 Advanced French Conversation (3). To develop oral proficiency skills and a greater awareness of French culture.

FRE 3413 Communication Arts (3). Develop communicative competence through intensive oral class work. Emphasis on ability to express ideas and appreciation of multiple aspects of French culture.

FRE 3420 Review Grammar/Writing I (3). Practice in contemporary usage through selected readings in culture and civilization. Development of writing and speaking ability in extemporaneous contexts. The course will be conducted exclusively in the target language.

FRE 3421 Review Grammar/Writing II (3). Instruction and practice in expository writing in French, with emphasis on organization, correct syntax, and vocabulary building. Prerequisite: FRE 3420 or permission of the instructor.

FRE 3441 Advanced Business French (3). Provides intermediate training in the acquisition and application of business skills from an applied language vantage point. Prerequisites: FRE 2200 or permission of the instructor.

FRE 3500 History of French Civilization (3). Open to any student who understands the target language. The development of a particular civilization. Emphasis on the evolution of a society, its ideas and its values. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRE 3504 Language and Culture (3). Emphasis on oral skill applied to contemporary culture, to enhance student’s knowledge and understanding of French way of life in Francophone world. Emphasis is also placed on acquisition and intensive practice of vocabulary and grammar. Prerequisites: FRE 3410 or FRE 3420 or permission of the instructor.

FRE 3740 Applied Linguistics (3). Examination of available linguistic materials for self-instruction. Problem solving in syntax and phonetics, through the application of modern/ traditional methods.

FRE 3780 French Phonetics (3). An introductory course in French linguistics. Includes the International Phonetic Alphabet and a systematic inventory of all the sounds of French, with refinement exercises in the language laboratory.

FRE 3781 Intermediate French Phonetics (1). Pronunciation of French for non-majors. Includes an introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet and a systematic review of the sounds of French. Prerequisites: FRE 1130 and FRE 1131.

FRE 3820 Dialectology (3). Definition and analysis. Problem-solving in dialect classification.

FRE 4391 French Cinema (3). In-class viewing and discussion of selected French films to develop knowledge and understanding of this important aspect of French culture from beginnings to the present. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRE 4422 Review Grammar/Writing III (3). A study of various aspects of forms and styles, with emphasis on expository writing in French. Prerequisite: FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRE 4470 Foreign Study: Advanced Language/ Literature (3-15). Full-semester credit for foreign residence and study/work. (Approval of Department required.)

FRE 4501 Contemporary French Society (3). Course designed primarily for French and Francophone Studies majors, advanced undergraduates and graduates. Examination of the cultural, ideological, socio-political and economic fabric of France from WWI to the present. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRE 4503 La Francophonie (3). Analysis of the different varieties of French spoken outside of France. Includes Quebec French, African French, and French Creoles. Also examines the political alliance of Francophone countries. Credit will not be given for both FRE 4503 and FRE 5508.

FRE 4791 French Phonology (3). Contrasts in the sound systems of English and French. Prerequisites: FRE 3780 or permission of the instructor.

FRE 4800 French Morphology (3). Contrasts in the morphology and syntax of English and French.

FRE 4840 History of the Language I (3). The internal and external history of the French language from Latin to Old French. Examination of some of the first texts written in French. Prerequisites: FRE 3780 or permission of the instructor.

FRE 4841 History of the Language II (3). External and internal history of the French language from 1400 to the present. Examination of first dictionaries and grammars of French. Survey of recent linguistic legislation concerning the French language.

FRE 4850 Structure of Modern French (3). Systematic study of the phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicon of Modern French. Taught in English.

FRE 4935 Senior Seminar (3). Topic and approach to be determined by students and instructor.

FRE 5060 Language for Reading Knowledge I (3). Designed primarily for graduate students who wish to attain proficiency for M.A. and Ph.D. requirements. Open to any student who has no prior knowledge of the language.

FRE 5061 Language for Reading Knowledge II (3). Emphasis on translation of materials from the student’s field of specialization. Prerequisites: FRE 5060 or equivalent.

FRE 5508 La Francophonie (3). Analysis of the different varieties of French spoken outside of France. Includes Quebec French, African French, and French Creoles. Also examines the political alliance of Francophone countries. Credit will not be given for both FRE 4503 and FRE 5508. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

FRE 5735 Special Topics in Linguistics (3). Content to be determined by students and instructor. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

FRE 5755 Old French Language (3). Introduction to the phonology, morphology, and syntax of the Old French language. Reading and analysis of the 12th and 13th century texts in their original. Comparison of major medieval dialects. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.

FRE 5845 History of the Language I (3). The internal and external history of the French language from Latin to Old French. Examination of some of the first texts written in French. Credit will not be given for both FRE 4840 and FRE 5845. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

FRE 5846 History of the Language II (3). External and internal history of the French language from 1400 to the present. Examination of first dictionaries and grammars of French. Survey of recent linguistic legislation concerning the French language. Credit will not be given for both FRE 4841 and FRE 5846. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

FRE 5855 Structure of Modern French (3). Systematic study of the phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicon of Modern French. Taught in English. Credit will not be given for both FRE 4850 and FRE 5855. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

FRE 5908 Independent Study (1-3). Project, field experience, readings, or research. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

FRT 3800 Basic Translation Exercises (3). Emphasis on basic principles and practice application. Prerequisite: FRE 3421.

FRT 4801 Professional Translation (3). Techniques and resources for professional translation. Prerequisite: FRT 3800.

FRT 5805 Translation/Interpretation Arts (3). Techniques of professional translation and interpretation. Prerequisite: FRT 4801.

FRW 3200 French Literature I (3). Close reading and analysis of prose and poetry from the Middle Ages to the 17th Century. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 3201 French Literature II (3). Close reading and analysis of French prose, theatre, and poetry, from the 18th to the 20th century. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 3280 French 19th Century Novel (3). Four major novels by major 19th century novelists will be selected to illustrate the development of novelist techniques as well as of a different conception of the role of the novel that finally made it an important literary genre. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 3300 French Comedies (3). A study in French comedies from the 15th century to the 19th century, with special emphasis on Moliere’s plays. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 3323 French 19th Century Drama (3). Plays will be chosen to illustrate various literary movements in 19th century French drama: Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, and Symbolism. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 3370 French 19th and 20th Century Short Stories (3). Great short stories by Maupassant, Merimee, Flaubert, Camus, and Sartre will be studied to familiarize the student with literary criticism by a close reading and analysis of short texts. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 3532 French Romantic Literature (3). A study of French Romantic generation through the works of Lamartine, Hugo, de Musset, etc. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 3810 Literary Analysis (3). The identification and appreciation of techniques for sensitive reading and discussion of literary texts. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 3905 Independent Study (3). Project, field experience, readings, or apprenticeship. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 3930 Special Topics (3). Readings and discussion of literary/linguistic topics to be determined by students and instructor. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 4123 Travel, Exile, and Cross-Cultural Encounters (3). Drawing on writings from the turn of the century to the present, explores the themes of exile and escape, of cultural and visual appropriations, the repetition and deconstruction of exotic clichés. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 4212 French Classical Prose (3). Study of major works of 17th century French authors such as Descartes, Pascal, La Rochefoucauld, La Bruyere, etc. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 4213 18th Century French Prose (3). Major works by the 18th century French philosophers that illustrate the evolution of socio-political and aesthetic thought leading to the French Revolution. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 4272 French Novels from the Classical Period (3). A study of major 17th and 18th century French novels. Course conducted in French. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 4281 French 20th Century Novel (3). A detailed analysis of modern novels, and a general examination of the intellectual currents which these novels illustrate or express (e.g. surrealism, existentialism, nou-veau roman, post-modernism. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 4310 Seventeenth-Century French Drama (3). A study of French classical aesthetics through the plays of Corneille, Moliere, and Racine. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 4324 French 20th Century Theatre (3). Focuses on the scope and variety of contemporary French theatre from Claudel, through existentialism and the theatre of the absurd, to Cixous and Cesaire. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 4390 Genre Studies (3). Examination of a single literary form (e.g. short story, poetry), or the study of interaction between literary types (e.g. novel and drama). Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 4410 French Medieval Literature (3). A study in different literary forms prevalent during the 12th and 15th centuries. Read in modern French; course will be conducted in French. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 4420 Sixteenth-Century French Literature (3). A study of major authors of the French Renaissance, Rabelais, Ronsard, Montaigne, etc. Course conducted in French. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 4583 Women Writers in French (3). Drawing on the writings of women authors in French, this course explores topics such as: the effects of narrative techniques on subject formation, the poetics of silence and of revolt, sexual difference versus cultural difference. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 4590 Creative Modes (3). Discussion of a single mode or a plurality of epoch styles such as classical/baroque, realism/surrealism. The peculiar/ common features of expressive media. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 4750 Francophone Literature of Africa (3). Introduction to the Francophone literatures of Africa; study of a literary tradition in French, with special emphasis on post-World War II writers. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 4751 Francophone Literature in the Caribbean (3). Introduction to the Francophone literature of the Caribbean; study of a literary tradition in French, with special emphasis on post-World War II writers. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 4905 Independent Study (1-3). Project, field experience, readings, or research. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 4930 Special Topics (3). Independent readings, research, or project. Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 5395 Genre Studies (3). Examination of a single literary form (e.g. short story, poetry), or the study of interaction between literary types (e.g. novel and drama). Prerequisites: FRE 3420 or FRE 3421 or permission of the instructor.

FRW 5934 Special Topics in Language Literature (3). Content and objectives to be determined by student and instructor. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

FRW 5938 Graduate Seminar (3). Topic and approach to be determined by students and instructor. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.