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French

Welcome to the Program in French at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. With instruction at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum, we aim to serve every student’s language needs, regardless of whether you are seeking to fulfill a requirement for a degree program or are inquiring about our classes for the personal enrichment of learning a new language.

The mission of the program is to give students the opportunity to develop appropriate proficiencies in French, to acquaint students with the literary and cultural productions of the francophone world, and to give them the opportunity to acquire critical skills through literary and cultural analysis as they prepare for careers in teaching and research, business, translation, and other areas. The French program’s research mission is to contribute to the development, organization and dissemination of research and criticism in the focus areas of literature, culture, linguistics and language pedagogy. As a core element in the University’s mission of internationalization, we support and promote international involvement by both faculty and students through programs such as our International Engineering/French program, study abroad programs, and the Francophone Students’ Association.

French is spoken on five continents by people of a great variety of cultures. It is an important language for international law and diplomacy, business, finance and technology, for the arts, fashion design, international cuisine and tourism.
 

The Program in French offers:

  * A Major in French
  * A Minor in French
  * A Dual Degree option with the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI
  * After earning a Major in French, students can pursue an accelerated Teacher Certification through the IU School of Education and the Transition to Teaching (T2T) program. Please contact the School of Education.

Course Descriptions

French (4-letter subject code: FREN)

Undergraduate Courses

F131 Beginning French I (4 cr.) Introductory language courses. This is the first course for beginning students of French with no experience in the language with emphasis on developing basic speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills, as well as awareness of French and Francophone cultures.  This course is not open to native speakers of French.  If you have previous experience learning French, please take the placement exam: http://tc.iupui.edu/testing/students/. Placing into and successfully completing language courses above the 131 level (132 or above) may allow you to request special credits for the skipped courses as a greatly reduced fee.  PUL=1A,5 

FREN-F 132 First-Year French II (4 cr.) P: F131, placement test results, or by authorization of the Program. This is the second course for beginning students of French and follows F131 with emphasis on developing basic speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills, as well as awareness of French and Francophone cultures.  This course is not open to native speakers of French.  If you have previous experience learning French, please take the placement exam: http://tc.iupui.edu/testing/students/.  Placing into and successfully completing language courses above the 131 level (132 or above) may allow you to request special credits for the skipped courses at a greatly reduce fee.  PUL=1A,5 

FREN-F 203 Second-Year Composition, Conversation, and Reading I (3 cr.) P: F132, placement test results, or by authorization of the Program. This is the third course in the French-language sequence and follows F132.  This course is not open to native speakers of French.  If you have previous experience learning French, please take the placement exam: http://tc.iupui.edu/testing/students.  PUL=1A,5 Placing into and successfully completing language courses above the 131 level (132 or above) may allow you to request special credits for the skipped courses at a greatly reduce fee.  This course is offered every fall only in the classroom and every spring only as an online course.

FREN-F 204 Second-Year Composition, Conversation, and Reading II (3 cr.) P: F203, placement test results, or by authorization of the Program. This is the fourth course in the French-language sequence and follows F203.  This course is not open to native speakers of French.  If you have previous experience learning French, please take the placement exam: http://tc.iupui.edu/testing/students.  PUL=1A,5 Placing into and successfully completing language courses above the 131 level (132 or above) may allow you to request special credits for the skipped courses at a greatly reduce fee.  F204 is offered every spring only in the classroom and every fall only as an online course.

F296 Foreign Study in France (1-6 cr.) P: acceptance in an overseas study program in France . Credit for foreign study in French language and/or literature done at second-year level when no specific equivalent is available among departmental offerings.

F300 Lectures et analyses littéraires(3 cr.) P: F204 or equivalent, or by authorization of the program. Preparation for more advanced work in French literature. Readings and discussion of one play, one novel, short stories, and poems as well as the principles of literary criticism and "explication de texte."

F307 Masterpieces of French Literature (3 cr.) P: F204 or equivalent, or by authorization of the Program. Includes material from both classical and modern periods.

F326 French in the Business World(3 cr.) P: F204 or equivalent, or by authorization of the Program. Introduction to the language and customs of the French-speaking business world. Designed to help prepare students to take the examination for the Certificat pratique de français commercial et économique offered by the Paris Chamber of Commerce.

F328 Advanced French Grammar and Composition (3 cr.) P: F204 or equivalent, or by authorization of the Program. Study and practice of French thinking and writing patterns.

F330 Introduction to Translating French and English (3 cr.) P: F204 or equivalent, or by authorization of the Program. A comparative study of the style and grammar of both languages, with focus on the difficulties involved in translating. Introduction to the various tools of the art of translation.

F331 French Pronunciation and Diction(3 cr.)  P: F204 or equivalent, or by authorization of the Program. Thorough study of French phonetics and intonation patterns. Corrective drill. Includes intensive class and laboratory work. Oral interpretation of text.

F360 Introduction socio-culturelle a la France (3 cr.)  P: F204 or equivalent, or by authorization of the Program. A study of France and its people through an examination of France ‘s political and cultural development.

F371 Topics in French(3 cr.) Topics in French literature and culture will be explored from a variety of perspectives. The course will be given in English. It may be taken twice for credit if topic differs.

F380 French Conversation (3 cr.)  P: F204 or equivalent, or by authorization of the Program. Designed to develop conversational skills through reports, debates, and group discussions with an emphasis on vocabulary building, mastery of syntax, and general oral expression. Both F380 and F480 may be taken for credit.

F391 Studies in French Cinema (3 cr.)  P: F204 or equivalent, or by authorization of the Program.  This course explores the complex interplay between French literature and film adaptations through the analysis of selected novels and short stories in relation to film versions of the same.  PUL - 1A,2

F396 Foreign Study in France (1-6 cr.) P: acceptance in an overseas study program. Credit for foreign study in French language or literature when no specific equivalent is available among departmental offerings. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

F402 Introduction to French Linguistics(3 cr.)  P: F328, F330 or equivalent, or by authorization of the Program. Introduction to the structure of the French language: phonology, morphology, and syntax.

F421 Fourth-Year French (3 cr.) P: F328, F330 or equivalent, or by authorization of the Program. Advanced work in language with a focus on syntax.

F423 Craft of Translation (3 cr.) P: F328, F330 or equivalent, or by authorization of the Program. Advanced course in translation. The problems and techniques of translating French/English and English/French using a variety of texts and concentrating on the use of various stylistic devices.

F430 Modern Short Narratives(3 cr.) P: F328, F330 or equivalent, or by authorization of the Program. Structural and interdisciplinary approaches to short French narratives of the modern period, eighteenth-century fiction (short stories, tales, etc.), and nonfiction (essays, commentaries, etc.).

F450 Colloquium in French Studies (2-3 cr.) P: F328, F330 or equivalent, or by authorization of the Program. Emphasis is on topic, author, or genre.

F451 Le français des affaires(3 cr.) P: F328, F330 or equivalent, or by authorization of the Program. Investigates in depth some of the topics touched on in F326. Designed to help prepare students to take the examination for the Diplôme français professionnel offered by the Paris Chamber of Commerce.

F452 La civilisation et littérature québécoises (3 cr.) P: F328, F330 or equivalent, or by authorization of the Program. The study of the history of French Canadian literature and civilization from its origins down to the present leading to the "Quiet Revolution" as seen through the contemporary poetry, novel, and drama of Quebec.

F453 Littérature contemporaine I (3 cr.) P: F328, F330 or equivalent, or by authorization of the Program. Twentieth-century writers such as Gide, Proust, etc.

F454 Littérature contemporaine II(3cr.) P: F328, F330 or equivalent, or by authorization of the Program. Twentieth-century writers such as Camus, Sartre, etc.

F460 French Fiction in Film (3 cr.) P: F328, F330 or equivalent, or by authorization of the Program. Involves reading works of French fiction and studying them as works of literature, followed by the viewing of a film version of each work and the preparation of a comparative analysis of the two versions.

F461 La France Contemporaine(3 cr.) P: F328, F330 or equivalent, or by authorization of the Program. France since 1945: political, social, economic, and cultural aspects.

F480 French Conversation (3 cr.) P: F328, F330 or equivalent, or by authorization of the Program. Designed to develop conversational skills through intensive controlled conversation with an emphasis on the use of linguistic devices and the mastery of oral expression. Both F380 and F480 may be taken for credit.

F493 Internship in French (3 cr.) P:Senior standing or consent of internship director. A field experience in the applied use of French in a professional, workplace environment. Previous course work and experience are integrated in a practical application locally or in a French-speaking country. Directed readings, journal, reports, final project.

F495 Individual Readings in French (1-3 cr.) P: consent of instructor. For majors only.

F496 Foreign Study in France (3-8 cr.) P: Authorization of the Program. Course involves planning for research project during year preceding study abroad. Time spent in research abroad must amount to at least one week for each credit hour granted. Research paper must be presented by end of semester following foreign study. May be taken once only. Does not count as a 400-level course in residence for major or minor.

F497 Capstone in French (3 cr.) P: Authorization of the Program. A senior level summative experience for French majors that integrates students’ undergraduate study in the discipline. Students showcase academic progress through a capstone portfolio, a reflective journal, discussions with a faculty capstone director, and by a final presentation to students and faculty.

Graduate Courses

F507 Foreign Language Institute(1-6 cr.) Intensive interdepartmental course involving work or literature in contemporary civilization (in the foreign language), language practice, and discussions and demonstrations of important developments and concepts in methodology. Intended primarily for Master of Arts for Teachers degree students and for prospective high schools teachers.

F528 Comparative Stylistics and Translation (3 cr.)  This is an introductory course to the practice and evaluation of translation.  Students will get the hands-on experience with many different text types from a variety of areas and professions and develop skills to translate them into both English and French.  At the same time, students will have the opportunity to discuss some of the theoretical and professional issues involved in teanslation as a profession.

F529 Specialized Translation I (Business/Legal/Governmental)  This class provides an overview of the methods and terminology resources for the translation of commercial, economic, financial, and governmental documents as well as intensive practice in these areas of translation.

F530 Specialized Translation II (Scientific/Technical/Medical)  This class provides an overview of the methods and resources for the translation of technical, scientific, and medical documents, as well as intensive practice in these areas of translation.

F575 Introduction to French Linguistics (3 cr.) An introduction to phonological, morphological, and syntactic structures of French, and to recent linguistic developments.

F580 Applied French Linguistics (3 cr.) Evaluation of language teaching methods according to recent claims in learning theory.

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Major and Minor Requirements

The Minor in French

The minor consists of 15 credit hours: F203, F204, and one course from each of the following areas: Language (F328 or F330); Oral Production (F331, F380 or F396); Culture (F300, F326 or F360).  A minimum of 6 credit hours must be completed on the IUPUI campus and all courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

The Major in French

In addition to fulfilling the general education requirements for a B.A. degree in the School of Liberal Arts, the major in French requires 15 credit hours above the minor for a total of 30 credit hours (15 of the 30 credit hours must be completed at IUPUI).  The 15 credit hours must be courses not taken for the minor, and one must be a 400-level course (not F497). Included in the 15 credit hours must be the Capstone course (F497)which is taken during your last year of French study.

Honors Courses

To provide recognition to outstanding students in French, the department offers courses that can earn Honors Credit for students in the Honors College. Courses at F203 and above that are approved by the department may be taken for honors credit. For further information, contact the department.​

Transition to Teaching Program: T2T

Students with a B.A. in French who have completed their teaching major requirements in French can earn an accelerated Teacher Certification in 12 months with the School of Education . Contact the T2T Program Advisor, Sharice Breland sbreland@iupui.edu

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Study Abroad

The IUPUI Program in French sponsors a 3-week summer program in Aix-en-Provence for students who have successfully completed the minimum requirement of French 132 and is open to students through 400-level.  This and other programs abroad welcome students majoring in all academic disciplines and are not restricted to language majors.  The Program for International Engineering at IUPUI offers students of engineering a study abroad internship in France as part of the dual degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Bachelor of Arts in French.

Students may also participate in Indiana Univeristy study abroad programs that include year-long programs at the Université d'Aix-in-Provence and the Université de Nantes that are open to juniors and seniors who have had three years of college French, and one-semester programs at the Université de Rennes and the Université d'Aix.  For students with two years of college French, there is a summer program in Paris, France.

Students with at least one year, or two semester of college-level French may participate in a summer program in Québec, Canada or Dakar, Senegal.  Indiana University credit is granted for work that is satisfactorily completed in these IU programs.  Students interestedin studying abroad should discuss their options with the Director of the Program in French or with the Office of International Affairs's Study Abroad Office in ES 2129B, IUPUI, (317) 274-2081 as soon as possible.

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Additional Resource Links

Links to the French-Speaking World

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