French and Francophone Studies

Departmental Office: 515 Philosophy; 212-854-2500 or 212-854-3208
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/french/

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Prof. Vincent Debaene, 501 Philosophy; 212-854-3522; vd2169@columbia.edu

Director of the Language Program: Dr. Pascale Hubert-Leibler, 519 Philosophy; 212-854-4819; ph2028@columbia.edu

Academic Department Administrator: Isabelle Chagnon, 515 Philosophy; 212-854-7978; ic7@columbia.edu

The Department of French and Romance Philology offers a major and concentration in French, as well as a major and concentration in French and Francophone Studies. Students who are primarily interested in French literature should consider the major in French. Students who are interested in French history and civilization, and in the literature and culture of the Francophone world, should consider the major in French and Francophone Studies.

Major in French

The major in French gives students an in-depth familiarity with the language, culture, and literature of France and the French-speaking world. After completing the four-semester language requirement, students take courses in advanced grammar, composition and stylistics to refine their skills in reading, speaking, and writing French. In a required two-semester survey course (FREN W3333-FREN W3334), they receive a comprehensive overview of the development of French literature from the Middle Ages to the present day. After completing these core courses, French majors are encouraged to pursue individual interests; a wide range of language, literature, and cultural studies courses is available. Small classes and seminars allow for individual attention and enable students to work closely with faculty members. Advanced elective courses on French literature, history, philosophy, and cinema allow students to explore intellectual interests, perfect critical reading skills, and master close reading techniques. 

The capstone course is the senior seminar, in which students study a range of texts and critical approaches and are encouraged to synthesize their learning in previous courses. The optional senior essay, written under the direction of a faculty member, introduces students to scholarly research. To be considered for departmental honors, students must complete the senior essay.

Major in French and Francophone Studies

The major in French and Francophone studies provides an interdisciplinary framework for the study of the history, literature, and culture of France and parts of the world in which French is an important medium of culture. Students explore the history and contemporary applications of concepts such as citizenship, national unity, secularism, and human rights, and explore central issues including universalism/relativism, tradition/modernity, and religion/state as they have developed in France and its colonies/former colonies since the 18th century.

Students take a series of required courses that includes:

  • French grammar and composition/stylistics, essential to achieving proficiency in French language;
  • FREN W3420 Introduction to French and Francophone Studies, I-FREN W3421 Introduction to French and Francophone Studies II; and,
  • FREN W3995 Senior Seminar

Having completed these courses, students take courses in related departments and programs, e.g. history, anthropology, political science, women's studies, human rights, art history, to fulfill the interdisciplinary portion of the major. To ensure methodological focus, three of these courses should be taken within a single field (e.g. history, music, anthropology, or political science), or in relation to a single issue or world region, e.g. West Africa.

In Fulfillment of the Language Requirement

FREN W1101-FREN W1102 Elementary Course and FREN W1201- FREN W1202 Intermediate Course. Entering students are placed, or exempted, on the basis of their College Board Achievement or Advanced Placement scores, or their scores on the placement test administered by the Center for Student Advising, 403 Lerner. An SAT score of 780 or a score of 4 on the AP exam satisfies the language requirement.

The Barnard course, FREN BC1204 Intermediate II does not fulfill the undergraduate language requirement.

Language Proficiency Courses

Elementary and intermediate French courses help students develop an active command of the language. In FREN W1101 Elementary Course and FREN W1102 Elementary Course, the communicative approach is the main instructional method. In addition to practicing all four language skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—students are introduced to the cultural features of diverse French-speaking communities.

Intermediate courses, FREN W1201 Intermediate Course and FREN W1202 Intermediate Course, develop linguistic competence through the study of short stories, films, novels and plays. After completing the four-semester language sequence, students can discuss and write in fairly proficient French on complex topics.

At the third-year level, attention is focused on more sophisticated use of language in grammar and composition courses and on literary, historical, and philosophical questions.

Conversation Courses

Students looking for intensive French oral practice may take one of the 2-point conversation courses offered at intermediate and advanced levels. Conversation courses generally may not be counted toward the major. The exception is the special 3-point advanced conversation course, FREN W3498 French Cultural Workshop, offered in the fall, designed to meet the needs of students planning to study abroad at Reid Hall.

Advanced Placement

  • AP score of 4: The department grants 0 credits for a score of 4 on the AP French Language exam, but the foreign language requirement is satisfied.
  • AP score of 5 or DELF: The department grants 3 credits for a score of 5 on the AP French Language exam, or for the completion of DELF (Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française). Students are awarded this credit after they take a 3000-level French course (taught in French, for at least 3 points) and obtain a grade of B or above in that course.
  • DALF C1 level or IB HL score of 6 or 7: The department grants 6 credits for the C1 level of DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française), or for a score of 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level (HL) exam. Students have no obligation to take higher-level French courses in order to receive these 6 credits, but restrictions apply on the use of these credits toward the French major.

Language Laboratory and On-line Materials

Language laboratories located in the International Affairs Building provide opportunities for intensive practice in French pronunciation and aural comprehension. French courses typically make extensive use of on-line interactive materials that students can access from their own computer terminals.

Maison Française

Students interested in French should acquaint themselves with the Maison Française, which houses a reading room of French newspapers, periodicals, books, and videos, and sponsors lectures/discussions by distinguished French visitors to New York City. With its weekly French film series, book club, café-conversation and other events, the Maison Française offers an excellent opportunity for students to perfect their language skills and enhance their knowledge of French and Francophone culture.

Study Abroad

Because a direct experience of contemporary French society is an essential part of the program, majors and concentrators are strongly encouraged to spend either a semester or a year at Reid Hall-Columbia University in Paris, or at another French or Francophone university. During their time abroad, students take courses credited toward the major, and in some cases, also toward other majors (e.g. history, art history, political science).

For information on study abroad, visit the OGP website at www.ogp.columbia.edu, call 212-854-2559, or e-mail studyabroad@columbia.edu. For a list of approved study abroad programs, visit http://www.ogp.columbia.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ListAll.

Reid Hall, Paris

Located at 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris, Reid Hall is administered by Columbia University. It offers semester and year-long programs of study, as well as summer courses.

Most students who study at Reid Hall take courses in the French university system (e.g. at the Sorbonne) and core courses offered at Reid Hall.  In their first semester, students  take a course in academic writing in French, enabling them to succeed at a high level in French university courses. Special opportunities include small topical seminars of Reid Hall students and French students.

For information on study abroad at Reid Hall, visit www.ogp.columbia.edu.

Grading

Students who wish to offer toward the major or concentration a course in which a grade of D has been received must consult with the director of undergraduate studies.

Departmental Honors

Majors who wish to be considered for departmental honors should consult with the director of undergraduate studies. To be eligible, students must have a grade point average of at least 3.7 in major courses and have completed an approved senior thesis under the guidance of a faculty member at Columbia or Reid Hall. Normally no more than 10% of graduating majors each year receive departmental honors.

Undergraduate Prizes

The Department of French and Romance Philology awards the following prizes to students enrolled in courses in the department:

  1. Prize for Excellence in French Studies: awarded to a highly promising student in an intermediate or advanced French course.
  2. Senior French Prize: awarded to an outstanding graduating major.

Professors

  • Antoine Compagnon
  • Souleymane Bachir Diagne
  • Pierre Force
  • Elisabeth Ladenson

Associate Professors

  • Peter Connor (Barnard)
  • Vincent Debaene
  • Madeleine Dobie
  • Emmanuelle Saada
  • Joanna Stalnaker

Assistant Professors

Eliza Zingesser

Visiting Professors

Etienne Balibar

Senior Lecturers

  • Pascale Hubert-Leibler
  • Sophie Queuniet

Lecturers

  • Vincent Aurora
  • Alexandra Borer
  • Pascale Crépon
  • Heidi Holst-Knudsen
  • Samuel Skippon

Major in French

The program of study should be planned before the end of the sophomore year with the director of undergraduate studies.

The major in French requires a minimum of 33 points beyond completion of language requirement (FREN W1202 Intermediate Course) distributed as follows:

FREN W3405 Advanced Grammar and Composition
FREN W3333
 - FREN W3334
Introduction to Literary Study I
   and Introduction to Literary Studies II
FREN W3600 France, Past and Present. An Introduction to French Civilization.
FREN W3995 Senior Seminar
One upper-level course on literature before 1800
One course in area of Francophone literature or culture, i.e. bearing on practices of French outside of France or on internal cultural diversity of France
The remaining courses (12 points) are to be chosen from 3000-level offerings in French literature, linguistics, or civilization.

Note the following:

  • FREN BC3006 Composition and Conversation is not applicable to either the French major or the concentration. Other Barnard French courses may be taken with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies.
  • Heritage speakers are exempted from FREN W3405 Advanced Grammar and Composition, but must replace the course by taking an advanced elective.

The following Columbia French courses are not applicable to the French major or concentration:

FREN W1101 Elementary Course
FREN W1102 Elementary Course
FREN W1105 Accelerated Elementary French
FREN W1201 Intermediate Course
FREN W1202 Intermediate Course
FREN W1206 Rapid Reading and Translation
FREN W1221 Intermediate Conversation I and II
FREN W1222 Intermediate Conversation I and II
FREN W3131 Third-Year Conversation
FREN W3132 Third-Year Conversation
FREN W3240 French Language , Society, and Culture through film
FREN W3498 French Cultural Workshop

Concentration in French

The concentration in French requires a minimum of 27 points beyond completion of language requirement (FREN W1202 Intermediate Course) distributed as follows:

FREN W3405 Advanced Grammar and Composition
FREN W3600 France, Past and Present. An Introduction to French Civilization.
FREN W3333
 - FREN W3334
Introduction to Literary Study I
   and Introduction to Literary Studies II
The remaining courses (15 points) to be chosen from 3000-level offerings in French literature, linguistics, or civilization.

Major in French and Francophone Studies

The program of study should be planned before the end of the sophomore year with the director of undergraduate studies.

The major in French and Francophone studies requires a minimum of 33 points beyond completion of the language requirement (FREN W1202 Intermediate Course) distributed as follows:

FREN W3405 Advanced Grammar and Composition
FREN W3420 Introduction to French and Francophone Studies, I
FREN W3421 Introduction to French and Francophone Studies II
FREN W3995 Senior Seminar
One course on francophone/postcolonial French literature
The remaining courses (18 points) are to be chosen from upper-level offerings in French and other disciplines. Nine (9) of these points must be taken in a discipline other than French literature. To ensure focus, these interdisciplinary electives must fall within a single discipline of subject area. Courses must be pre-approved by the director of undergraduate studies. One of the advanced electives may be a senior essay written under the direction of a faculty member affiliated with the French and Francophone studies committee or teaching at Reid Hall. Majors who choose to write a senior essay at Columbia should register for the senior tutorial course in their adviser's home department.

Note the following:

  • FREN BC3006 Composition and Conversation is not applicable to either the French and Francophone studies major or concentration. Other Barnard College French courses may be taken with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies.
  • Heritage speakers are exempted from FREN W3405 Advanced Grammar and Composition, but must replace the course by taking an advanced elective.

The following Columbia French courses are not applicable to the French and Francophone studies major or concentration:

FREN W1101 Elementary Course
FREN W1102 Elementary Course
FREN W1105 Accelerated Elementary French
FREN W1201 Intermediate Course
FREN W1202 Intermediate Course
FREN W1206 Rapid Reading and Translation
FREN W1221 Intermediate Conversation I and II
FREN W1222 Intermediate Conversation I and II
FREN W3131 Third-Year Conversation
FREN W3132 Third-Year Conversation
FREN W3240 French Language , Society, and Culture through film
FREN W3498 French Cultural Workshop

Concentration in French and Francophone Studies

The concentration in French and Francophone studies requires a minimum of 27 points beyond completion of the language requirement (FREN W1202 Intermediate Course) distributed as follows:

FREN W3405 Advanced Grammar and Composition
FREN W3420 Introduction to French and Francophone Studies, I
FREN W3421 Introduction to French and Francophone Studies II
One course on francophone/postcolonial French literature
The remaining courses (15 points) are to be chosen from upper-level offerings in French and other disciplines. Six (6) of these points must be taken in a discipline other than French literature. To ensure focus, these interdisciplinary elective courses must fall within a single discipline or subject area. Courses must be pre-approved by the director of undergraduate studies.

Language

FREN W1101 Elementary Course. 4 points.

Enrollment limited to 20. The same course as W1101x-W1102y, above.

Spring 2015: FREN W1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 1101 001/19687 M T W Th 8:50am - 9:55am
407 Hamilton Hall
Anne-Marie Moscatelli 4 16/18
FREN 1101 002/17050 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
407 Hamilton Hall
Anne-Marie Moscatelli 4 11/18
FREN 1101 003/63319 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
201a Philosophy Hall
Sophie Queuniet 4 16/18
FREN 1101 004/75261 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
201a Philosophy Hall
Sophie Queuniet 4 11/18
FREN 1101 005/65526 M W F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
255 International Affairs Bldg
Eric Matheis 4 12/18
FREN 1101 006/24427 M W F 2:40pm - 3:55pm
411 Hamilton Hall
Denise Carroll 4 12/18
FREN 1101 007/77619 T Th F 4:10pm - 5:25pm
315 Hamilton Hall
Jacqueline Lerescu 4 14/20
FREN 1101 008/19108 T Th F 6:10pm - 7:25pm
413 Hamilton Hall
Nicolae Virastau 4 10/20
Fall 2015: FREN W1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 1101 001/74995 M T W Th 8:50am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Pascale Crepon 4 6/18
FREN 1101 002/76325 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
4 4/18
FREN 1101 003/70306 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
Room TBA
Pascale Crepon 4 13/18
FREN 1101 004/11282 T Th F 8:40am - 9:55am
407 Hamilton Hall
Samuel Skippon 4 4/18
FREN 1101 005/29666 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
Room TBA
4 4/18
FREN 1101 006/28964 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Room TBA
4 9/18
FREN 1101 007/24465 T Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
4 4/18
FREN 1101 008/19975 M W F 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
4 3/18
FREN 1101 009/72428 T Th F 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
4 7/18
FREN 1101 010/17236 M W F 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
4 4/18
FREN 1101 011/61226 T Th F 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Room TBA
4 0/18
FREN 1101 012/26704 M W Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Room TBA
4 5/18

FREN W1102 Elementary Course. 4 points.

Enrollment limited to 20. The same course as W1101x-W1102y, above.

Spring 2015: FREN W1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 1102 001/23985 M T W Th 8:50am - 9:55am
616 Hamilton Hall
Pascale Crepon 4 18/18
FREN 1102 002/15051 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
616 Hamilton Hall
Pascale Crepon 4 10/18
FREN 1102 003/68716 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
253 International Affairs Bldg
Kalinka Alvarez 4 16/18
FREN 1102 004/10474 T Th F 11:40am - 12:55pm
253 International Affairs Bldg
Denise Carroll 4 7/18
FREN 1102 005/73315 T Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
254 International Affairs Bldg
William Burton 4 16/18
FREN 1102 006/29003 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
253 International Affairs Bldg
Christopher Wood 4 18/18
FREN 1102 007/68170 M T W Th 2:40pm - 3:45pm
253 International Affairs Bldg
Christopher Wood 4 15/18
FREN 1102 008/12453 M W Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
407 Hamilton Hall
Aurelie Chatton 4 13/18
FREN 1102 010/76699 M W Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
407 Hamilton Hall
Aurelie Chatton 4 10/18
FREN 1102 011/72108 M W Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
411 Hamilton Hall
Caroline Dolan 4 11/18
Fall 2015: FREN W1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 1102 001/23694 M T W Th 8:50am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Aurelie Chatton 4 10/18
FREN 1102 002/15045 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
Room TBA
Aurelie Chatton 4 12/18
FREN 1102 003/15976 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
Room TBA
Eric Matheis 4 6/18
FREN 1102 004/76293 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Room TBA
Eric Matheis 4 15/18
FREN 1102 005/10040 T Th F 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
4 5/18

FREN W1105 Accelerated Elementary French. 8 points.

Prerequisites: Instructor's permission

Fall 2015: FREN W1105
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 1105 001/77116 M T W Th 9:00am - 11:00am
201a Philosophy Hall
Pascale Hubert-Leibler 8 10/18

FREN W1201 Intermediate Course. 4 points.

Enrollment limited to 20. The same course as W1201x-W1202y, above.

Spring 2015: FREN W1201
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 1201 001/77544 T Th F 8:40am - 9:55am
325 Pupin Laboratories
Alexandra Borer 4 15/18
FREN 1201 002/67579 M T W Th 10:00am - 10:50am
201a Philosophy Hall
Pascale Hubert-Leibler 4 16/18
FREN 1201 003/29952 M W F 11:40am - 12:55pm
413 Hamilton Hall
Vincent Aurora 4 6/18
FREN 1201 004/74896 M W F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
413 Hamilton Hall
Vincent Aurora 4 16/18
FREN 1201 005/73309 T Th F 4:10pm - 5:25pm
313 Hamilton Hall
Celia Abele 4 3/18
Fall 2015: FREN W1201
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 1201 001/10988 T Th F 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
4 10/18
FREN 1201 002/63222 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
4 9/18
FREN 1201 004/60545 M T W Th 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Room TBA
4 18/18
FREN 1201 005/11852 T Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
4 9/18
FREN 1201 006/14131 T W Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Sophie Queuniet 4 1/18
FREN 1201 007/18327 M T W Th 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room TBA
4 18/18
FREN 1201 008/68502 T Th F 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
4 4/18
FREN 1201 009/60664 M W Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Room TBA
4 18/18
FREN 1201 010/69015 M W F 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
4 8/18

FREN W1202 Intermediate Course. 4 points.

Enrollment limited to 20. The same course as W1201x-W1202y, above.

Spring 2015: FREN W1202
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 1202 001/61231 T W Th 8:40am - 9:55am
411 Hamilton Hall
Samuel Skippon 4 15/18
FREN 1202 002/70682 M T W Th 9:00am - 9:50am
507 Philosophy Hall
Charlotte Chennetier 4 12/18
FREN 1202 003/14850 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
255 International Affairs Bldg
Anais Maurer 4 10/18
FREN 1202 005/73660 M T W Th 12:00pm - 12:50pm
411 Hamilton Hall
Sophie-Anne Bisiaux 4 17/18
FREN 1202 006/62977 M T W Th 1:00pm - 1:50pm
507 Philosophy Hall
Katherine Balkoski 4 15/18
FREN 1202 007/72737 T Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
411 Hamilton Hall
Heidi Holst-Knudsen 4 11/18
FREN 1202 008/16582 T Th F 2:40pm - 3:55pm
254 International Affairs Bldg
Rose Gardner 4 16/18
FREN 1202 009/98096 M T W Th 1:00pm - 1:50pm
306 Hamilton Hall
Ines Nam 4 10/18
FREN 1202 010/70392 M W Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201a Philosophy Hall
Adham Azab 4 13/18
FREN 1202 011/11849 M W Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
325 Pupin Laboratories
Mara Lasky 4 18/18
Fall 2015: FREN W1202
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 1202 001/67093 T Th F 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Alexandra Borer 4 5/18
FREN 1202 002/26728 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Alexandra Borer 4 8/18
FREN 1202 003/22793 M T W Th 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Room TBA
4 12/18
FREN 1202 004/14367 M T W Th 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room TBA
4 12/18
FREN 1202 005/69066 T Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Heidi Holst-Knudsen 4 8/18
FREN 1202 006/20387 T Th F 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Heidi Holst-Knudsen 4 8/18

FREN W1206 Rapid Reading and Translation. 3 points.

This a course designed to prepare graduate students in other departments to fulfill their foreign language proficiency requirement.

Spring 2015: FREN W1206
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 1206 001/21135 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
315 Hamilton Hall
Eric Matheis 3 3/15
Fall 2015: FREN W1206
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 1206 001/10924 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
3 2

FREN W1221 Intermediate Conversation I and II. 2 points.

Conducted in French. Practice in conversational French, with emphasis on comprehension, pronunciation, and idiomatic usage. Recommended parallel: French W1201-W1202

Spring 2015: FREN W1221
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 1221 001/23635 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
411 Hamilton Hall
Johanna Magin 2 11/15
FREN 1221 002/10308 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
315 Hamilton Hall
Johanna Magin 2 11/15
Fall 2015: FREN W1221
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 1221 001/67747 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Sophie Queuniet 2 7/15
FREN 1221 002/15843 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
2 10/15

FREN W1222 Intermediate Conversation I and II. 2 points.

Conducted in French. Practice in conversational French, with emphasis on comprehension, pronunciation, and idiomatic usage. Recommended parallel: French W1201-W1202

Spring 2015: FREN W1222
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 1222 001/17235 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
407 Hamilton Hall
Aurelie Chatton 2 12/15
FREN 1222 002/18002 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
507 Philosophy Hall
Maya Sidhu 2 9/15
Fall 2015: FREN W1222
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 1222 001/72903 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Laure Astourian 2 5/15
FREN 1222 002/77052 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Laure Astourian 2 2/15

FREN W3131 Third-Year Conversation. 2 points.

Prerequisites: completion of the language requirement in French or the equivalent.

Conversation on contemporary French subjects based on readings in current popular French periodicals.

Fall 2015: FREN W3131
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3131 001/61945 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
2 5/15
FREN 3131 002/65569 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
2 6/15
FREN 3131 003/18792 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
2 9/15

FREN W3132 Third-Year Conversation. 2 points.

Prerequisites: completion of the language requirement in French or the equivalent.

Conversation on contemporary French subjects based on readings in current popular French periodicals.

Spring 2015: FREN W3132
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3132 001/26970 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
507 Philosophy Hall
Charlotte Chennetier 2 9/15
FREN 3132 002/24374 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
411 Hamilton Hall
Sophie-Anne Bisiaux 2 13/15
FREN 3132 003/64078 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
507 Philosophy Hall
Charlotte Chennetier 2 11/15

FREN W3240 French Language , Society, and Culture through film. 3 points.

Prerequisites: FREN W1202 Intermediate French II

French socio-political issues and language through the prism of film. Especially designed for non-majors wishing to further develop their French language skills and learn about French culture. Each module includes assignments targeting the four language competencies: reading, writing, speaking and oral comprehension, as well as cultural understanding. Note: this course does not count toward the French major or concentration.

Spring 2015: FREN W3240
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3240 001/74178 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
411 Hamilton Hall
Heidi Holst-Knudsen 3 13/15
Fall 2015: FREN W3240
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3240 001/60133 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Heidi Holst-Knudsen 3 15/15

FREN W3405 Advanced Grammar and Composition. 3 points.

Enrollment limited to 15. The goal of W3405 is to help students improve their grammar and perfect their writing and reading skills, especially as a preparation for taking literature or civilization courses, or spending a semester in a francophone country. Through the study of two full-length works of literature and a number of short texts representative of different genres, periods, and styles, they will become more aware of stylistic nuances, and will be introduced to the vocabulary and methods of literary analysis. Working on the advanced grammar points covered in this course will further strengthen their mastery of French syntax. They will also be practicing writing through a variety of exercises, including pastiches and creative pieces, as well as typically French forms of academic writing such as "résumé," "explication de texte," and "dissertation".

Spring 2015: FREN W3405
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3405 001/62613 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
325 Pupin Laboratories
Alexandra Borer 3 11/15
FREN 3405 002/74082 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
407 Hamilton Hall
Pascale Crepon 3 9/15
FREN 3405 003/67151 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
413 Hamilton Hall
Vincent Aurora 3 14/15
Fall 2015: FREN W3405
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3405 001/17221 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
407 Hamilton Hall
Samuel Skippon 3 5/15
FREN 3405 002/10153 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Pascale Crepon 3 15/15
FREN 3405 003/10486 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Alexandra Borer 3 5/15
FREN 3405 004/72497 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
3 3/15
FREN 3405 005/26323 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
3 4/15

FREN W3498 French Cultural Workshop. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Completion of 1202
Designed (though not exclusively) for students contemplating a stay at Reid Hall, this course will foster a comparison of the French and American cultures with readings from sociological sources and emphasis on in-class discussion in an attempt to comprehend and avoid common causes of cross-cultural communication

Fall 2015: FREN W3498
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3498 001/21596 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
413 Hamilton Hall
Vincent Aurora 3 2/18

FREN W4995 French for Diplomats. 3 points.

 This course deals with French foreign policy. It is designed for students who have a good French level (the whole course is taught is French, so there are minimal requirements) and are interested by international relations and France. It aims at improving students' knowledge of French diplomacy : the vision and values it carries, its history, its logic, its strenghts, its weaknesses, the interrogations and challenges it faces. Though it is not a language course (there will be no grammar), it will also shapren students' mastering of French (especially useful for those considering an exchange at Sciences Po, or wanting to work in places such as the United nations where it is useful to master some French diplomatic vocabulary).

Literature and Culture

FREN W3333 Introduction to Literary Study I. 3 points.

Prerequisites: FREN 3405 (Advanced Grammar and Composition) or an AP score of 5 or the permission of the instructor.

Enrollment limited to 20. Reading and discussion of major works from the Middle Ages to 1750.

Spring 2015: FREN W3333
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3333 001/71446 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
616 Hamilton Hall
Gabriela Badea 3 9/18
Fall 2015: FREN W3333
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3333 001/70363 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Eliza Zingesser 3 15/20

FREN W3334 Introduction to Literary Studies II. 3 points.

Prerequisites: FREN 3405 (Advanced Grammar and Composition) or an AP score of 5 or the permission of the instructor.

Enrollment limited to 20. Reading and discussion of major works from 1750 to the present.

Spring 2015: FREN W3334
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3334 001/67566 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
507 Philosophy Hall
Vincent Debaene 3 13/18
Fall 2015: FREN W3334
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3334 001/70760 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
3 13/20

FREN W3420 Introduction to French and Francophone Studies, I. 3 points.

Prerequisites: FREN 3405 (Advanced Grammar and Composition) or an AP score of 5 or the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies' permission.

Examines conceptions of culture and civilization in France from the Enlightenment to the Exposition Coloniale of 1931, with an emphasis on the historical development and ideological foundations of French colonialism. Authors and texts include: the Encyclopédie; the Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen; the Code noir; Diderot; Chateaubriand; Tocqueville; Claire de Duras; Renan; Gobineau; Gauguin; Drumont.

Fall 2015: FREN W3420
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3420 001/62024 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Madeleine Dobie 3 18/20

FREN W3421 Introduction to French and Francophone Studies II. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).
Not offered during 2015-16 academic year.

Prerequisites: Satisfaction of French language requirement or permission of the instructor.

Universalism vs. exceptionalism, tradition vs. modernity, integration and exclusion, racial, gender, regional and national identities will be considered in this introduction to the contemporary French speaking world in Europe, the Americas and Africa. Authors include Aimé Césaire, Léopold Senghor, Maryse Condé, and Frantz Fanon.

Spring 2015: FREN W3421
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3421 001/09044 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
307 Milbank Hall
Kaiama Glover 3 27

FREN W3503 Enlightenment/Counter-Enlightenment. 3 points.

Not offered during 2015-16 academic year.

Prerequisites: Completion of French W3333 or W3334 and W3405, or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies

Taking modern definitions and critiques of Enlightenment as its starting point, this course will look at how the Enlightenment defined itself as a philosophical, cultural and literary movement, practiced self-criticism from within, and responded to dissension and critique from without. Authors will include Adorno, Horkheimer, Foucault and Israel for the modern critical context, and Voltaire, Diderot, Buffon, Rousseau, Sade and Kant for the eighteenth century material. The course will be given in French, but non-majors may write papers in English. This course fulfills the French Major requirement for a course on literature before 1800.

FREN W3517 Montaigne, Descartes, Pascal. 3 points.

Not offered during 2015-16 academic year.

Prerequisites: FREN W3333-W3334 or the permission of the director of undergraduate studies or the instructor

A study of Montaigne’s Essais and their rewriting by Descartes and Pascal, with a focus on the nature of intellectual and aesthetic innovation in a humanist context.

FREN W3520 The Avant-Gardes in France. From Baudelaire to Situationism.. 0 points.

Not offered during 2015-16 academic year.

  In this course, we will study the main movements of 19th and 20th-century literary history: symbolism, modernism, dada, surrealism, existentialism, Nouveau Roman, situationism... We will pay particular attention to the emergence of the notion of avant-garde and to its theoretical implications. Although centered on literature, the course will also consider some musical and visual pieces (paintings, collages, sculptures, photographs, short films...).

FREN W3529 French Theater in Performance. 3 points.

Not offered during 2015-16 academic year.

Prerequisites: Advanced coursework in French (3405, 3333, 3334 or the equivalent)

This course will combine reading, interpretation and performance of a small selection of short French plays from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in preparation for a public performance at Columbia University’s Maison Française at the end of the semester. Class size is limited to 15, and students must have done advanced coursework in French (3405, 3333, 3334 or the equivalent) to register for the course.

Spring 2015: FREN W3529
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3529 001/72604  
3 0/15

FREN W3544 French Lyric Poetry. 3 points.

Not offered during 2015-16 academic year.

Prerequisites: FREN W3333-W3334 or the permission of the director of undergraduate studies or the instructor.

A study of lyric poetry from the Middle-Ages to the Nineteenth Century, with a focus on the changing uses of poetic form. Authors include Charles d'Orléans, Christine de Pizan, Voiture, Musset, Banville, Hugo.

FREN W3600 France, Past and Present. An Introduction to French Civilization.. 3 points.

Prerequisites: French W3333 or W3334 and W3405, or the permission of the director of undergraduate studies.

 Based on readings of short historical sources, the course will provide an overview of French political and cultural history since 1700

Spring 2015: FREN W3600
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3600 001/70703 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
303 Hamilton Hall
Emmanuelle Saada 3 24

FREN W3603 Sexual Enlightenment. 3 points.

Not offered during 2015-16 academic year.

Prerequisites: FREN W3333-W3334 or the instructor's permission.

This course explores the relationship between sex and knowledge in literary and philosophical works of the French Enlightenment. Authors include Montesquieu, Crébillon, Buffon, Condillac, Diderot, Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Laclos and Sade. The course fulfills the pre-1800 requirement for the French major.

FREN W3640 Poesie Francophone d'Afrique et des Antilles 1890-1970. 3 points.

Not offered during 2015-16 academic year.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: French W3333-W3334 or the permission of the director of undergraduate studies or the instructor.

This class is devoted to an understudied aspect of Francophone literature, namely the wide corpus of poetry written in French in Africa and the Caribbean, until (and including) decolonization. We will close-read poems, insisting on the basic tools required to do so and on the history of poetic forms (e.g. what are the differences between vers libre, verset, poème en prose?), and we will explore notions such as exoticism, automatism, avant-garde or anthology. The ultimate goal is to reflect on the practice of writing and reading poetry in the context of a structural imbalance between center and periphery. The course is taught in French and the readings will be in French.

FREN W3666 Moliere. 3 points.

Not offered during 2015-16 academic year.

Prerequisites: Completion of FREN W3333 or W3334 and W3405, or permission of the director of undergraduate studies.

 Study of Molière's major plays, including Tartuffe, Dom Juan, and Le Misanthrope, focusing on key concepts such as naturalness and convention, value and exchange, and the relationship between ethics and comedy. Special attention will be paid to the connections between critical approaches of the text and the various ways in which the plays can be staged.

Fall 2015: FREN W3666
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3666 001/28626 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Pierre Force 3 9

FREN W3714 1914-2014 : un siècle de littératures en français. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Completion of French W3333 or W3334 and W3405, or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies

This class is intended as a survey course on French literatures in the past 100 years. It will consider all major moments and movements of literature in French in the 20th century (surrealism, existentialism, negritude, Nouveau Roman...) until and including some of the most remarkable literary creations of the early 21st century. The course is taught in French and the readings will be in French.

FREN W3672 Surrealism. 3 points.

Not offered during 2015-16 academic year.

Prerequisites: FREN W3333-W3334 or the permission of the director of undergraduate studies or the instructor

Study of one of the main movements of 20th-century literary history, and art history in general. We will pay particular attention to the evolution of surrealism and to its theoretical implications on such key notions as: the notion of author, of avant-garde, of automatism, of image or of work of art. Although centered on literature, the course will also consider some visual pieces (paintings, collages, sculptures, photographs, short films…).

FREN W3695 The French Philosophical Tradition. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).
Not offered during 2015-16 academic year.

Prerequisites: French W3333-W3334 or the permission of the director of undergraduate studies or the instructor.

A study of the French philosophical tradition from Montaigne to Derrida, with an emphasis on moral and political philosophy. Readings also include Descartes, Pascal, La Rochefoucauld, Voltaire, Rousseau, Tocqueville, Renan, and Ricœur.

FREN W3766 Transcribing/Writing Tales in Africa. 3 points.

Not offered during 2015-16 academic year.

Prerequisites: W3333-W3334 or the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Instructor.The students are required to be able to read and discuss tales in French.

  Transcribing, adapting, rewriting, reinventing in the French language African oral tales is an important literary genre in African francophone literature. The works of authors such as Amadou Hampâté Bâ from Mali, Bernard Dadié from Côte d'Ivoire and Birago Diop from Senegal are among the classics of that genre. The course is a study of a certain number of "tales" written with talent and humor by Bâ, Dadié and Diop; they are from the following books: Il n' y a pas de petite querelle (Bâ), Le pagne noir (Dadié), Les contes d'Amadou Koumba, and Les nouveaux contes d'Amadou Koumba (Diop).The course is intended primarily for undergraduate students interested in French and in Francophone Studies majors, concentrators and those who speak French and want to study an important aspect of literature in French.

Senior Seminar and Senior Thesis

FREN W3995 Senior Seminar. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Completion of either FREN W3333-W3334 or FREN W3420-W3421, and W3405, or permission of the director of undergraduate studies or the instructor. Required of all French and French & Francophone Studies majors. Usually taken by majors during the fall term of their senior year. Critical discussion of a few major literary works along with some classic commentaries on those works. Students critically assess and practice diverse methods of literary analysis.

Required of all French majors. Usually taken by majors during the fall term of their senior year. Critical discussion of a few major literary works along with some classic commentaries on those works. Students critically assess and practice diverse methods of literary analysis.

Fall 2015: FREN W3995
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3995 001/23654 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Antoine Compagnon 3 7

FREN W3996 Senior Tutorial in French Literature. 3 points.

Prerequisites: the permission of the director of undergraduate studies.

Required for majors wishing to be considered for departmental honors. This course may also be taken at Reid Hall. Recommended for seniors majoring or concentrating in French and open to other qualified students. Preparation of a senior essay. In consultation with a staff member designated by the director of undergraduate studies, the student develops a topic withing the areas of French language, literature, or intellectual history.

Spring 2015: FREN W3996
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
FREN 3996 001/60840  
Vincent Debaene 3 2