Upcoming Undergraduate Course Schedule & Descriptions
UNDERGRADUATE COURSE OFFERINGS
LANGUAGE COURSESInformation on placement into language courses can be found HERE. In addition, CAS's schedule of exams are available HERE.
Elementary French I
Open to students with no previous training in French. Not equivalent to FREN-UA 10. Only by following FREN-UA 1 with FREN-UA 2 can a student complete the equivalent of FREN-UA 10 and then continue on to the intermediate level.
Section 001: MWR, 8:00am – 9:15am (#7733) – TBA
Section 002: MWR, 9:30am – 10:45am (#7734) – TBA
Section 003: MWR, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#7735) – TBA
Section 004: MWR, 12:30am – 1:45pm (#7736) – TBA
Section 005: MWR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#7737) – TBA
Section 006: MWR, 3:30pm – 4:45pm (#7738) – TBA
Section 007: TR, 2:00pm – 4:00pm (#9213) – TBA
- Note: this section is reserved for Tisch students. Please contact the department for admission.
Elementary French II
Continuation of FREN-UA 1. To continue on to the intermediate level, a student must complete both FREN-UA 1 and FREN-UA 2. This two-semester sequence is equivalent to FREN-UA 10.
Section 001: MWR, 8:00am – 9:15am (#7739) – TBA
Section 002: MWR, 9:30am – 10:45am (#7740) – TBA
Section 003: MWR, 9:30am – 10:45am (#7741) – TBA
Section 004: MWR, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#7742) – TBA
Section 005: MWR, 12:30pm – 1:45pm (#7743) – TBA
Section 006: MWR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#7744) – TBA
Section 007: MWR, 3:30pm – 4:34pm (#7745) – TBA
Section 008: MWR, 3:30pm – 4:34pm (#7746) – TBA
Section 009: TWF, 12:30pm - 1:45pm (#7747) - TBA
Intensive Elementary French (6 points)
Open to students with no previous training in French. Completes the equivalent of a year's elementary level in one semester.
Section 001: MTWRF, 8:00am – 9:15am (#7748) – TBA
Section 002: MTWRF, 9:30am – 10:45am (#7749) – TBA
Section 003: MTWRF, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#7749) – TBA
Section 004: MTWRF, 12:30pm - 1:45pm (#8622) - TBA
Intermediate French I
Open to students who have completed the equivalent of a year's elementary level and to others on assignment by placement test. Not equivalent to FREN-UA 20. Only by following FREN-UA 11 with FREN-UA 12 can a student complete the equivalent of FREN-UA 20 and then continue on to the post-intermediate level.
Section 002: MTR, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#7751) – TBA
Section 003: MTR, 12:30pm – 1:45pm (#7752) – TBA
Section 004: MTR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#7753) – TBA
Section 005: MTR, 3:30pm – 4:45pm (#7754) – TBA
Section 006: MTR, 4:55pm - 6:10pm (#7755) – TBA
Intermediate French II
Continuation of FREN-UA 11. To fulfill the MAP requirement and continue on to the post-intermediate level, a student must complete both FREN-UA 11 and FREN-UA 12. This two-semester sequence is equivalent to FREN-UA 20.
Section 001: MTR, 8:00am – 9:15am (#7756) – TBA
Section 002: MTR, 9:30am – 10:45am (#7757) - TBA
Section 003: MTR, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#7758) – TBA
Section 004: MTR, 12:30pm – 1:45pm (#7759) – TBA
Section 005: MTR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#7760) – TBA
Section 006: MTR, 3:30pm – 4:45pm (#7761) – TBA
Section 007: MTR, 4:55pm – 6:10pm (#7762) – TBA
Intensive Intermediate French (6 points)
Open to students who have completed the equivalent of a year's elementary level and to others on assignment by placement test. Complete's the equivalent of a year's intermediate level in one semester.
Section 001: MTWRF, 8:00am – 9:15am (#7763) – TBA
Section 002: MTWRF, 9:30am – 10:45am (#7764) – TBA
Section 003: MTWRF, 12:30pm – 1:45pm (#7765) – TBA
Section 004: MTWRF, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#7766) – TBA
Conversation & Composition
Systemizes and reinforces the language skills presented in earlier-level courses through an intensive review of grammar, written exercises, an introduction to composition, lexical enrichment, and spoken skills.
Section 001: MWR, 8:00am – 9:15am (#7767) – TBA
Section 002: MWR, 9:30am -10:45am (#7768) – TBA
Section 003: MWR, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#7769) – TBA
Section 004: MWR, 12:30pm – 1:45pm (#7770) – TBA
Section 005: MWR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#7771) – TBA
Section 006: MWR, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#7772) – TBA
ADVANCED LANGUAGE COURSES
Spoken Contemporary French
Helps the student to develop vocabulary, improve pronunciation, and learn new idiomatic expressions. Introduction to corrective phonetics and emphasis on understanding contemporary French through a study of such authentic documents as radio and television interviews, advertisements, and spontaneous oral productions.
Section 001: MTR, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#7773) – TBA
Section 002: MTR, 12:30pm – 1:45pm (#7774) – TBA
Section 003: MTR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#7775) – TBA
Section 004: MTR, 3:30pm – 4:45pm (#7776) – TBA
TR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm
25 W. 4th St., C-18
Ce cours est un cours de linguistique. Dans ce cours, on parlera de la phonétique et de la prononciation. Ce cours vous donnera l'occasion: (1) de mieux comprendre les systèmes phonologiques du français et de l'américain (oui, j’ai écrit l’américain!), (2) de découvrir et expliquer les problèmes typiques d'un anglophone américain qui apprend le français, (3) de découvrir et expliquer les problèmes typiques d’un francophone qui apprend l’américain, (4) de corriger ces mêmes problèmes (ce qu'on appelle «la phonétique corrective»), (5) d'améliorer votre prononciation du français et votre compréhension auditive, (6) de développer votre capacité de reconnaître vos propres erreurs et de les corriger, (7) d'apprendre l'alphabet phonétique international (API), qui vous sera un outil indispensable dans toutes vos études linguistiques, (8) de perfectionner votre façon d'expliquer un phénomène linguistique (ou n'importe quel autre phénomène) d'une façon nette et précise, (9) de maîtriser le vocabulaire linguistique en français et en anglais et (10) de mieux apprécier le français et votre(vos) propre(s) langue(s) maternelle(s).
Written Contemporary French
Designed to improve the student's written French and to provide advanced training in French and comparative grammar. Students are trained to express themselves in a variety of writing situations (for example, diaries, transcriptions, narrations, letters). Focuses on the distinction between spoken and written styles and the problem of contrastive grammar. Emphasis on accuracy and fluency of usage in the written language.
Section 001: MWR, 9:30am – 10:45am (#7778) – TBA
Section 002: MWR, 11:00am – 12:15pm (#7779) – TBA
(Section 002 is an advanced section)
Section 003: MWR, 12:30pm – 1:45pm (#7780) – TBA
Section 004: MWR, 2:00pm – 3:15pm (#7781) – TBA
Section 005: MWR, 3:30pm – 4:45pm (#7782) – TBA
TR, 9:30am – 10:45am
25 W. 4th St., C-9
Practice of translation through French and English texts taken from a variety of sources to present a range of contrasting grammatical and stylistic problems. Also stresses acquisition of vocabulary.
Advanced Techniques of Translation
W, 11:00am - 1:45pm
25 W. 4th St., C-18
Provides intensive practice in translating. Every week is devoted to a different genre of writing (such as poetry, prose, journalism, or subtitling) or a different set of issues related to translating (such as cultural, grammatical and sentential, phonic/graphic and prosodic, or language variety).
TR, 9:30am – 10:45am
25 W. 4th St., C-10
Designed for students who wish to learn the specialized language used in French business. Emphasis on oral and written communication, as well as the acquisition of a business and commercial vocabulary dealing with the varied activities of a commercial firm (for example, advertising, transportation, banking). Stresses group work in simulated business situations and exposure to authentic spoken materials.
Creative Writing in French
Prof. Emmanuelle Ertel
R, 12:30pm - 3:15pm
15 Washing Mews, B03
This course is designed as an advanced language course in writing in French. Its main goals are three-fold: to further students’ grammatical and syntactical mastery of written French, to enable them to write more fluently in the language, and develop a deeper, more intimate knowledge of French literature. Each two-week section, part of an overall semester progression, will start with the preliminary study of a variety of texts taken from a wide-ranging selection of poetry, fiction and non-fiction pieces from different periods in time. The course will mainly take the form of a workshop, where students will share their productions and collectively discuss and edit them. (Pre-requisite: FREN-UA 105)
CORE COURSES(Conducted in French)
Readings in French Literature I: Middle Ages and the Early Modern Era
TR, 3:30pm – 4:45pm
25 W. 4th St., C-18
Introduction to the central works in medieval and early modern French literature. By analyzing plays, chronicles, poems, and novels, students explore the role and status of literature within the era's larger intellectual, political, and social framework. Critical study of key themes, genres, and styles; focuses on analytical writing and literary analysis. Authors studied may included Marie de France, Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, Montaigne, Corneille, Diderot, and Voltaire.
Readings in French Literature II: The Modern Era (1789 – Present)
TR, 12:30pm – 1:45pm
25 W. 4th St., C-11
Introduction to central works in modern French literature. By analyzing plays, chronicles, poems, and novels, students explore the role and status of literature within the era's larger intellectual, political, and social framework. Critical study of key themes, genres, and styles; focuses on analytical writing and literary analysis. Follows but does not require completion of Readings I. Authors studied may include Colette, André Malraux, Céline, Simone de Beauvoir, Kateb Yacine, Georges Perec, and Marguerite Yourcenar.
Approaches to Francophone Literature
Prof. Michael Dash
MW, 9:30am - 10:45am
25 W. 4th St., C-10
Examines literature from a network of French-speaking countries that form a Francophone space. Addresses the colonial past as well as the anticolonial and postcolonial situations in which French colonialism is replaced by more complex relationships and ideologies. Special attention is paid to language and the role of the writer in elaborating a postcolonial national identity. Writers studied may include Edouard Glissant and Patrick Chamoiseau of Martinique, Jacques Roumain of Haiti, Ahmadou Kourouma of the Ivory Coast, and Assia Djebar of Algeria.
MW, 12:30pm - 1:45pm
25 W. 4th St., C-9
An introduction to French history, politics, and social relations from 1900 to the present. Attention is paid to the successive crises that challenged France's stature, its national identity, and its Republican model. Topics include the French political and social systems; France's “exceptionalism” and relationships with Europe, the United States, and globalization; colonialism, immigration, and post-colonialism; and gender and class relations.
(Cross-listed as EURO-UA 288 and HIST-UA 169)
SENIOR SEMINARS(conducted in French)
Permission of the department must be obtained to register for these courses. Please contact Andrew Keough for information on receiving a permission code.
Mockery: From the Old Regime to the Meme
Prof. Katie LaPorta
TR, 9:30am – 10:45am
45 W. 4th St., B01
In France, the right to mock is sacrosanct. As several commentators noted following the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the acerbic weekly builds on a long history of satire in the French canon. This course will trace some of that tradition, examining works that make a mockery of socio-political institutions in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Ancien Regime constitutes a particularly rich moment in which comedic forms were paradoxically seen as morally useful entertainment and as dangerous diversions. What makes laughter such powerful ammunition in articulating social and political critique? What are the lines between parody, satire, irony, and caricature? To understand precisely how laughter functions as an effective weapon for derision, we will juxtapose our reading of early modern texts with contemporary examples of satire in the U.S. and in France (Charlie Hebdo, Samantha Bee, Les Guignols, The Colbert Report, memes). We will also integrate web-based and computational methodologies to assess the emergence of the digital humanities in literary studies.
Heroes and heroism in French literature and culture
Profs. Hollier and Roger
MW, 4:55pm – 6:10pm
45 W. 4TH St., B01
Is the figure of the hero a thing of the past? Or is it still relevant for our times? Do we still need heroes? Or can we do without them — and be better off? While sometimes longing for nobler and more heroic times, aren’t we relieved to be rid of those imposing presences? Is heroism essentially connected with courage, violence, and war? If not, when and how did the original figure of the hero as a fighter change? Can a hero stand by him or herself? Or must they be included in a collective, national history to exist? How can an individual whose status is one of exception, become the embodiment of a whole community? What comes first in the cult of heroes: their exploits or their celebration? To explore those questions, we need to ask another one: where do heroes come from ? The answer is clear: words are the fabric of the heroes, through legends, epics, poems, stories in general, myths; and it is through other words that heroes, after a long while, began to be demystified. Central to our inquiry will thus be literature as the cradle of heroism, then the furnace where heroic values were transmuted. This story of heroism and its demise will lead us, mostly but not exclusively through French history and literature, from Antiquity to modern times.
Lectures will be given in French, most of the reading will be in French; students will be asked to write four short papers in French. But participation is encouraged even in English.
FREN-UA 865.001 (conducted in English)
Topics in French Culture: The French Presidential Election of 2017: A Seismic Shift?
Prof. Stéphane Gerson
TR, 4:55pm - 6:10pm
15 Washington Mews, B03
These are epochal times for France, a country shaken by terrorist attacks, enduring unemployment, acrid debates about veils and burkinis, and deep distrust of the political system. This spring, the country faces a pivotal presidential election. The extreme-right candidate Marine Le Pen is almost assured to be one of the two final candidates; she may win it all. This would be a momentous shift for France and Europe.
How did France end up in this situation? What political, economic, and social forces have transformed this dominant global power (in 1900) into a nation in search of its place in the world, its national identity, and a political system in which all citizens feel included? For many French men and women — and scholars as well — the country is mired in a series of crises:
* An economic crisis that encompasses the very nature of work and the breadth of the welfare system;
* A social crisis around education, systemic inequality, and the ‘integration’ of immigrants and their children;
* A political crisis around the role of the state and the contours of French republicanism;
* A geopolitical crisis around France’s relationship with the broader world (the E.U., the U.S., and globalization more generally);
* A religious crisis centered on freedom of expression, pluralism, and laïcité —with Islam at its center;
* A cultural crisis around the import of French culture around the world.
Throughout the semester, we will seek to understand this critical moment by following the presidential campaign live, as it enfolds, and also situating it in French history. We will draw from sociological and political analyses, movies and literature, and journalistic investigations to grasp the trajectory of a country and a Republic that are running into severe crosswinds. The course will end on May 7 — with a live viewing of the election results.
FREN-UA 868 (conducted in English)
Topics in French Literature: Acting Medieval Literature
Prof. Timmie Vitz
R, 9:30am – 12:15pm
25 W. 4th St., C-12
In this course students read, discuss, and then perform in class major works of medieval literature – works that were originally intended for live, semi-dramatic performance. Focus is on narrative rather than dramatic works. The works explored vary from year to year, but always include epic, romance, tales of various kinds, and a range of narrative genres, from different countries and traditions. Students work particularly on the skills required for the performance of different kinds of narrative – including the ability to impersonate of all kinds of characters; rapid shifts from character to character, voice to voice; and effective use of body language, Most performances are done solo, but there is also some teamwork—performances in small groups. Students who can sing, dance, play an instrument, or have other performance skills are very welcome, but such skills are not necessary. Work for the course consists of reading and classroom discussion; several short performances over the course of the semester; a final performance (often done in a group); short written responses to readings and “imaginary performances”; a final oral exam. Note: This is a course where faithful attendance is an absolute must. Students who are not comfortable performing are strongly advised not to sign up for this course.
(Cross-listed as MEDI-UA 868.001, DRLIT-UA 35.001, and THEA-UT 732.002)
FREN-UA 965.001 (conducted in French)
Topics in French Culture: Race in France: Rethinking Diversity
Prof. Cécile Bishop
TR, 11:00am – 12:15pm
25 W. 4th St., C-10
FREN-UA 968.002 (conducted in French)
Topics in French Literature: Amour et libertinage
Prof. Anne Deneys-Tunney
MW, 3:30pm – 4:45pm
25 W. 4th St., C-18
FREN-UA 968.003 (conducted in French)
Topics in French Literature: French Cosmopolitanisms: Le globe introuvable : penser le cosmopolitisme en France au tournant des lumières
Prof. Lucien Nouis
MW, 11:00am – 12:15pm
25 W. 4th St., C-10
Le 19 juin 1790, dans une mise en scène étonnante qu’évoquera Melville dans Moby Dick, une députation des peuples de la terre est présentée à l’Assemblée Nationale par Anacharsis Cloots, « orateur du genre humain ». Nombreux sont les politiques à n’y voir qu’une mascarade grossière et à dénoncer la fausse étrangeté de ces émissaires qu’on accuse Cloots d’avoir ramassés dans les rues de Paris et habillés pour la circonstance : tout se passe comme si l’idée cosmopolitique, au moment même où il s’agissait de lui donner corps, était menacée d’effacement. L’ambition planétaire de la Révolution française a été explorée dans ses forces et ses contradictions par les historiens : dans l’optique d’une « grande nation » s’intéressant à diffuser stratégiquement le message de l’émancipation des peuples (Jacques Godechot), dans celle d’une « cosmopolitique du droit des gens » (Florence Gauthier, Marc Belissa), ou encore à travers la figure de l’étranger et les mesures législatives prises ou envisagée pour en circonscrire la menace imaginée (Sophie Wahnich). Dans le prolongement de ces travaux, nous ferons la généalogie du concept au xviiie siècle, en nouant les fils convergents des idéaux de la République des lettres, de l’expérience du voyage et des lectures de la philosophie antique. Avec Kant, Volney, Cloots, Sieyès, l’abbé Grégoire, Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, entre autres, nous nous intéresserons ensuite au discours philosophique et politique qui fait valoir, au milieu de l’événement révolutionnaire, dans une tension inquiète entre l’enracinement national et l’ouverture au monde, le « point de vue cosmopolitique ». Nous aborderons par ailleurs les romans du siècle finissant, qui se plaisent à mettre en scène des émigrés, des aristocrates persécutés, traversant des forêts obscures, s’exposant aux embruns de mers mortifères, en des errances sans fin. Ce sera là un autre cosmopolitisme, son hémisphère sombre, loin de celui des philosophes qui continuent à rêver la réunion de la « grande famille anthropique ». Tout au long de ce parcours, notre réflexion sera nourrie par la perspective de travaux récents sur le cosmopolitisme, d’Ulrich Beck à Jacques Derrida et à Martha Nussbaum.
FREN-UA 883 (conducted in English)
Cinema and Literature
Prof. William Wolf
W, 2:00pm – 4:45pm
This course examines the relationship between film and literature with a view toward broadening viewer and reader response and enabling understanding of properties shared by both art forms. Rather than focusing exclusively on film adaptations of texts, the course treats the problems of film, novels, and theater as a literary phenomenon. While French film plays the key part in the structure of the course, films to be shown and assigned reading reflect a wider international spectrum. There will be emphasis on the connection between different cultures in different time frames, and stress will also be placed on works that have a special relationship with the concerns of humanity.
The course is interdisciplinary and uses critical methods pertinent to the media involved. Its juxtaposition of one of the most important contemporary art forms against literature serves the needs of a liberal education and aims to lead the students to question assumptions about both cinema and literature.
(Cross-listed as DRLIT-UA 504.001)
OTHERPermission of the department must be obtained to register for these courses. Please contact Andrew Keough for information on receiving a permission code.
From Cocodrie to CODOFIL: A Francophone Louisiana Immersion Program
Profs. Melanie Hackney and John Moran
T, 3:30pm - 4:45pm
25 W. 4th St., C-16
In this French immersion course you will have the opportunity to work on improving your spoken French as we explore together the linguistic, historical, and cultural contexts of French-speaking Louisiana with a focus on Louisiana (Cajun) French. This course combines eight class meetings in New York with a week-long linguistic and cultural immersion program in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Arnaudville, Louisiana. This program is being run in partnership with NYU's Alternative Spring Break Program, and as such it will include a service learning component. In addition to a number of scholarly articles on a variety of both historical and modern-day aspects of francophone Louisiana, readings for this course will include a selection of Louisiana poetry and short stories as well as a novel.
Honors Thesis Workshop I (2 points)
Prof. Eugene Nicole
T, 3:30pm – 6:10pm
19 University Place, room 605
Only for students who have applied to the honors program and also intend to complete the spring section of the workshop. For information on completing an honors thesis during your senior year, please speak to your adviser.
Independent Study (2 – 4 points)
Speak to your adviser for more information on completing an independent study.
Internship (2 - 4 points)
Speak to your adviser for more information on completing an internship for credit.
SPRING & SUMMER 2016
SPRING & SUMMER 2015
SPRING & SUMMER 2014
SPRING & SUMMER 2013
SPRING & SUMMER 2012