French (FREN)

Subject-area course lists indicate courses currently active for offering at the University of Louisville. Not all courses are scheduled in any given academic term. For class offerings in a specific semester, refer to the Schedule of Classes.

500-level courses generally are included in both the undergraduate- and graduate-level course listings; however, specific course/section offerings may vary between semesters. Students are responsible for ensuring that they enroll in courses that are applicable to their particular academic programs.

Course Fees

Some courses may carry fees beyond the standard tuition costs to cover additional support or materials. Program-, subject- and course-specific fee information can be found on the Office of the Bursar website.


FREN 500. French Work Exchange3-6 Units

Prerequisite(s): Membership in a University of Louisville Work-Exchange Program with Montpellier administered by the International Center.

Description: Credit awarded upon demonstration of successful completion of course undertaken with prior approval of the department. Cooperating businesses in Montpellier provide jobs for participants who gain practical experience in a French work environment.

Note: Only three credits can be applied to a French major.
Note: May be repeated.

Course Attribute(s): CBL - This course includes Community-Based Learning (CBL). Students will engage in a community experience or project with an external partner in order to enhance understanding and application of academic content.

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FREN 506. Francophone Women Writers3 Units

Prerequisite(s): FREN 321 and FREN 322, or faculty consent.

Description: Readings of literary and non-literary texts by women of the French-speaking world.

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FREN 522. French Phonetics and Diction3 Units

Prerequisite(s): 6 hours of French at 300+ level or consent of instructor.

Description: Pronunciation, diction, and intonation in theory and practice. Corrective exercises, recordings for the analysis of individual pronunciation problems. Poetry and prose studied in phonetic transcription, using the International Phonetic Alphabet; extemporaneous speaking and prepared readings.

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FREN 523. Advanced Communication Skills3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): FREN 321 and FREN 322, or faculty consent.

Description: Advanced French language course focusing on written and oral expression through the study of French and/or francophone literary and cultural texts.

Note: Required of all French majors.

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FREN 524. Theory and Practice of Translation3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): FREN 455.

Description: Discusses translation theory and develops techniques for the effective translation of a variety of materials.

Note: Required of all French majors.

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FREN 531. Special Topics in Literature and Cultural Studies3 Units

Prerequisite(s): FREN 455 or faculty consent.

Description: An intensive study of an aspect of French or Francophone literature and/or culture.

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FREN 551. French Oral Practicum3 Units

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail

Prerequisite(s): Membership in the UofL work-exchange program with Montpellier administered by the International Center.

Description: Credit awarded upon demonstration of successful completion of course undertaken with prior approval of the department. Cooperating businesses in Montpellier provide jobs for participants who gain practical experience in a French work environment.

Note: Only 3 credits total count toward French minor.
Note: May be repeated for credit.
Note: Taught on Pass/Fail basis.

Course Attribute(s): CBL - This course includes Community-Based Learning (CBL). Students will engage in a community experience or project with an external partner in order to enhance understanding and application of academic content.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

FREN 552. French Work: Exchange Research3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Membership in the UofL work-exchange program with Montpellier administered by International Center.

Description: Credit awarded upon demonstration of successful completion of a research project supervised by a French faculty member. Cooperating businesses in Montpellier provide jobs for participants who gain practical experience in a French work environment.

Note: Only 3 credits total count toward French major.
Note: May be repeated for credit.

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FREN 561. Independent Study I1-3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of department.

Description: Independent study in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.

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FREN 562. Independent Study II1-3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of department.

Description: Independent study in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.

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FREN 599. Special Topics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: Topics of a unique or specialized nature in French language, literature or culture.

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FREN 600. Advanced French Stylistics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Admission to Graduate program in French.

Description: Analysis of French language usage, oral and written, with emphasis on grammar, lexicon, semantics and phonology.

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FREN 601. Studies in French Linguistics3 Units

Description: Exploration of issues in French linguistics.

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FREN 602. Studies in French Culture3 Units

Description: Exploration of issues in French culture.

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FREN 603. Studies in French Media3 Units

Description: Exploration of issues in French media.

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FREN 604. Studies in French Literature3 Units

Description: Exploration of issues in French literature.

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FREN 611. Teaching and Research Methods in French3 Units

Description: Introduction to teaching and research methods in French through observation, investigation and practice.

Note: Required of all French MA students.

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FREN 655. Independent Reading in French3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status.

Description: Readings in literature, civilization, culture, history, or linguistics.

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FREN 670. Special Topics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: Selected topics in French language, literature, or culture. Topics chosen will reflect the needs of the students and the background of the instructor.

Note: May be repeated under different subtitles.

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FREN 680. Seminar3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: Selected writers or personalities in French language, literature, or culture. Topics chosen will reflect the needs of the students and the background of the instructor.

Note: May be repeated under different subtitles.

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FREN 690. Thesis3-6 Units

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FREN 699. Final Research Project3 Units

Prerequisite(s): 15 hours of graduate work.

Description: Production of a research paper on a French or francophone literary or cultural topic supervised by a French faculty member.

Note: Required of all French MA students.

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