Students in French studies are expected to reach a high level of competence in the French language. The program emphasizes in-depth study of literature, history, philosophy and theory, art history, and cinema.  Below is a list of courses offered in years past.

Core Courses

      Current Course List (click here)

  • 106 Basic Intensive French
  • 201 Intermediate French I
  • 202 Intermediate French II
  • 203 Intermediate French III
  • 215 French Translation
  • 220 French through Film
  • 240 Survey of French Literature I and II
  • 270 Advanced Composition and Conversation

Sample Courses

  • Art or Virtue? Rousseau's Legacy in French Literature
  • Autobiography and Discontents
  • Autrement dit: Paroles de Femme
  • Baudelaire
  • Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Mallarmé
  • Chroniqueurs et Historiens de France
  • Conspiracies & Secret Societies in 19th and 20th Century French Literature
  • Contemporary French Thought
  • Doctors and Writers: Perceptions of Hysteria in 19th French Literary and Medical Writings
  • Essays, Meditations, Reveries: Artlessness and Authenticity in French Literature
  • French 20th C. Fiction
  • French Modernity, Memory, and the Poetics of History
  • Genealogy of French Morals
  • Genius or Insanity: Representations of Madness in French Literature
  • Introduction to French Thought: From Montaigne to Deleuze
  • La Femme Fatale in French Literature
  • Literature of Private Life
  • Medieval Romance
  • Poetic Objects: Poetry and Painting in 20th Century France
  • Post-Colonial African Issues through Literature and Film
  • Proust's Swann's Way
  • Reading for the Plot
  • Readings: Contemporary French Thought
  • Rococo to Revolution: Eighteenth-Century French Painting
  • Survey of 20th Century French Poetry
  • The Emotional Brain: Mind-Body Dichotomy in French Thought (Rabelais to Merleau-Ponty)
  • The Invention of the Avant-garde in France
  • The Lost and Found Art of Conversation: From Montaigne to Beckett
  • The Novel in Crisis: 20th Century French Fiction
  • Under the Sun King: French Literature of the Seventeenth Century

Sample Related Courses

  • LIT 2152 Classics of Francophone African Literature
  • LIT 238 Modern African Fiction
  • LIT 264 19th-Century Continental Novel
  • LIT 3030 French Society
  • LIT 3031 Hegel’s Legacies in Twentieth-Century French Literature
  • LIT 315   Proust:In Search of Lost Time
  • LIT 3203 Doctors and Writers: Perceptions of Hysteria in 19th Century French Literary and Medical Writings
  • LIT 3228 Cosmopolitanism, Secularism, and Modernity in North African Fiction
  • LIT 3501 19th Century Continental Novels
  • LIT 2031 Ten Plays that Shook the World
  • LIT 2405 20C Nothing Sacred: Twentieth-Century French Literature & the Reign of Terror
  • LIT 3013 In Praise of Idleness: Literature and the Art of Conversation
  • LIT 3312 Louisiana