French Courses (ILCF)

ILCF 101. Elementary French I (4E)

An introduction to the basic structures of spoken and written French, and an introduction to French culture through language. This course is for students beginning the study of French.

ILCF 102. Elementary French II (4E)

A continuation of the study of basic grammar. Increased attention is given to conversation skills and short writing assignments. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Cultural Perspectives if not used to satisfy the Core Curriculum International Language requirement. Prerequisite: ILCF 101 or equivalent as determined by the Foreign Language Proficiency Test.

ILCF 201. Intermediate French I (4E)

This course will review grammatical structures studied in the first year of French and introduce new ones. It will build vocabulary through short readings and exercises. Students will integrate the formal aspect of language with personal content through the discussion of texts and issues and through the composing of short essays. Energetic student participation in class is assumed throughout the course. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Cultural Perspectives if not used to satisfy the Core Curriculum International Language requirement. Prerequisite: ILCF 102 or equivalent as determined by the Foreign Language Proficiency Test.

ILCF 202. Intermediate French II (4E)

This course will continue and complete the review begun in ILCF 201 of all the basic structures of the French language. Students should be able, by the end of the course, to express themselves and their ideas indicatively, imperatively, hypothetically, in the subjunctive mood, and in all time frames. Reading and writing skills will be further developed through the introduction of increasingly challenging reading materials and more elaborate writing assignments. Steady and vigorous student participation in class will continue to be assumed. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Cultural Perspectives if not used to satisfy the Core Curriculum International Language requirement. Prerequisite: ILCF 201 or equivalent as determined by the Foreign Language Proficiency Test.

ILCF 206. Introduction to Literature in French (4S)

Students will study short literary texts representing several periods and genres. Particular attention will be paid to the social and historical context of the literature. Grammar will be reviewed only as needed. Written assignments will be based primarily on the readings. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Cultural Perspectives if not used to satisfy the Core Curriculum International Language requirement. Prerequisite: ILCF 202 or equivalent as determined by the Foreign Language Proficiency Test.

ILCF 355. Culture and Civilization I: Metropolitan France (4AF)

A study of the structure and historical evolution of contemporary French society and culture. Prerequisite: ILCF 206 or consent of instructor.

ILCF 356. Culture and Civilization II: The Francophone World (4AF)

This course will address the cultural evolution and ethos of French-speaking nations outside of Europe and the unique role of non-European French-speaking societies in the modern world. Prerequisite: ILCF 206 or consent of the instructor.

ILCF 360. Advanced Grammar and Translation (4AS)

In-depth study of specific grammatical and stylistic structures. Application of grammatical knowledge to the task of translating a variety of texts from French into English and from English into French. Prerequisite: ILCF 206 or consent of the instructor.

ILCF 362. Topics in French Literature I: From the Middle Ages to the French Revolution (4AS)

Close study of selected major literary works from the Middle Ages to the end of the Ancien Régime. The course will normally focus on a theme, movement, or genre which links the selected works in a common or conflicting tradition. Previous topics have included "Self and Society: From the Age of Chivalry to Absolutism" and “French Theater in the 17th and 18th Centuries.” Class discussion and short papers will aim at developing the ability to read literature critically. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ILCF 206 or consent of the instructor.

ILCF 363. Topics in French Literature II: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (4AS)

Close study of selected major literary works from the beginning of the 19th century to the present, including those from French-speaking societies outside France. The course will normally focus on a theme, movement, or genre which links the selected works in a common or conflicting tradition. Previous topics have included "Representations of "la femme fatale" in the 19th and 20th Centuries" and “Desire in the Contemporary Novel.” Class discussion and short papers will aim at developing the ability to read literature critically. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ILCF 206 or consent of the instructor.

ILCF 364. Topics in Francophone Literature (4AF)

Close study of selected major literary works from French-speaking societies outside France. This course will normally focus on a theme, movement, or genre which links the selected works in a common or conflicting tradition. Previous topics have included “Francophone Literatures of the Americas: From Québec to the Antilles” and "Literature and History: The Francophone Novel." Class discussion and short papers will aim at developing the ability to read literature critically. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ILCF 206 or consent of the instructor.

ILCF 440. Special Topics in French or Francophone Studies in French (4AS)

Advanced study of a topic, theme, problem, or major figure in French or Francophone literature and culture. Previous topics have included "French Notions of Monstrosity"; "Sexing the City: Urban Space and Subversive Sexualities" and, "French and Francophone Film and the Human Condition." May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: two 300-level French courses or consent of the instructor.

ILCF 493/494. St. Mary’s Project (1-8E)

A student-initiated and student-executed project of eight credit hours is the senior capstone experience, to be carried out in the French language. Depending on the nature of the project, some components may be written in English, with the approval of the mentor. The project may be a research project in literary or cultural studies, a creative-expressive project involving the arts, or a pedagogical project involving teaching applications. Also, depending on the focus of the student’s course work and interests, the project can be single or multi-disciplinary based. Whatever the nature of the project, students must demonstrate in it: 1) linguistic competence equal to the task; 2) a method of approach and execution appropriate to the task; 3) adequate knowledge of the particular area of research or endeavor; 4) an ability to analyze and reflect upon this knowledge in order to integrate it with knowledge in other areas of inquiry or performance; and 5) the readiness to critically discuss and publicly share the results of the project. Prerequisites: ILCT 393; approval of a faculty project mentor; approval of the department chair. NOTE: Students whose projects are to be based on material collected “in the field” while studying abroad during their junior year or while engaged in off-campus apprenticeships or internships should discuss their plans with a faculty adviser as early as the second semester of their sophomore year. This course is repeatable for up to a total of eight credit hours.

ILCF 199, 299, 399, 499. Independent Study (1-4E)

This course consists of an independent creative or research project designed by the student and supervised by a foreign language faculty member. The nature of the project, the schedule for accomplishment, and the means of evaluation must be formalized in a learning contract prior to registration. (See “Independent Study” under “Academic Policies” section.)