For complete course information, visit the Columbia University Directory of Classes.
Sign-up sheets will be posted outside of Milbank 304 for all French language courses from Monday, November 11 to Monday, November 25, 2013. If you are currently studying abroad or are otherwise unable to sign-up for a course, please contact Tomara Aldrich, the Department Assistant.
All courses are worth 3 points unless otherwise noted.
FREN BC1002: Elementary French I (4 points)
Basic elements of French grammar. Oral, writing, and reading skills.
Section 1: M-F 10:00 – 10:50 │ Wolfe
Section 2: M-F 11:00 - 11:50 │Mimran
Section 3: M-F 12:00 - 12:50 │ Mimran
Section 4: M-F 9:00 - 9:50 │Wolfe
FREN BC1203: Intermediate French I
Further development of oral and written communication skills.
Section 1: M/W 10:10 – 11:25 | Bloom
Section 2: M/W 2:40-3:55 | Bloom
Section 3: M/W 1:10-2:25 | Evanson
Section 4: T/Th 4:10-5:25 | Duggan
Section 5: M/W 11:40-12:55 | O’Keeffe
FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II
Advanced work in language skills. Readings in French literature.
Section 1: T/R 2:40-3:55 | Mimran
Section 2: M/W 2:40-3:55│O'Keeffe
Section 3: T/Th 1:10-2:25 | Santos da Silva
Section 4: T/R 10:10-11:25 | Santos da Silva
Section 5: T/Th 2:40-3:55 | Evanson
FREN BC1205: Intermediate Oral French
Intensive oral work, vocabulary enrichment, discussions on prepared topics relating to contemporary France and the French-speaking world, oral presentations.
Section 1: T/R 8:40-9:55 |Jouanneau-Fertig
FREN BC3006: Composition and Conversation
Discussions on contemporary issues and oral presentations. Creative writing assignments designed to improve writing skills and vocabulary development.
Section 1: M/W 1:10 – 2:25 | Postlewate
Section 2: T/R 2:40-3:55 | Santos Da Silva
Section 3: T/Th 10;10-11:25 | Jouanneau-Fertig
Advanced Language Courses
All courses are worth 3 points.
FREN BC3007: COMMERCIAL-ECONOMIC FRENCH
The socioeconomic language of contemporary French society. Practice of oral and written communications based on documents from the French press. Students who have completed the course may wish to take the Diplome du Francais des Affaires given by the Chambre de Commerce et d Industrie de Paris.
T/R 1:10pm-2:25pm | Jouanneau-Fertig
FREN BC3013: ADVANCED WRITING IN FRENCH
Workshop format course to perfect writing skills in French. Writing formats that will be used over the semester include narration, portait, essai, dissertation, film and book reviews, and correspondence.
T/R 10:10-11:25 | Postlewate
FREN BC3016: ADVANCED ORAL FRENCH
Oral presentations and discussions of French films aimed at increasing fluency, acquiring vocabulary, and perfecting pronunciation skills.
M/W 2:40-3:55 | Boyman
FREN BC3019: Advanced Phonetics
Detailed study of all aspects of French pronunciation; theoretical linguistic concepts will be followed up with intensive oral drills.
T/Th 11:40-12:55 | Boyman
Advanced Literature and Culture Courses
All courses are worth 3 points.
FREN BC3022: MAJOR FRENCH TEXTS II
Major cultural and institutional events in France from the 18th century to the present. Topics include the revolutionary tradition, left-right and secular-religious conflicts over the identity of France: its history, its mission, its people and policies.
M/W 1:10pm-2:25pm | O’Keeffe
FREN BC3032 Women and Writing in Early Modern France
Examination of cultural and literary phenomena in 15th through17th century France, focusing on writings by and about women.
M/W 11:40-12:55 | Postlewate
FREN BC3044: Theater of the Absurd
Close reading and occasional screening of major plays associated with the Theater of the Absurd. Philosophical and literary origins of the concept of the absurd; social and political context of its emergence; theatrical conventions of early performances; popular and critical reception. Authors include: Jarry, Adamov, Arrabal, Beckett, Genet, Ionesco, Maeterlinck, Sartre, Camus.
T/Th 4:10-5:25 | Connor
FREN BC3080: Proust
In this course, we will read the whole of Marcel Proust's 7-volume novel, A la Recherche du temps perdu. One of the greatest novels of all time, the Recherche addresses issues of: romantic and familial love; hetero- and homosexuality; social class; anti-Semitism; social life and friendship; the persistence of memory; and the relationship between art and life.
W 4:10-6:00 | Weber
FREN BC3091: SENIOR THESIS (for senior majors only)
French majors will write their senior thesis under the supervision of the instructor. All members of the seminar should arrive in the first seminar with, already, a fairly clear sense of what author(s), text(s), & specific idea(s) they want to work on for their thesis.
M 6:10-8:00 | Usher
FREN BC3421: INTRODUCTION TO FRANCOPHONE STUDIES II
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.
M/W 4:10-5:25 | Wolfe