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For complete course information, visit the Columbia University Directory of Classes.

Spring 2015

Sign-up sheets will be posted outside of Milbank 304 for all French language courses from Monday, November 10 - Friday, November 21, 2014.  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 2:40-3:55 | Bloom
Section 2: T/Th 11:40-12:55 | Duggan
Section 3: T/Th 4:10-5:25 | Duggan

Section 4: T/Th 10:10-11:25 | Jouanneau-Fertig

FREN BC1204: Intermediate French II
Advanced work in language skills. Readings in French literature.

Section 1: T/R 2:40-3:55 | Duggan
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: M/W 4:10-5:25 | O’Keefe

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 | Bloom
Section 2: T/R 2:40-3:55 | Santos Da Silva
Section 3: T/Th 11:40-12:55 | Jouanneau-Fertig


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 2:40-3:55  |  Jouanneau-Fertig


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


Oral presentations and discussions of French films aimed at increasing fluency, acquiring vocabulary, and perfecting pronunciation skills.

T/Th 2:40-3:55 | Boyman

Advanced Literature and Culture Courses

All courses are worth 3 points.


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 BC3036: The Age of Enlightenment

This course examines the phenomenon that dominates and revolutionizes 18th-century philosophical, religious, sociological, and political discourse in the West: the Enlightenment. Calling into question the hitherto uncontested authority of an all-powerful church and state, the Enlightenment calls for the freedom of expression and of worship; condemns religious intolerance and cultural prejudice; denounces societal inequality; examines the merits and shortcomings of different forms of government; and subverts the oppressive and often hypocritical dogmas of the Catholic church and the absolutist monarchy--with far-reaching political and historical consequences (e.g., the American and the French Revolutions). With the exception of one German text (by Immanuel Kant, and assigned in English translation), readings will be limited to texts by the Enlightenment's leading Francophone authors: Montesquieu, Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau, as well as by two "dystopian" novelists, Charrière et Sade. All discussion, coursework, and examinations will be in French.

T/Th 1:10-2:25 | Weber

FREN BC3038: 19th Century French Fiction

Evolution of the novel, aesthetics of Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, and Symbolism. Particular attention is paid to the formal problems of narrative, the rhetoric of sentiment, decadence, and issues of sexual identity.

T/Th 2:40-3:55 | Connor

FREN BC3055: The Golden Age of Versailles

Explores the cultural production emanating from the court of Louis XIV at Versailles combining the reading of literary texts with consideration of the arts, architecture, dance and music. Special focus on the court as spectacle, women writers of the court, and the classical period as preparation for the Enlightenment.

M/W 11:40-12:55  | Postlewate

FREN BC3063: Structuralism and Post-Structuralism

Introduction to the conceptual foundations of structuralism and post structuralism or to what is known as French Theory. Readings include works by Saussure, Levi Strauss, Lacan, Foucault, Cixous, and Deleuze.

M/W 2:40-3:55  | Boyman

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.

T 4:10pm-6:00pm | Postlewate


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 2:40-3:55 | Glover

For information on Columbia's course offerings, including additonal sections and other levels, please visit the The Columbia Directory of Classes for the Department of French and Romance Philology.