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Graduate Courses

Mentoring and tutoring of undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages. Graduate students work directly with the students abroad in order to ease their transition, and tutor them in an assigned subject. Written final report required…
This is a course whose content changes each time it is taught; it is a split-level course where both undergraduates and graduate students are present. Past topics have included "Word and Image in French Literature" and "The Fantastic in Nineteenth-Century French Fiction." FALL 2022: Lingua franca…
Selected topics in culture, civilization, language, linguistics, literature, or literary theory. Given in English. 
The major areas of the Francophone world: North America, Antilles, Africa, Maghreb, and Indian Ocean. Literary works will be examined in their linguistic and cultural contexts.
Significant developments in the language, literature, and civilization of France from the eleventh through the fifteenth centuries. Discussions will consider writers and genres, linguistic theory, popular culture, and the arts with special attention to historical, social, and political context.…
Significant developments in the language, literature, and civilization of France during the Renaissance and Reformation. Discussions will consider writers and genres, linguistic theory, popular culture, and the arts with special attention to the historical, social, and political context. Given in…
The scientific study of the nature and characteristics of human languages with a specific focus on the linguistic structures (phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic) of one or more Romance Languages and their use and variation, historical development, and acquisition. Given in English. 
Selected topics in French 17th-century literature, culture, and civilization, from approximately 1590 to 1715. References to the broader context of European history, culture, and civilization of the time will be brought to bear when appropriate. Fall 2022 Course description
Selected topics in French 18th-century literature, culture, and civilization, from approximately 1715 to 1789. References to the broader context of European history, culture, and civilization of the time will be brought to bear when appropriate.
This course takes up a theme common to many works from the French Nineteenth Century. In the past, Realism, Literary and Painterly Impressionism, and the Crisis of the Mechanical Reproduction of Works of Art have been chosen as themes.
Literary and non-literary works in their contexts from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in France. Literary movements from Dada to Poststructuralism may be studied, as well as the literary and social influences brought about by the wars and revolutions of this period. Given in French.
Significant developments in French and Francophone digital arts with a focus on the literary, storytelling, and poetry, including electronic literature and video games. Discussion will consider writers/designers and genres, literary theory, theory of media and game studies. Course given in French.…
French phonetics: the sounds of French as they relate to levels of language from the vernacular to literature. An examination of how sounds vary with relation to region and social class. Practice in class and in the language laboratory. Given in French.
Phonology of French as it determines the underlying forms of morphology with an application to the teaching of French to non-native speakers. Emphasis on the concepts of variation, acceptability, and cultural sensitivity. Given in French.
The syntax of modern French through readings in descriptive analysis and examples of literary texts to see how word order contributes to meaning. Particular emphasis on levels of style and reflections of social class. Frequent compositions required. Given in French.
The major changes in the history of the French language, with special attention to the interaction of linguistic and societal changes and to the representation of these changes in literary texts. Given in French.
Research while enrolled for a master's degree under the direction of faculty members.
Research while enrolled for a master's degree under the direction of faculty members. 
Advanced supervised experience in an applied setting. This course may not be used to satisfy a student's approved program of study. 
Professional development training for M.A. students. This course may not be used to satisfy a student’s approved program of study. Nontraditional format: Series of workshops and presentations regarding professional development skills and materials.
Thesis writing under the direction of the major professor.
Thesis writing under the direction of the major professor. 
Principles and methods of second language teaching applied to Romance languages. An analysis of techniques used to teach listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture, with an examination of current theories of language acquisition. Given in English. 
Specific aspects of Romance languages, linguistics, literatures, or cultures.  Fall 2022 Contemporary Comics in Romance Language Cultures course description
Topics in medieval literature, language, and culture. Study of a particular problem, author, genre, or linguistic topic will be integrated into the larger cultural context of medieval France. Given in French.
This advanced Seminar studies the many variants of literary theory that have come from France during the past 50 years or so. While the choice of authors studied will change according to the instructor, past iterations of the course have read Bal, Barthes, Baudrillard, Benveniste, Bourdieu, Derrida…
In-depth study of a major author or special topic related to the French Renaissance. Given in French.
Doctoral-level seminar in French seventeenth-century studies. Given in French.
Doctoral-level seminar in French eighteenth-century studies. Given in French. Spring '22 with Dr. Jonathan Haddad Les Droits de l’Homme: Une invention du XVIIIe siècle. Course description pdf attached below.
This is an advanced seminar in which a circumscribed topic is studied in depth. Topics in this course come from the literature of the 19th century. Topics have included "Hugo's Les MIsérables," "Ekphrasis," and "Hugo and Baudelaire."
Extensive readings in the field of the student's program of study determined by the student's previous background, presuming that the student is capable of reading rapidly with comprehension. 
A major author, group of authors, theme, genre topic or movement in French or Francophone literature. Given in French.
In-depth study of one or several writers, representative of one of the major Francophone areas in the world: North America, Antilles, Africa, Maghreb, and Indian Ocean. Although the primary emphasis will be on literary works, they will be studied in their linguistic and cultural contexts.
Topics and issues in French linguistics. Possible offerings include Old French, French dialectology, French sociolinguistics, and French semantics and pragmatics. Given in French.
Research while enrolled for a doctoral degree under the direction of faculty members. 
Advanced supervised experience in an applied setting. This course may not be used to satisfy a student's approved program of study. 
Professional development training for Ph.D. students. This course may not be used to satisfy a student’s approved program of study. Nontraditional Format: Series of workshops and presentations regarding professional development skills and materials
Dissertation writing under the direction of the major professor. 

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