French and Francophone Studies


Lehigh University Modern Languages and Literature - Lehigh University French students

The French language is spoken on all five continents. A major language in world diplomacy, it is also the working or second language of many international organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union.  Knowledge of the French language and culture is an invaluable asset in careers in International relations and politics, journalism, African, Middle Eastern and North American Studies, literature and the arts, to name just a few.

At Lehigh, you can major or minor in French.  Our major program stresses proficiency in the French language through the acquisition of both oral and written skills with a focus on French and Francophone culture and literature.  We strongly encourage our majors and minors to study abroad for a semester.

Requirements for the Minor in French (click on link to access minor declaration form)
16 credit hours are required above French 12 as follows:

  1. Lehigh University Modern Languages and Literature - Lehigh University French studentsFrench 143 (4)
  2. 1 or 2 additional courses at the 100-200 level (4-8)
  3. 1 or 2 courses at the 300 level (4-8)  (These courses are open to students who have completed 8 credits of French beyond French 12

Requirements for the Major in French and Francophone Studies (click on link to access major declaration form)
Core courses: 16 credits including

     French 143 Advanced Written French (4)
     French 144 Advanced Oral French (4)
     French 252 Introduction to Literary Analysis (4)
     One of the following (3-4)
       French 259 Contemporary France (4)
       French 237 Introduction to the Francophone World (4)
       French 133 Lehigh in Martinique: Globalization and Local
       Identity (3) 

Advanced course work: 16 credits, or four courses (200 or 300 level), with at least three courses at the 300 level. One of these courses my be taken in English when taught by a French faculty member.

Collateral requisites: 6-8 credits from a list of approved courses taken in other programs and departments. These courses must be approved by the French major adviser.

Majors in French and Francophone Studies are strongly encouraged to participate in a study program in a French-speaking part of the world for the equivalent of one semester or more. Up to 12 credits for courses taken during one semester abroad (16 credits during one year) may count toward the major. In order to have credits from foreign institutions count toward their major, students must obtain approval from the French major adviser prior to their departure.

Requirements for the Departmental Honors Major (40 cr): Requirements as for the Major, plus 8 additional hours of advanced literature (honors thesis of a comprehensive type) and maintenance of a 3.20 average in the major.

Study Abroad: Study abroad requires prior consultation of advisor, Associate Dean and Registrar, to make sure that courses and credits earned are transferable to Lehigh. Where appropriate, Financial Aid should also be consulted. Program listings and scholarship application forms may be consulted in the MLL office. A maximum of 16 credits may be transferred toward the ordinary major and 24 toward the honors major for a year abroad, 12 for a semester. 

Advancement Placement: Advanced Placement and CEEB credits count towards graduation but NOT towards the major. Transfer students may transfer up to 12 credits towards the major.

Requirements for the Departmental Honors Major: Forty credits. Requirements as for the Major, plus 8 additional hours of advanced literature (honors thesis on a comprehensive type) and maintenance of a 3.20 average in the major.


FlowerUndergraduate Courses in French

FREN 1. Elementary French I (4) fall
Multimedia approach to the study of French. Introduction to French conversation, grammar, and culture. (HU)

FREN 2. Elementary French II (4) spring
Continuation of FREN 1. Prerequisite: FREN 001 or appropriate achievement test score before entrance, or consent of instructor. (HU)

FREN 11. Intermediate French I (4) fall
Further acquisition of the fundamentals of French conversation, writing, and culture. Multimedia approach. Prerequisite: FREN 002 or appropriate achievement test score before entrance, or consent of instructor. (HU)

FREN 12. Intermediate French II (4) spring
Continuation of FREN 011. Prerequisite: FREN 011 or appropriate achievement test score before entrance, or consent of instructor. (HU)

FREN 133. [AAS 133; HIST 133; LAS 133; MLL 133; POLS 133] Lehigh in Martinique: Globalization and Local Identity (3-4)
History, culture, and politics of the French Caribbean island of Martinique, from its position as a key site of the 18th century Atlantic World economy to becoming an official French department
and outpost of the European Union. Interdisciplinary perspectives on the complex nature of  social identity, historical memory and impact of globalization. No French is required. Offered
during winter inter-term through Lehigh Study Abroad. (HU)

FREN 143. Advanced Written French (4)
Intensive practice in written French and introduction to literary criticism. Prerequisite: FREN 012, or achievement test score of 590, or consent of instructor. (HU)

FREN 144. Advanced Oral French (4)
Emphasis on comprehension and oral performance of the French language. Student acquires confidence in speaking French through discussions of current issues, articles, novels, movies, and other topics. Required for French majors. Prerequisite: FREN 143 or equivalent. Staff. (HU)

FREN 237. Introduction to the Francophone World (4)
Introduction to the Francophone world through a series of texts, films, articles, etc. from Francophone Europe, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Canada, Vietnam, and the Caribbean. Students will become acquainted with Francophone cultures and literatures while developing their interpretative and writing skills. In French. (HU)

FREN 251. Postcolonizing France: North African Immigration (4)
Depictions of North African immigrants (legal or illegal) and French citizens of North African descent in postcolonial France in novels, film, and Rap music. Explore key concepts such as hospitality, minority ethnic settlement, multiculturalism, nationality and citizenship, racism, extreme-right politics, and anti-discrimination policy, and attempt to see how North African postcolonial identities are articulated in relation to perceptions of French national identity,  republican values, universalism, etc. Berrada. (HU)

FREN 252. Introduction to Literary Analysis (4)
Exposure to representative French and Francophone works from the Middle Ages to the Twenty-First Century offering various critical strategies needed to read and interpret a literary text. (HU)

FREN 259. Contemporary France (3-4)
How is France defining itself today as a European nation in a global world? Issues to be explored include: family, gender, race and religion, the education and social systems, immigration, and politics. Strongly recommended for students who plan to study abroad in France. Prerequisite: FREN 143, 144, or consent of instructor. (HU)

FREN 271. French Readings (4)
Study of the works of some author or group of authors, or of a period, or of a literary theme. May be repeated once for credit. (HU)

FREN 272. French Culture of Business (4)
A course on the fundamentals of business in France. We will learn about banking, marketing, advertising, the stock market, and many other aspects of business in France. We will learn about foreign ventures in France, such as Disney and McDonald’s. We will learn how to open a bank account, apply for a job, and what life is like in a French company. Ideal for someone who wants to intern or work for an international company or a company with a French connection. Taught in French. Prerequisite: FREN 143 or 144 or equivalent. (HU)

FREN 281. French Cultural Program (16)
A program in a French-speaking country offering formal language courses and cultural opportunities. (HU)

FREN 311. French Classicism (4)
French classical theater, novel, and criticism, with emphasis on Corneille, Racine, Moliere, Pascal, Lafayette, Malherbe, and Boileau. Chabut. (HU)

FREN 312. [AAS 312]  Modernity in the Maghreb (4)
Emergence of the modern self through a comparative study of textual as well as visual representations of postcolonial subjects by male and female writers and film makers. Study of the way the sociopolitical context of countries such as Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia informs the constitution of subjectivity within a multicultural and multilingual community. Issues such as patriarchy, nationalism, colonialism, postcolonialism, identity, gender, and Islam in North African literature and film from Franco-Arab traditions. Berrada. (HU)

FREN 313. The Age of Enlightenment (4)
The Philosophes and Encyclopédistes of the eighteenth century, with emphasis on Voltaire, Rousseau, Montesquieu, and Diderot. Chabut. (HU)

FREN 316. Nineteenth Century French Literature (4)
Study of major nineteenth century novelists and poets. Armstrong. (HU)

FREN 318. [THTR 318] French Drama in the Twentieth Century (4)
Contemporary French drama with an analysis of its origins and movements. Armstrong. (HU)

FREN 320. Contemporary French Fiction (4)
Reading and discussion of contemporary works of fiction (post1980). Study of how these works fit into the context of French literature and relate more specifically to major literary currents of the twentieth century. Armstrong. (HU)

FREN 321. Twentieth Century French Short Fiction (4)
Examination, within the framework of short fiction, of the major literary currents that have made up twentieth-century literature. Works by Sartre, Camus, Robbe-Grillet, Le Clézio, Echenoz, Sallenave, Toussaint, Diebar, Ben Jelloun, and others. Armstrong (HU)

FREN 322. Contemporary French Films (4)
French Films from the late 1950s to the present. Introduction to cinematograhic language and exploration of the issues of gender, power, and madness. Films by Truffaut, J-L Godard, C. Denis, A. Varda, J-J Beineix, E. Rohmer, and others. Armstrong (HU)

FREN 324. The Outsider in French Fiction (4)
Focus on otherness/difference in French fiction from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Reading and discussion of short stories and novels by Graffigny, Diderot, Maupassant, Gide, Camus, Duras, Beauvoir, Le Clézio and others. Chabut. (HU)

FREN 327. [WS 327] Women Writing in French (4)
Reading and discussion of works written by women in French. The emphasis is on 19th and 20th century writers, such as G. Sand, Colette S. de Beauvoir, M. Duras, and Andrée Chédid. Chabut (HU)

FREN 369. French Readings (4)
Advanced study of an author, period, or theme. Topics vary. May be repeated once for credit.
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (HU)

FREN 370. French Internship (1-8)
Designed to give advanced qualified students the chance to acquire field experience and training with selected firms and governmental agencies in French-speaking countries. Assigned readings, written reports, and employer performance evaluations are required. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (HU)

FREN 371. French Independent Study (1-8)
Special topics under faculty guidance, including honors thesis. May be repeated once for credit.
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (HU)