- Q: What courses should be taken during the first year?
- Students should start at the level they place into based on their total number of years of French study. Depending on their experience, this can be a language class or a more advanced course in literature or film, for example. Consult the Foreign Languages Placement Guidelines below. During their first-year students should consider CMLT 130: Studies in the National Imagination (offered Spring semester only).
- Another option is an intensive one-semester beginning course (FRENCH 103) that builds on prior language-learning experiences. Students in these intensive courses have studied the material in the past but may have forgotten much of it. Since their purpose is to refresh knowledge, these one-semester courses move at a faster pace than the two-semester beginning courses. Click here to see French course availability.
- Q: What courses should first year students steer clear of?
- New students should steer clear of all 200-level courses offered in FL&L (including Comparative Literature). These are courses designed for students with advanced standing in one of the department’s majors.
- Q: If key introductory courses are filled, are there good alternatives?
- If specific language-level courses are not available, students wishing a French-language course should contact Professor Beth Gale or Professor Acosta Cruz, Department Chair. Given the specific sequencing of language courses, there are no alternatives to specific courses.