French at Aquinas College

French Courses

WL101 First Semester French (4)

Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and the culture of France and Francophone countries. Prerequisite: None.

WL102 Second Semester French (4)

Continuation and development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Further exposure to the culture of the countries. Prerequisite: C- or higher in 101 or equivalent.

WL201 Third Semester French (4)

Expansion of the four language skills and cultural knowledge at an intermediate level. Prerequisite: C or higher in 102 or equivalent.

WL202 Fourth Semester French(4)

Further expansion of the four language skills and cultural knowledge at an intermediate level. Prerequisite: C or higher in FH201 or equivalent.

WL311 French Conversation and Composition (3)

Strong emphasis on reading, speaking, listening comprehension, writing and grammar review designed to improve oral and written communication.

Prerequisite: WL202 with a minimum grade of C or Placement Test.

WL312 Advanced French Communication (3)

(Offered every spring) Strong emphasis on practice of more complex forms of written and oral expression from wide variety of texts (fiction, non-fiction, image, film, songs) to produce both oral and written texts in a wide variety of styles.

Prerequisite: WL311 with a minimum grade of C or Placement Test.

WL320 Modern France (3)

Survey of French History focusing on the French Revolution, the Bourbon Restoration, the July Monarchy, the Second Republic and the Second Empire, the Third Republic, Occupied France, the Fourth Republic, the Gaullist Revolution, after De Gaulle: Pompidou and Giscard and from “La Grande Alternance” to “Normalisation”. Particular emphasis will be given to the role of political memory, the contribution of women and the impact of colonialism and post- colonialism. Students taking the course for French credit will do reading and writing in French. Prerequisite: FH301 or equivalent.

WL325 Culture and Civilization of France (3)

Taught in French, dealing with the history, society, ideas and major works of literature from the Middle Ages through the Fourth Republic. Prerequisite: FH301 or equivalent

WL327 Contemporary France (3)

Taught in French. Study of contemporary institutions, society, politics, and culture. Prerequisite: FH301 or equivalent

WL398 Advanced Readings in French (Variable)

Individually negotiated program of readings on selected topics established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts are filed with the Registrar. Prerequisite: Approval of the department chairperson.

WL401: Seminar in French Studies (3)

Variable topics in French literature and culture, in seminar form for students with advanced skills in French reading and speaking. Credits may be earned under different seminar content. Prerequisites: FH 301 and 302 or equivalent

WL413 French for Professions (3)

This content-based language course, taught in French, introduces economic, business and professional terminology through the study of the following topics: financial institutions (banking, stock market, and insurance); business practices (business letters and resumes); trade and advertising; the internal structure and legal forms of French companies. One of the other goals of this course is to also prepare the students to take one of the exams offered by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry: the Diplôme de Français Professionnel, Affaires, B2 ( This exam will be held on campus in December. Offered alternate years. Prerequisites: FH 301 or equivalent. No business background necessary.

WL499 Study Abroad (Variable)

Prerequisite: A French major or minor