Languages: French: Courses

We are happy to offer courses for all levels: for absolute beginners and those who know some French already, for intermediate students and for students of cinema, literature, culture, and philosophy at the upper levels. Offerings are refreshed each semester, and the below is only a short selection. Please see for a full listing, check the Georgia Tech registration site, OSCAR.

Independent Studies are also available.

Our study abroad programs in Paris, in Africa, and on the French Riviera also feature diverse opportunities for study.

Selected French Courses

FREN 1001 Elementary French I

An introduction to the French language and to cultures of the French-speaking world. Beginning with a survey of basic French grammar and the development of the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French. Some aspects of everyday life in the French-speaking world outside of France will also be introduced. Humanities credit awarded for FREN 1001 upon successful completion of FREN 1002 or FREN 2001.

FREN 1002 Elementary French II

The second part of an introduction to the French language and the cultures of the French-speaking world. Completion of the survey of basic French grammar and further development of the four language skills. Aspects of everyday life in the French-speaking world will be introduced.

FREN 2001 French Culture I

Proficiency-based introduction to selected sociocultural aspects of French culture: geography, demography, social institutions, history, art, socioeconomic problems, and current events; incorporates grammar review.

FREN 2002 French Culture II

Proficiency-based introduction to selected sociocultural aspects of French culture: geography, demography, social institutions, history, art, socioeconomic problems, and current events; incorporates grammar review.   

FREN 3001 French Lit 1800-1900

This class explores nineteenth-century French literature and culture through its most famous writers (Hugo, Balzac, Baudelaire, Stendhal, Flaubert, Rimbaud, Zola, etc.) and explores important historical events, social changes, and artistic movements contributing to the development of French culture during the 19th century.

FREN 3002 French Lit 1900-Present

Exploration of currents in modern prose, poetry, and drama.

FREN 3004 Drama Workshop

Literary and theatrical aspects of French drama are explored through class discussion and performance of selections from contemporary and classical plays.

FREN 3015 Social Identity in Contemporary French Culture

Social representations in French culture throughout the 20th and 21st centuries with particular attention paid to the production, reception, and perceptions of clashing social identities in sociology, politics, artistic production, and mass media.

FREN 3017 Paris: Modernity Today

This course explores contemporary Paris and its representations in light of its modern history and culture.   

FREN 3061 Advanced Business French I

Advanced Business French: overview of French commerce, communications, advertising, various social milieus, and the work place.

FREN 3062 Advanced Business French II

Advanced Business French: overview of French commerce, communications, advertising, various social milieus, and the work place.

FREN 3110 Comics & Graphic Arts

This course studies French comics as a genre and their interrelationships with graphic arts and literature.

FREN 3555 French for Engineers I

Study basics of math, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, computing, and the Internet in this applied language course sequence.   

FREN 3556 French for Engineers II

Study basics of math, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, computing, and the Internet in this applied language course sequence.   

FREN 4001 French Stylistics

An introduction to the evolution of writing styles and literary movements since the 20th century.

FREN 4061 French Science & Tech I

Introduction to scientific and technical French. Analysis and discussion of scientific and technical material pertaining to current issues in the scientific and technical communities. Background in chemistry, physics, or biology required.

FREN 4062 French Science & Tech II

Introduction to scientific and technical French. Analysis and discussion of scientific and technical material pertaining to current issues in the scientific and technical communities. Background in chemistry, physics, or biology required.

FREN 4101 Francophone Lit I

Exploration of the literature of Francophone Arab countries and the Caribbean. Currents in modern prose, poetry, and drama.   

FREN 4102 Francophone Lit II

Continuation of Literature of Francophone Africa. Currents in modern prose, poetry, and drama.   

FREN 4107 African Diasporas in France

History of colonization/decolonization in French-speaking Africa, study of immigration from Africa to France, and discovery/discussion of the production of dynamic co-cultures and solidarities.

FREN 4013 French Literature and the Visual Arts

This course focuses on the cross-fertilization between literary and visual works of art including paintings, architecture, dance, sculpture, photography, opera, comics, and film and prompts reflections on the nature of intertextuality.

FREN 4105 Francophone Cinema

This course will explore contemporary Africa and its representations in light of its modern history and culture.   

FREN 4200 Intro French Philosophy

Introduction to major French philosophical texts with an emphasis on post-WWI thinkers (includes Existentialism, Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, Postmodernism, and Deconstructionism).   

FREN 4201 French Cinema I

A topical approach focusing on the major contributions of French cinema and cinematographic aesthetics- from the early 1900s to contemporary films.   

FREN 4242 French Cinema II

In-depth and concentrated study of French cinema. Particular attention devoted to the French New Wave, the development of film theory, and criticism in France.   

FREN 4300 France and Globalization

Intercultural class focusing on French attitudes and policies toward globalization as well as France's role in the European Community.   

FREN 4695 French Internship

Professional experience with a business/organization in which students enhance their language skills and cultural knowledge in French in relation to the practical goals/objectives of the entity.

ID 4205 French Design & Culture

Exploration of French design and culture.