Why Study French at IU Southeast?

Official language of the United Nations, NATO, the European Union and the Olympics, French is a language of world-wide reach that will greatly enhance your job prospects in any field with an international bent, which in our global society is just about any field you may choose. The French-speaking world is ethnically and racially diverse, rich in historical and cultural contrasts and offers a panorama of perspectives on the human condition. From the beaches of the South Pacific to the arctic areas of Canada, from the Caribbean basin to the desserts of North Africa, from the Parisian suburbs to the plains of central Africa, and from the rice paddies of Indochina to Europe’s highest Alpine peaks, French is a language that will open doors for meaningful careers and enriching personal exploration.

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The longstanding historical connections between the English- and French-speaking worlds and the languages they speak make French an excellent choice as an initial second language for Americans. French was the language of the ruling class in England for over 300 years, and the intertwining of French and English and their long-lasting effects one upon the other remain evident today. As such, studying French will not only provide access to diverse Francophone cultural realities and open up many more opportunities for significant global connections, it will also better equip you to explore the history and exploit the potential of the English you speak. Add to this well over a thousand years of both close partnership and passionate disagreement, and you have a winning ticket for a fascinating and enriching intellectual journey.

The IU Southeast French program strongly supports the development of our students’ language skills and of their knowledge of Francophone cultures around the globe, both through on campus coursework and activities and through an array of study abroad opportunities. Course offerings provide ample opportunities for the growth of an individual’s language abilities in listening, speaking, reading and writing while also providing avenues for exploring the history, literature, artistic expression, institutions, and day-to-day cultural reality of societies for which French is a central medium of communication. The IUS French program is committed to offering students the core courses they require to graduate in a timely fashion, while providing options that allow students to explore areas of personal interest. We are also fully engaged in encouraging and assisting our students to seek out opportunities to live, study and/or work in French-speaking cultures as a part of their fundamental educational experience. We seek to foster a learning community both inside and outside the classroom that will empower our students to function more effectively in any number of professional fields with a Francophone connection.


See "General Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees at IU Southeast" and "General Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree."

Bachelor of Arts in French

Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours above the 100 level, some of which may be taken overseas (See the "Overseas Study" section of the bulletin.) or through Metroversity.

  1. F 200, F 250
  2. 300 level Eighteen (18) credit hours from the following
    F 300, F 305, F 306, F 313, F 314, F 315, F 316, F 363, F 375
  3. 400 level Six (6) credit hours from the following: F 453, F 454, F 461, F 474, F 475
  4. Any appropriate University of Louisville 500-level courses.

Minor in French

15 credit hours, including

  • F 200 Second-Year French I (3 cr.)
  • F 250 Second-Year French II (3 cr.)

Nine (9) credit hours in French beyond F250.

Graduates of foreign language study can expect to find enhanced opportunities for employment in a wide variety of fields, including among others education, business, law, travel and tourism, public and political service, advertising, and international relations. The ability to communicate in another person’s language and to understand and appreciate cultural differences that characterize another person’s life experience, the ability to act as a conduit for translating and transmitting this information to others, the ability to operate in another person’s cultural space with confidence, these are skills that will provide you with an inestimable edge in a job market in which more global fluency will lead directly to more opportunity. Speaking another person’s language and possessing a mind practiced in viewing the world through the lens of another’s cultural reality will command a degree of respect and elicit a level of intimacy that a monolingual will never be able to match.

F100-F150 Elementary French I-II (4-4 cr.)
Introduction to French language and selected aspects of French civilization and culture. Attendance in the language lab may be required.

F200-F250 Second-Year French I-II (3-3 cr.)
Grammar, composition, and conversation coordinated with the study of expository, literary, and cultural texts. Attendance in the language lab may be required.

F300 Lectures et analyses littéraires (3 cr.)
Preparation for more advanced work in French literature. Readings and discussions of one play, one novel, short stories or essays, and poems.

F305 Chefs-d'oeuvre de la littérature française I (3 cr.)
Drama and literature of ideas. Dramatists such as Corneille, Racine, Molière, Beaumarchais, and Sartre; essayists and philosophes such as Descartes, Pascal, Voltaire, Diderot, and Camus. Lectures and discussion in French.

F306 Chefs-d'oeuvre de la littérature française II (3 cr.)
Novel and poetry. Novelists such as Balzac, Flaubert, and Proust; readings in anthologies stressing sixteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century poetry. Lectures and discussion in French.

F313-F314 Advanced Grammar and Composition I-II (3-3 cr.)
Detailed review of grammar. Writing practice.

F315-F316 French Conversation and Diction I-II (3-3 cr.)
Course devoted to oral practice and basic phonetic rules.

F363 Introduction à la France moderne (3 cr.)<
The development of French culture and civilization in the twentieth century, with an emphasis on the events which shaped modern France, the structure of daily life, and its institutions.

F375 Thèmes et perspectives littéraires (3 cr.)
Study of a specific subject or theme, such as society and the individual, the tragic hero from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, comedy, and satire. All work in French.

F396 Foreign Study in French (1-6 cr.)
Credit for foreign study in French language or literature when no specific equivalent is available among departmental offerings. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

F453 Le Roman au 20e siècle I (3 cr.)
Ecrivains tels que Gide, Alain-Fournier, Colette, Bernanos, Sartre, Malraux.

F454 Le Roman au 20e siècle II (3 cr.)
Ecrivains tels que Camus, Queneau, Butor, Vian, Duras.

F461 La France contemporaine (3 cr.)
France since 1945; political, social, economic, and cultural aspects.

F474 Theme et version (3 cr.)
Translations of selected passages, alternating between English and French, to teach students to write with precision and clarity in both languages.

F475 Le Français oral: cours avancé (3 cr.)



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Charles L. Pooser
Associate Professor of French and International Studies
Coordinator of French Studies
Phone: (812) 941-2128
Office Location: KV 233 C
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Danielle Biton
Adjunct Lecturer of French
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Julien Carriere
Adjunct Lecturer of French
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Catherine Felten
Adjunct Lecturer of French
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Modern Languages faculty members pursue active research agendas that enhance our teaching in meaningful ways and connect IU Southeast to a wider scholarly community.

Dr. Pooser

Published books and articles
  • “Haitian Culture: Largely Untapped Resource for Francophone Studies”. French Review, Vol 85 (5), April 2012.
  • “Creole in the Public Eye: Written Instances of Creole in Public Spaces in Guadeloupe.” French Cultural Studies, Vol 22 (4), November, 2011.
  • “Lessons from Historical Linguistics.” In K. Fresco & Wendy Pfeffer (Eds.), ‘Chançon legiere a chanter’: Essays on Old French Literature in Honor of Samuel N. Rosenberg. Birmingham, AL: Summa Publications, 2007.
  • “Middle French Narrative Tenses Revisited Once again.” Neophilologus, April 2006.
  • “Bringing the Web to the Foreign Language Writing Class.” The French Review, Vol. 78, October 2004.
  • “A comparative view of early French historical prose: Implications for compositional orientation.” Romance Notes, Vol. 43, Spring 2003.
  • Valdman, A., Pooser, C. L. & Jean-Baptiste, R. A Learner's Dictionary of Haitian Creole. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Creole Institute. 1997.
  • "Thirteenth Century Oral Resonances: The Case of the Valenciennes Chronicle." Proceedings of the Twentieth University of Pennsylvania Linguistics Colloquium, Philadelphia, February 17-18, 1996.