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Pau Courses – 2021 Summer Session I

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Courses

You will enroll in at least four to six credits in Session I, and in four to five credits during Session II, plus one additional credit if enrolled in the optional Paris Field Study. Course availability is conditional on student interest and enrollment.

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French Language Studies

In Session I, a 3-credit French language course is required. In Session II, you will choose between a 3-credit French language course or a 3-credit French Literature course (see elective section). A 1-credit French conversation course is required for students at the intermediate level and higher in Session II. Language courses have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each.

Session I and Session II

  • Summer Session I
    French World Languages and Literatures 100-level 4 credits Taught in French
    Summer Session II
    French World Languages and Literatures 100-level 4 credits Taught in French

    Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of French grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary and useful expressions are studied. The goals of these courses are to build reading, writing, listening and above all speaking skills and to enable the students to handle basic communicative tasks and social situations.

  • Summer Session I
    French World Languages and Literatures 100-level 4 credits Taught in French
    Summer Session II
    French World Languages and Literatures 100-level 4 credits Taught in French

    Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of French grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary and useful expressions are studied. The goals of these courses are to build reading, writing, listening and above all speaking skills and to enable the students to handle basic communicative tasks and social situations.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college-level French

  • Summer Session I
    French World Languages and Literatures 200-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Summer Session II
    French World Languages and Literatures 200-level 3 credits Taught in French

    These courses involve a review and deeper study of the structure of the French language and the French culture. Practice of oral and written communication: speeches, discussions, interviews, role-playing, writing messages, statements, letters and stories. Practice of listening and reading comprehension through authentic materials such as news, films and literary texts.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level French

  • Summer Session I
    French World Languages and Literatures 200-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Summer Session II
    French World Languages and Literatures 200-level 3 credits Taught in French

    These courses involve a review and deeper study of the structure of the French language and the French culture. Practice of oral and written communication: speeches, discussions, interviews, role-playing, writing messages, statements, letters and stories. Practice of listening and reading comprehension through authentic materials such as news, films and literary texts.

    Prerequisite: three semesters of college French

  • Summer Session I
    French World Languages and Literatures 300-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Summer Session II
    French World Languages and Literatures 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Classes revolve around compositions that the student writes frequently on a variety of topics. Part of the class is used to correct the composition or exercises, which the student does outside of class and on teaching the necessary expressions and structures for essay writing. The goal of these courses is to enable the students to express themselves effectively in formal and informal writing on practical, social and professional topics and to achieve a personal style in written French.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level French

  • Summer Session I
    French World Languages and Literatures 300-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Summer Session II
    French World Languages and Literatures 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Classes revolve around compositions that the student writes frequently on a variety of topics. Part of the class is used to correct the composition or exercises, which the student does outside of class and on teaching the necessary expressions and structures for essay writing. The goal of these courses is to enable the students to express themselves effectively in formal and informal writing on practical, social and professional topics and to achieve a personal style in written French.

    Prerequisite: five semesters of college-level French

  • Summer Session I
    French World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Summer Session II
    French World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Designed to improve the knowledge and expressive capabilities of advanced language students. Readings of narrative, drama, poetry, essays and journalism are analyzed for style, for the meaning of vocabulary in precise context and serve as a basis for subsequent discussion. Close study of the register of the French language and transposition exercises. Students work to strengthen their own personal style through frequent written assignments.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level French

  • Summer Session I
    French World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Summer Session II
    French World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Designed to improve the knowledge and expressive capabilities of advanced language students. Readings of narrative, drama, poetry, essays and journalism are analyzed for style, for the meaning of vocabulary in precise context and serve as a basis for subsequent discussion. Close study of the register of the French language and transposition exercises. Students work to strengthen their own personal style through frequent written assignments.

    Prerequisite: seven semesters of college-level French

  • Summer Session I
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Summer Session II
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French

    This course is specifically designed for students with an advanced knowledge who want to augment their ability to comprehend spoken French and to express themselves more fluently in French.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level French

  • Summer Session I
    French 300-level 1 credit Taught in French
    Summer Session II
    French 300-level 1 credit Taught in French

    Acquisition and improvement of communicative and linguistic terms with the help of a constant interaction between teachers and students.

    Active listening and participation, contribution to written and oral activities.

    Presentation of the results of short research projects followed by debates.

    - Utilized methods and documents:

    In turn; Communicative exercises of progressive French grammar of an intermediate level; Cadences 2; etc...

    Articles from the press (Le Monde, Libération, Télérama, Courrier International...)

    Radio and television reports about present day society that foster oral expression by way of in-class debate.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level French

Electives

These elective courses are designed to familiarize you with the region.

Session I

  • Summer Session I
    French 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    French 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of visits in the Béarn and the Basque country by providing a historical and cultural base for further study of the French culture.

  • Summer Session I
    French World Languages and Literatures 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    In this course we will examine the major social, political and historical events and movements of the 20th century, which have helped create French thought and culture. Readings for the study and exploration of topics include French culture, character, society, history, language and education, and will be taken from a number of sources - literary, scholarly and popular. When appropriate, students will take field trips to local points of cultural interest.

  • Summer Session I
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Description not available at this time.
  • Summer Session I
    Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course will explore critical issues related to French politics, power dynamics in foreign policy, national elections, and political parties. Students will examine significant policies put forth by presidents of the Fifth Republic, its evolution in French society, and its impact on the French people.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college-level political science or international relations

  • Summer Session I
    Art 200-level 1 credit Taught in French

    Art history of western Europe through the 17th century, with particular emphasis on country specific art. For example, students in France will study influential French artists along with important European artists of that period. The art and vision of the world of each period are studied through architecture, sculpture and painting, including: Romanesque art (the great cathedrals) and the Renaissance (da Vinci, Michelangelo, El Greco). The objectives of the course are to develop a more complete knowledge of European and local culture through art and to learn to identify, analyze and appreciate works of art.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level French

Session II

  • Summer Session I
    French 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    French 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of visits in the Béarn and the Basque country by providing a historical and cultural base for further study of the French culture.

  • Summer Session II
    French 300-level 1 credit Taught in French Cancelled

    French history, politics, society, and living in France in general as shown through French music from the 20th century to now.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level French

  • Summer Session II
    Geography Natural Resources 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Introduction to the processes that influence the natural history of the Pyrenees Mountain Range. These factors include very long-term environmental variables such as plate tectonics, ocean circulation patterns, climate change, and glaciations as well as short term factors such as weather, flooding, landslides, and human use of the environment. Emphasizes relationships between humans and our environment and the geography of the Pyrenees.

    This course has an additional fee.

  • Summer Session II
    French World Languages and Literatures 200-level 1 credit Taught in English Cancelled

    This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Paris tour by providing a historic and artistic base for studies of French language and culture. Students will acquire new knowledge about the physical, cultural, and historical landscape of Paris.

  • Summer Session II
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    This course will expose students to various aspects of French society and provide students a space to develop a more meaningful understanding of French culture. In addition, students will strengthen their foundational knowledge of French political, social, and education systems and develop the ability to analyze highly debated issues such as immigration and religion.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college French, or equivalent

  • Summer Session II
    French 300-level 1 credit Taught in French

    Travail sur l'articulation, la prononciation, l'intonation, travail sur le corps, les émotions, l'imaginaire, travail sur des textes d'auteurs contemporains avec correction phonétique, pratique de certaines structures grammaticales adaptés au niveaux des étudiants.

    Produire un spectacle en français à l'université devant un public d'étudiants et de personnel de l'Université à la fin du cours.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level French

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Field studies

Optional field studies are an excellent way to deepen your academic experience abroad. During your 1-credit field study course, you will participate in carefully planned excursions that allow you to explore the cultural, historical, and natural features of France. These overnight field experiences, combined with required academic components such as readings, research, and written assignments, will increase your understanding of the sites and locales visited.

As an experiential learning method, optional field studies complement the larger academic program and provide you with opportunities to learn in new ways, to gain hands-on experience, and to connect your classroom learning to the world around you.

Optional field studies have an additional fee and are subject to meeting minimum enrollment requirements to run.

For more information about field study options, see the Pau tour and field study page.

Quick Details

2021-22 App. Cycle

Spring: Open

2022-23 App. Cycle

Summer sessions: Opens 9/1
Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1
Spring: Opens 9/1

Eligibility

Preferred GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

60 students

Instruction

English | French

Member

APUAF--Association des Programmes Universitaires Américains en France

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