(courses taught in French unless otherwise noted)
Architecture of Paris
Art 360P (4 credits)
A thematic survey of Parisian architecture from the Roman era to the present. Individual monuments and their architectural idiosyncrasies are studied in their historical and sociological contexts, with emphasis on urban development. Guided visits to monuments and sites. AES *
Paris as the Stage in Films
Film 250P (4 credits)
This course provides an introduction to film criticism and analyzes the relationship between artistic creation and film technique. The common theme will be how the city of Paris is portrayed by French directors (Renoir, Carne, Godard, Truffaut, among others) and in representative Hollywood films. AES, MOD
French Written Expression
French 303P (4 credits)
Intensive training and review in French written expression. A review of the essential elements of grammar and practice of written expression. Must be taken in conjunction with FR 304P. Prerequisite: four terms of college-level French or the equivalent. LAN
French Oral Expression
French 304P (4 credits)
Intensive training and review in French oral expression. Acquisition of vocabulary, intensive review of phonetics, and oral practice emphasizing the comprehension of daily language. Must be taken in conjunction with FR 303P. Prerequisite: four terms of college-level French or the equivalent. LAN
Advanced Written and Oral Expression
French 311P (4 credits)
This course refines the student's ability to express him/herself in French, both in writing and orally. By the end of the course, the student should have mastered a variety of ways to express time, purpose, condition, consequence, and contradiction and should be able to discriminate without hesitation between the uses of tenses and moods. Prerequisite: five terms of college-level French or the equivalent.
French 330P (4 credits)
This course introduces students to the Parisian stage in its variety and exposes them to six plays of the French repertory. As much as possible, the plays chosen are representative of a major period or trend in the history of French theater. The course can be taken for credit more than once as the plays studied depend on what is currently in production in Paris and are different each term. Fee for tickets. Open to students who place into FRENCH 311P or above. AES, MOD
France/Africa: Between History and Memory
International Studies 230P
Organized around three historic periods, this course presents the major figures, themes, and debate that have contributed to the historical relationship between France and its former colonies, from the early days of colonialism to the present. Emphasis will be placed on a historical survey and an analysis of the founding discourses of this relationship.
Independent Studies / Applied Arts
XXX-390P (2-4 credits)
Independent studies in studio art, photography, dance, and voice can be arranged on an individual basis at institutes in Paris for students majoring in those subjects.
Independent Studies / French University Courses
XXX-390P (4 credits)
Students with very advanced French skills, appropriate performance on the placement test, and permission of the director, may enroll in an independent study in French or in their major field in conjunction with a course offered at the Sorbonne or other Paris university and a tutorial. Offerings vary by term. University audit fees may apply.
The four-week January Term is required of all Hollins University students and optional for all others who participate in Hollins Abroad-Paris for the full academic year. January Term course options include internships, supervised independent studies, intensive French language courses at the Institut de Touraine, and other learning experiences either in Paris, elsewhere in France, or occasionally, in other French-speaking countries. Each student's plan is arranged in consultation with the director and must have her approval.
Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
Art 320P (4 credits)
This course begins with a review of the evolution of French painting and artistic life during the second half of the 19th century. A study of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements and their influence on succeeding generations of artists follows. Emphasis is on training of the eye and direct contact with works of art. Guided museum visits. AES, MOD
Introduction to European International Relations
Political Science 240P/313P (4 credits)
This course focuses on current European political and economic debates, reviews the history and ongoing evolution of the European Union, and analyzes the current challenges it faces. Can be taken for economics or political science credit; individual assignments will vary accordingly. Students taking this course for political science credit must do all their papers and projects on topics in political science. GLO, MOD
Novelists and Autobiography in the 20th Century
French 353P (4 credits)
This course studies the relationship between life as it is remembered and its reshaping in writing, that is, the interaction between reality and literary creation. Authors are chosen based on their literary impact on 20th century writing. Open to students who place into FRENCH 311P or above. MOD
20th-Century French Art
Art 340P (4 credits)
This course undertakes an analysis of the questions addressed by the artists of major French movements during the 20th century. Emphasis is on the Avant-Garde to 1914, Surrealism, various forms of abstraction, New Realism, Art/Attitude, and more recent hybrid genres. Guided or assigned visits to museums and temporary exhibits. AES, MOD
Advanced French Composition
French 321P (4 credits)
This advanced course enables students to refine their skills in written French in a variety of ways, including in literary critiques, essays, and business French. Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level French or the equivalent and appropriate performance on the placement test.
Paris in 19th- and 20th-Century French Literature
French 351P (4 credits)
A study of how French novelists and poets see and describe the great social and cultural changes that Paris underwent during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Study will focus on the city as protagonist in the literary works of the period. Weekly accompanied visits to monuments or sites described in the works studied. Open to students who place into FRENCH 311P or above. AES, MOD
Political Science 210P/312P (4 credits)
This course introduces students to the particularities of French society and of the nation's political, social, and economic forces and institutions. Special emphasis is put on the French political system under the Vth Republic. France's role in Europe is also analyzed. GLO, MOD
French 399P (4 credits)
Internships in law firms, art galleries, businesses, and schools can be arranged for full-year students who have developed fluency in French and are in their second term in Paris. A research paper on a topic related to the internship will be required.
* Hollins University general education perspectives are coded in all CAPS at the end of each course description.