French

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

College of Arts and Sciences
910 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4620

Phone: 716.645.2191
Fax: 716.645.5981
Email: rll-info@buffalo.edu
Web: rll.buffalo.edu/rll

Maureen Jameson
Chair
716.645.2191
jameson@buffalo.edu

Jeannette Ludwig
Director of Undergraduate Studies and Language Program Director
716.645.2191, ext. 1175
jmludwig@buffalo.edu

About the Program

The French language is spoken by millions of people living in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, the Caribbean, North and Central Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. It is a major international language of the arts, commerce, and science, a status that reflects the leading role that French culture and technology have played and continue to play. In the United States, more students study French than any other foreign language except Spanish.

The centuries-old relationship of the English-speaking and French-speaking cultures has resulted in a great deal of common heritage. Not only is there a substantial overlap in vocabulary�some 40 percent of English words are of French origin�there is also a common cultural heritage, going from the Arthurian legends through postcolonial self-examination, and students find many familiar landmarks in the study of French culture.

The French program trains students in the spoken and written language, and deepens their knowledge of and interest in the literature and culture of France and other French-speaking countries. Majors in French are encouraged to study abroad for a summer, a semester, or a full year. SUNY programs in French cities are open to UB students. For a major or minor, a minimum of four courses at the 300/400 level must be taken in residence at the Buffalo campus.

Students wishing to satisfy the requirements for teacher certification should plan their programs with particular care in order to accommodate the required semester of the professional sequence during their senior year. For certification requirements, students should contact the Teacher Education Institute, Graduate School of Education, 375 Baldy Hall.

Degree Options

The major program leads to a BA in French. For students who have another major field, both joint majors and double majors with French are possible; these programs also lead to the BA degree. There is also a French minor program.

Acceptance Information

In order to be accepted for the French major, a minimum GPA of 2.0 overall, and a minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite courses or their equivalents (FR 101-FR 102 sequence or FR 104; FR 151-FR 152, and FR 211-FR 212) are ordinarily required. Early admission is available for qualified and motivated students; inquires should be addressed to the director of undergraduate studies.

In order to be accepted for the French minor, a minimum GPA of 2.0 overall, and a minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite courses or their equivalents (FR 101-FR 102 sequence or FR 104; FR 151-FR 152, and FR 211-FR 212) are ordinarily required.

Advisement

Newly admitted or prospective French majors should meet as soon as possible with the director of undergraduate studies to discuss their program of study. It is particularly important to begin university studies at an appropriate level and to begin planning well in advance for study abroad. All majors and prospective majors are urged to seek out the director�s advice�in person, by phone, or by e-mail�whenever they have questions or problems.

Students can find additional information about courses on the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures Web site (http://rll.buffalo.edu/rll). Students may also contact instructors directly.

Academic Requirements

Graduation requirements for the French major include completion of two 200-level courses (6 credit hours) with a minimum GPA of 2.5, and ten 300/400-level courses (30 credit hours) with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Among these ten courses, the following three are required: FR 301, FR 302, and FR 343.

Graduation requirements for the double major are the same as those for the major.

Some students are interested in two fields of study, but prefer a program that does not require them to complete all requirements for both fields. These students may be interested in the joint major. Graduation requirements for the joint major include completion of two 200-level courses (6 credit hours) with a minimum GPA of 2.5, and seven 300/400-level courses (21 credit hours) with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Among these seven courses, the following three are required: FR 301, FR 302, and FR 343. In addition, the student must complete the joint major requirements for another department.

Requirements for completion of the French minor include completion of two 200-level courses (6 credit hours) with a minimum GPA of 2.5, and four 300/400-level courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Among these four courses, the following three are required: FR 301, FR 302, and FR 343.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

An honors program in French is open to students who achieve a minimum GPA of 3.25 overall and a minimum GPA of 3.67 in at least five upper-division French courses. Students in the honors program in French must complete two honors projects in two upper-division French courses.

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

Study abroad is vigorously encouraged for all students. The Study Abroad Programs office can advise students on possible destinations, as well as on ways of making overseas study affordable.

The generosity of two alumni families has made it possible for the French section to offer two awards annually: the Linda Rock Memorial Scholarship and the Maria Becker Memorial Scholarship. These awards support study abroad, and are given on the basis of academic performance and financial need. Details are available every March in the department office.

Undergraduate students are eligible to participate in group activities organized by the French Graduate Student Association, such as French films, a French coffee hour, and excursions to Montreal. Course opportunities permit students to do field work with a sizable local African francophone population.

Career Opportunities/Further Study

Students who choose to major in French at UB can look forward to a number or career and graduate education opportunities. Over the years, French program graduates have gone on to graduate work in French, international trade, geographic information systems, and even information technology and Web design, as well as law school; other graduates have found employment in government and in secondary education. Students frequently combine a program in French with concentrations in other languages, in linguistics or history, or in such fields as management or geography. Whatever career appeals to a graduating student, fluency in French is assuredly an advantage.

French - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite coursework in French.

Prerequisite Courses

FR 101 Elementary French 1st Semester - FR 102 Elementary French 2nd Semester, or FR 104 Transitional Elementary French, or equivalent preparation
FR 151 Intermediate French 1st Semester - FR 152 Intermediate French 2nd Semester, or equivalent preparation
FR 211 Studies in French Language and Culture I*
FR 212 Studies in French Language and Culture II*

Required Courses

FR 301 Survey of French Literature I
FR 302 Survey of French Literature II
FR 343 Advanced Grammar and Composition
Seven additional 300/400-level electives

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major...36

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall - Elementary or intermediate French or FR 211*
Spring - Elementary or intermediate French or FR 212*

SECOND YEAR
Fall - FR 211 or FR 301*
Spring - FR 212 or FR 302*

THIRD YEAR
Fall - FR 301, two 300/400-level electives
Spring - FR 302, FR 343, one 300/400-level elective

FOURTH YEAR
Fall - Two 300/400-level electives
Spring - Two 300/400-level electives

*Placement is based on a student�s prior training, and may be determined by a placement test and an advisement session in the department. For further information, please contact Professor Jeannette Ludwig at (716) 645-2191, ext. 1175, or jmludwig@buffalo.edu.

Note: Different scheduling arrangements can be made for those students wishing to study abroad.

French - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite coursework in French.

Prerequisite Courses

FR 101 Elementary French 1st Semester - FR 102 Elementary French 2nd Semester, or FR 104 Transitional Elementary French, or equivalent preparation
FR 151 Intermediate French 1st Semester - FR 152 Intermediate French 2nd Semester, or equivalent preparation
FR 211 Studies in French Language and Culture I*
FR 212 Studies in French Language and Culture II*

Required Courses

FR 301 Survey of French Literature I
FR 302 Survey of French Literature II
FR 343 Advanced Grammar and Composition
One additional 300/400-level elective

Summary
Total required credit hours for the minor...18

*Placement is based on a student�s prior training, and may be determined by a placement test and an advisement session in the department. For further information, please contact Professor Jeannette Ludwig at (716) 645-2191, ext. 1175, or jmludwig@buffalo.edu.

Course Descriptions

FR 101 Elementary French 1st Semester

Credits:  5
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Language as heard and spoken; development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing; five class hours weekly plus regular drill with language recordings.

FR 102 Elementary French 2nd Semester

Credits:  5
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  FR 101
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Language as heard and spoken; development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing; five class hours weekly plus regular drill with language recordings.

FR 104 Transitional Elementary French

Credits:  5
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Students who have completed FR 101 and/or FR 102 should not register for FR 104 as no credit will be given for duplicate courses.

One-semester review course designed for students who have taken the Regents exams, but who are not yet able to go into the second year of language study. Involves development of all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and, to some extent, writing), emphasizing the grammatical structures and vocabulary fundamental to simple, everyday conversation.

FR 151 Intermediate French 1st Semester

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  FR 102 or FR 104
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Continuing study of the language, includes a brief review of basic elements and the introduction and practice of more precise linguistic features. Students further their listening and speaking skills through in-class activities, as well as independent work with sound files. Also develops students� reading and writing skills through the use of literary and cultural texts.

FR 152 Intermediate French 2nd Semester

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  FR 151 or permission of the language director
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Continuing study of the language, including briefly reviewing basic elements and the introduction and practice of more precise linguistic features. Students further their listening and speaking skills through in-class activities, as well as independent work with sound files. Also develops students� reading and writing skills through the use of literary and cultural texts.

FR 211 Studies in French Language and Culture I

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  FR 152 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Perfecting writing skills in preparation for advanced courses or study abroad: selections from prose, poetry, drama, or writings on contemporary issues and problems.

FR 212 Studies in French Language and Culture II

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  FR 211 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Perfecting writing skills in preparation for advanced courses or study abroad: selections from prose, poetry, drama, or writings on contemporary issues and problems.

FR 270 Intermediate Conversation

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  FR 152
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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For majors and nonmajors who wish to enhance their spoken French by intensive listening and speaking activities. No credit toward French major. Develops understanding and speaking ability, and knowledge of contemporary France.

FR 271 Business French

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  FR 152
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Builds on the language proficiency acquired in 100-level French courses by introducing students to the vocabulary, idiom, and social conventions they must master to function in a business setting in the French-speaking world. Expects students to demonstrate proficiency both in the language skills taught in the course and in knowledge of the European and non-European business context. Among the anticipated assignments are oral comprehension exercises based on French news broadcasts, drafting of several business letters in French, and short business-related papers. No credit toward French major.

FR 301 Survey of French Literature I

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  FR 211-FR 212, or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces students to major currents of French literature and thought in selected readings from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Classical period, and Enlightenment. The study of epic (La Chanson de Roland), romance (Yvain ou le chevalier au lion), autobiographical writing (Montaigne�s Essais), classical tragedy and comedy (Racine and Moli�re), the novel (La Princesse de Cl�ves and Candide), philosophical writing (selections from Descartes, Pascal, and Rousseau), and poetry (selections from Charles d�Orl�ans, Villon, Du Bellay, and Ronsard) emphasizes both literary and philosophical traditions, as well as textual interpretation.

FR 302 Survey of French Literature II

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  FR 211-FR 212, or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Acquaints students with the major literary movements from the French revolution through contemporary times. Examines a selection of works�including Romantic poetry of Hugo, Lamartine, and Vigny; theatre; Flaubert�s Madame Bovary; and contemporary and avant-garde works�particularly emphasizing the relationship between text and context.

FR 331 Pre-Romanticism and Romanticism

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  FR 211-FR 212, or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Begins with the study of Madame de Stael�s De l�Allemagne and Ch�teaubriand�s Ren� and Atala for a sense of the origins of French Romanticism. The study of texts by Stendhal, Balzac, and Hugo focuses on the Romantic search for inspiration in the subject�s emotional life, in exotic settings, and in the wealth of national legend.

FR 334 Poetry from Baudelaire to Surrealism

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  FR 211-FR 212, or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Surveys French poetry from 1857�date of the publication of Les Fleurs du mal�to the years immediately following World War II when surrealism is on the decline. A series of schools, movements, and tendencies that constitute the historical frame of reference for the course characterizes the period, in which the works of poets who dominated the period are particularly emphasized.

FR 338 Women Writers of Francophone Africa

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  FR 211-FR 212, or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Explores feminine writing��criture f�minine�as it has developed starting in the late 1970s in Francophone Africa. Focuses upon the differences between the concerns and themes voiced by African women writers and those raised by their male counterparts. Issues include religion, marriage, polygamy, education, the workplace, urban and rural life, love, and family life.

FR 341 The French Film

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines the works of some of the major movie directors of France since WWII. First Carn�, Ophuls, Cocteau, then the directors of the �Nouvelle Vague�: Truffaut, Resnais, Duras, Goddard. The last part of the course is devoted to a selection of more recent works, such as Au revoir les enfants, Ridicule, and Tous les matins du monde.

FR 343 Advanced Grammar and Composition

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  FR 211-FR 212, or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Provides a more sophisticated understanding of French syntax and improves skill in fluent, written self-expression. Brief weekly compositions serve as a basis for the discussion of points of syntax and style. Students also become familiar with reference works, which will be of continuing use.

FR 345 French Phonetics

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  FR 211-FR 212, or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Provides a practical and theoretical introduction to the contrastive differences between American English and French (including, when possible, characteristics of other major dialect areas of the French-speaking world, principally Canada and Africa). Through transcription exercises, oral presentations and corrections, as well as evaluative critiques, students analyze their pronunciation problems and work to improve identified weak spots.

FR 349 Stylistics and Translation

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  FR 211-FR 212, or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces the objectives, techniques, and difficulties of translation to and from French. At the theoretical level, and through a number of explications de texte, students reflect on such issues as the distinction between an author and a narrator, the �voice� in a text, textual �intentions� vs. reader response. In practical terms, weekly translations of selected short texts should foster the development of respect for the linguistic, stylistic, and occasional cultural differences between English and French.

FR 350 Modern French Short Story

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  FR 211 and FR 212
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Surveys a selection of modern French short stories sampling from French as well as Francophone writers and explores the means by which short stories achieve their effects within the restricted economy of the genre. Considers the stories both as narrative constructs and as reflections of the historical and cultural contexts in which they were written.

FR 351 French Literature in English Translation

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Upper-level literature course offered to non-majors who have an interest in literature but little or no training in the language. Organized by topic, the course sometimes focuses on an author (e.g. Montaigne, Flaubert) and sometimes on critical perspectives (e.g. French feminism).

FR 383 Problems of the French Novel

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  FR 211-FR 212, or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines the evolution of the narrative genre (centered on the novel with reference to a few short stories) from La Princesse de Cl�ves to the �New Novel.� Offers a close reading of some of the major works of Mme de Lafayette, Pr�vost, Balzac, Stendhal, Aurevilly, Camus, and Claude Simon.

FR 393 Study in Absentia

Credits:  1 - 16
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

For students enrolled in the Study Abroad Program sponsored by the University at Buffalo (see Study Abroad section in this catalog).

FR 404 Introduction to the Structure of Modern French

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  FR 211-FR 212, or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Describes present-day French from a modern linguistic standpoint. Successively covers phonology, morphology, and syntax and lexical change to give the student a better understanding of the structure of French and a broader comprehension of the function of language in general. Weekly travaux pratiques enable students to apply the analytical theory to real language problems.

FR 420 History of the French Language

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  FR 211-FR 212, or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Acquaints students with the internal and technical linguistic changes that characterize the emergence of French from Latin, as well as the external and historic events that influence this development. Discusses the nature of language change, the development of dialects, and the emergence of national standards. Consists of two lectures and one discussion period per week involving linguistic problem sets and brief translations of early French texts.

FR 429 Advanced Business French

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  FR 211 - FR 212, or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Seeks to familiarize students with the cultural and professional aspects of doing business in France. Topics include tariffs and quotas, the role of the EU and the euro, genetically modified foods, the environment, and globalization. Also covers French domestic issues, including the 35-hour work week, the strained retirement system, domestic political wrangling, the French press, and activist trade unions. This course also stresses practical skills such as business correspondence, how to read reports and other documents, how to follow the news (both written and televised) with full knowledge of its bias (national and political), and how to interview or give a business presentation.

FR 480 Seminar for Majors

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  FR 211-FR 212, or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Variable content.

FR 496 Internship/Practicum

Credits:  1 - 6
Semester:
Prerequisites:  Permission of Instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Hands-on experience in language and cultural studies at institutions and community organizations in the Western New York area.

FR 498 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

Credits:  1 - 6
Semester:
Prerequisites:  Permission of Instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Students collaborate with faculty research mentors on an ongoing faculty research project or conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member.

FR 499 Independent Study

Credits:  1 - 6
Semester:
Prerequisites:  FR 211-FR 212, or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Students who have demonstrated the ability to perform upper-level coursework may, on occasion, wish to research a topic not available through regular course offerings. Such students may, with permission of a supervising faculty member and the director of undergraduate studies, enroll in FR 499.

 

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