Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

French - Overview

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

Contact Information

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 Address: rll.buffalo.edu
Dr. Elizabeth Scarlett
Dr. Christian Flaugh
Director of Undergraduate Studies (FR 200-level Courses and Higher)
Dr. Jeanette Ludwig
Language Program Director (FR 101-FR 152)


The French language is spoken by millions of people living not only in France, but also in other parts of Europe, Canada, the Caribbean and its diaspora, North and Sub-Saharan 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-language cultures 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 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 culture, going from the Arthurian legends through postcolonial self-examination, and students find many familiar landmarks in the study of French language cultures.

RLL's French program trains students in the spoken and written language, and deepens their knowledge of and interest in the literature and culture of French-speaking world regions. Students of French are encouraged to study abroad for a summer, a semester, or a full year. UB students currently have access to SUNY programs in France, Quebec, Senegal, and Switzerland.

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, 367 Baldy Hall.

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