Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

French - About The Program

About Our Degrees

Applications to the major, joint major, and minor are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications are available at the department office or on the department's website.

Acceptance Criteria
Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisites (FR 101-FR 102 sequence or FR 104; FR 151-FR 152) or their equivalents is ordinarily required.

Degree Requirements
Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

The typical class size for:
Freshman/introductory courses is: 24
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 20
Upper level/advanced courses is: 15

In the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do?
TAs generally teach introductory-level courses.

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

General Education Requirements
Students often use Italian courses to fulfill the UB Curriculum Global Pathway requirement. One option is the Language & Culture track, common examples of which include:
Students should use the Pathfinder Tool to identify the appropriate course sequence for the Language & Culture track.

Students may also be able to use French courses to complete the Global Reflections or the International Experience tracks of the Global Pathway. They should consult the Pathfinder tool for such options.
If students have previous education or experience with French that surpasses the introductory (101-102), transitional (104), and intermediate (151-152) levels, they will need to determine with the help of an advisor if other French courses can satisfy their requirements.

If students are not sure of their level of French placement, if they have questions about placement (including about proficiency exams or exemption), they should contact Dr. Jeannette Ludwig (716.645.0877; jmludwig@buffalo.edu) or they can write to rll-info@buffalo.edu. Students should also consult Policies and Procedures, Registration.

For information on the university's general education requirements, including how many requirements our courses can fulfill, see University Degree Requirements or consult with your academic advisor.

About Our Faculty

Classes in the French program are small in size, and are taught by faculty with recognized commitment to teaching.

One faculty member has received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and one has received a Lilly Fellowship, and one is a UB Distinguished Professor.

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study in French-speaking countries. Before applying, students should consult with a departmental faculty advisor about the ways in which study abroad courses may fulfill departmental requirements for a major or minor. Students interested in having study abroad credit applied toward the B.A. or minor in French should schedule an appointment with a departmental faculty advisor: during the fall and academic semester they should use the link to the department's webpage for majors and minors; at all other times they should write to rll-info@buffalo.edu or call the department main office at 716.645.2191. Students interested in having credit count toward 100-level courses (FR 101, FR 102, FR 104, FR 151, FR 152) should contact Dr. Jeannette Ludwig (716.645.0877; jmludwig@buffalo.edu).

Study abroad programs sponsored by other SUNY campuses, like those in France, Quebec, Senegal, and Switzerland are open to UB French students. See Study Abroad. See also RLL's Degrees and Policies, Academic Requirements, for the department's residency requirement and allowable amounts of study abroad coursework for a major or minor.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

The Linda Rock Scholarship and the Maria Becker Scholarship are awarded to students majoring in French who intend to participate in a study abroad program. The awards are granted on the basis of an academic evaluation, although financial need is taken into consideration.

Departmental Honors are awarded to graduating students based on GPA.

Extracurricular Activities

There are many opportunities to participate in out-of-class enrichment activities through the department, including a conversation table, lectures, film screenings, and the French club. The Melodia E. Jones Chair in French also supports cultural activities such as films, theatre excursions, lectures, and conferences. Information on events and on the French club can be found on the department's website.

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Links to Further Information About this Program

Last updated: February 22 2022 21:08:39