Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

French - Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA, Minor
Graduate: MA, PhD

Advisement

Meeting with a departmental faculty advisor is strongly encouraged before students begin to pursue a French major or minor. These advisors - who are also professors of some of the department's courses - can answer important questions about program requirements, course offerings, study abroad, and they can also help students map out projected plans of study.

For questions regarding all French courses from the 200-level or higher or the French B.A. and minor, students should schedule an appointment during the fall and academic semesters using the link on 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.

Questions regarding 100-level courses (FR 101, FR 102, FR 104, FR 151, FR 152) should be directed to Dr. Jeannette Ludwig (716-645-0877; jmludwig@buffalo.edu).

Acceptance Information

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

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

Academic Requirements

The department has a residency requirement: all students must complete at least 50% of required credits for a major or minor through French coursework at a local UB campus. This means that a maximum of 50% of credits awarded due to exams (AP, IB, etc.) or earned from transfer courses with passing grades (including study abroad) may be applicable to required French coursework and credits. Departmental review may be necessary. If students have questions, they should consult a departmental faculty advisor or the department's website (rll.buffalo.edu). The following chart explains the credit breakdown:

Total Credits Required Total credits to be fulfilled for the residency requirement
Regular major 39 21
Joint Major 30 15
Minor 18 9


Graduation requirements for the regular French major also include completion of three 200-level courses (9 credit hours) and ten 300/400-level courses (30 credit hours), all with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Among these courses, the following are required: FR 211, FR 212, FR 213, FR 301, FR 302, and FR 343.

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

A joint major exists for students who are interested in two fields of study but who find that completion of all requirements for regular majors in both fields is not possible. Department requirements for the joint major include completion of three 200-level courses (9 credit hours) and seven 300/400-level courses (21 credit hours), all with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. The student must complete the same required courses in the French program for the regular major (FR 211, FR 212, FR 213, FR 301, FR 302, FR 343). In addition, the student must complete the joint major requirements for the other selected department. For the university's policy on the joint major, see Major Requirement under University Degree Requirements.

Graduation requirements for completion of the French minor include completion of two 200-level courses (6 credit hours) and four 300/400-level courses, all with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Among these courses, the following are required: any two from the 200-level (FR 211, FR 212, FR 213); and FR 301, FR 302, and FR 343.

French - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisites (see below) or their equivalents.

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

*Appropriate level is based on placement and/or previous education, training, or experience, unless exempted. For clarification, contact Dr. Jeannette Ludwig at 716.645.0877, or by email.

Required Courses

FR 211 Languages, Texts, and Contexts of the French-speaking World I
FR 212 Languages, Texts, and Contexts of the French-speaking World II
FR 213 Languages, Texts, and Contexts of the French-speaking World III
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
FR 343 also fulfills the UB Curriculum Communication Literacy 2 (CL2) requirement

Note: Three courses for the major may fulfill the UB Curriculum Global Pathway requirement through the Language and Culture track. Alternatively, courses for the major may help fulfill the Global Reflections track or the International Experience track of the Global Pathway. Please use the Pathfinder tool to learn more about sequences and options.

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Prerequisites** 16
Requirements 34
Total Credits Required for Major** 50
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 31
Additional Credits Required for Electives 39
Total Credits Required for Degree 120


**This total may vary depending on previously earned credit-bearing work (e.g., transfer courses, AP) or placement due to previous study/experience; please contact the department with any questions.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the French BA which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

*Appropriate level is based on placement and/or previous education, training, or experience, unless exempted. For clarification, contact Dr. Jeannette Ludwig (716.645.0877; jmludwig@buffalo.edu)

For students wishing to study abroad, different sequences of requirements should be reviewed in advance; see the Study Abroad section earlier in this program description for contact information.

Advising Notes

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the 200-level through the 300/400-level courses is necessary for degree conferral.

The joint major is reduced by three 300/400-level electives.

French - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite courses (see below) or their equivalents.

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

*Appropriate level is based on placement and/or previous education, training, or experience, unless exempted. For clarification, contact Dr. Jeannette Ludwig by phone (716.645.0877) or by email.

Required Courses

Two of the following three 200-level courses:
FR 211 Languages, Texts, Contexts I
FR 212 Languages, Texts, Contexts II
FR 213 Languages, Texts, Contexts III

FR 301 Survey of French Literature I
FR 302 Survey of French Literature II
FR 343 Advanced Grammar and Composition
One additional FR 300/400-level elective
FR 343 also fulfills the UB Curriculum Communication Literacy 2 (CL2) requirement

Note: Three courses for the minor may fulfill the UB Curriculum Global Pathway requirement through the Language and Culture track. Alternatively, courses for the minor may help fulfill the Global Reflections track or the International Experience track of the Global Pathway. Please use the Pathfinder tool to learn more about sequences and options.


Minor Credit Requirements Chart
Prerequisites** 16
Required Courses 18
Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate** 34

Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

**This total may vary depending on previously earned credit-bearing work (e.g., transfer courses, AP) or placement due to previous study/experience; please contact the department with any questions.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

*Appropriate level is based on placement and/or previous education, training, or experience, unless exempted. For clarification, contact Dr. Jeannette Ludwig (716.645.0877; jmludwig@buffalo.edu)

For students wishing to study abroad, different sequences of requirements should be reviewed in advance; see the Study Abroad section earlier in this program description for contact information.

Advising Notes

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the 200-level through the 400-level courses is necessary for successful completion of the minor.

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