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French Minor - Academic Experience

(HEGIS: , CIP: 16.0901 French Language and Literature)

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

910 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4620

Dr. Amy C. Graves Monroe
Chair

Dr. Henry Berlin
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Academic Opportunities

In addition to Independent Studies, Research Assistantships, and in select cases the option to take graduate courses for undergraduate credit, there are many opportunities for extracurricular 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 Romance Languages and Literatures department website.

Experiential Learning

Majors and minors in the Romance Languages have often participated in internships, serving as tutors in the Buffalo schools or working with international organizations in the region. Students can collaborate with faculty on their research projects as well. Students from all three RLL major and minor programs have earned credits through new experiential learning opportunities by tutoring international refugees or young Puerto Rican students displaced by Hurricane Maria. These experiences fostered gains in linguistic mastery as well as in cultural awareness as students discovered the relevance of their own training for civic and social service.

Study Abroad

Students are strongly encouraged to study in French-speaking countries, ideally for an academic year or a semester. Study abroad programs sponsored by SUNY campuses, such as those in France, Quebec, Senegal, and Switzerland, are open to UB French students. Credits earned on those programs can transfer to UB. Detailed information is available on the Study Abroad website. Majors and minors may complete up to half their required French courses and can satisfy general education requirements as well, via approved study abroad programs. The Department requires a mandatory pre-departure advisement session with a French faculty advisor to determine what courses will count toward the major, as well as a follow-up advisement session after the student returns. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the department offers scholarships to help students finance their study abroad.

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 Romance Languages and Literatures department website.

Honors and Awards

Membership in the UB chapter of the national French honor society Pi Delta Phi is open to students of high academic attainment.

Departmental Honors

 
Published: Oct 13, 2021 11:06:15