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French Minor - Program Requirements

(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

Dr. Henry Berlin
Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Completing the French Minor Program

Academic Requirements

In order to be accepted into the French major, joint major, or minor, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.000 overall, and must complete prerequisite courses FR 151-FR 152 (unless these are waived on the basis of placement results), earning a minimum GPA of 2.000 in all French coursework.

Graduation requirements for the French minor consist of completion of two 200-level courses and four 300- or 400-level courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000. 

Academic Advice

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the 200-level through the 400-level courses is necessary for successful completion of the minor.

Transfer Credit Policy

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to facilitate transfer from one SUNY campus to another (including UB). SUNY has identified courses which SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and promote timely graduation. Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY website. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to learn how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Residency Requirement

The department’s residency requirement stipulates that at least 50% of required credits for a major or minor be completed via French courses taken on campus. Thus a maximum of 50% of credits earned by exams (AP, IB, etc.) or transfer courses or study abroad may count toward French requirements, although this restriction does not prevent counting them as general electives towards UB’s 120 credit hour graduation requirement. The following chart explains the credit breakdown:

Total Credits RequiredTotal credits taken on campus to fulfill residency requirement
Regular major 36 18
Joint Major 2715
Minor 18 9

Prerequisite Courses

FR 151-FR 152 (unless these are waived by the department on the basis of placement results)

Required Courses

Two 200-level courses from among the following:

  • 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

All three of the courses listed below:
FR 301 Survey of French Literature I
FR 302 Survey of French Literature II
FR 343 Advanced Grammar and Composition (which also fulfills the Communication Literacy / CL2 requirement)

One 300- or 400-level elective

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.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the French Minor
Required Courses18
Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate** 24

**These totals may vary depending on the level at which the student begins study at UB. Students demonstrably prepared to begin at the 200 level are deemed to have satisfied the prerequisites, and for them the total credits required for the minor are thus 18 rather than 24.

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

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

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Oct 13, 2021 11:06:15