Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

French BA - Program Requirements

Romance Languages & Literatures

910 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4620
Dr. Elizabeth Scarlett
Dr. Maureen Jameson
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Completing the French BA Program

Academic Advice

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

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 Required Total credits taken on campus to fulfill residency requirement
Regular major 36 18
Joint Major 27 15
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)

Seven 300- or 400-level electives

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

Prerequisites**  6 
Required Courses  36 
Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate**  42 
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 31
Additional Credits Required for Electives 47
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

**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 major are thus 36 rather than 42, and the credits from electives should then add up to 53.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Curricular Plan / Degree Map

View the French BA Curricular Plan (PDF) which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

Published: November 17, 2017 09:58:35 AM