In order to be accepted into the French major, joint major, or minor, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 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 2.5 in all French coursework.
Graduation requirements for the French major (and the double major) consist of completion of two 200-level courses and ten 300- or 400-level courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Students who wish to complete most of the requirements of a major in two distinct but related fields may choose to do a joint major. The French half of a joint major requires completion of two 200-level courses and seven 300- or 400-level courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. 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.
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the 200-level through the 400-level courses is necessary for successful completion of the minor.
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.
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|
FR 151-FR 152 (unless these are waived by the department on the basis of placement results)
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.
|Required Courses ||18|
|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.
See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.