2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

French (FR)

Romance Languages & Literatures

910 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4620
Ph: 716-645-2191
F: 716-645-5981
W: rll.buffalo.edu
Dr. Elizabeth Scarlett
Chair
Dr. Maureen Jameson
Director of Undergraduate Studies

The Learning Environment

French courses are taught in the target language from the first day of the first class. Every session is highly interactive, with students encouraged to speak several times, both spontaneously and when called on. In introductory classes, instructors model usage and pronunciation and the class repeats and practices until the new pattern is learned. As students move through the curriculum, their participation evolves; students perform original skits as well as scenes from established dramatic works, and in advanced classes they present their research findings to the class and respond to feedback, all in the target language. The RLL curriculum emphasizes language mastery as well as the development of analytical skill, literary analysis, and cultural knowledge. Current events, whether in Marseilles or Mexico City or Quebec or Rome, are a focus throughout the curriculum. Courses are small in size. Graduate teaching assistants or adjunct faculty staff most 100-level and some 200-level classes, and regular faculty staff virtually all 300- and 400-level courses.

About Our Facilities

RLL recently updated its departmental classroom to provide state-of-the-art audio visual technology for classroom presentations, lectures and films. The department also has a Québec Studies seminar room with specially dedicated materials and equipment available to support film study. A spacious conference room serves for meetings and oral exams. All regular classrooms are equipped with up-to-date computing and display technology and are linked by a T1 connection to the Internet. Secure wifi is ubiquitous on campus.

About Our Faculty

The breadth of faculty specializations in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and a pan-Romance model make for an actively interdisciplinary research and teaching agenda which promotes linguistic, literary, cultural, and visual literacies. We have emerging interests in Catalan and Portuguese, with cross-disciplinary strengths in Iberian and Latin American Studies, Francophone Canadian, Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Studies, Early Modern Studies, as well as Cultural, Postcolonial, Gender, Disability, and Urban and Landscape Studies, in addition to Poetry, Theater and Performance, Film, and Romance Linguistics. RLL faculty contribute to interdisciplinary initiatives such as UB’s Humanities Institute, the Gender Institute, the Early Modern Reading Group, Poetics and Canadian Studies.

RLL graduate students are productive and high achieving. They have successfully competed for UB Presidential scholarships; been short-listed for Fulbright and Ford fellowships; received CAS and Humanities Institute dissertation writing grants; had papers accepted in major disciplinary conferences, and articles accepted for publication at peer-reviewed journals. They organize an annual conference and publish its proceedings.

Full time tenured/tenure track RLL faculty: 16
Teaching assistants: 19
Adjunct faculty: 8

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Romance Languages and Literatures department website for additional information about our faculty.

FR Courses


  • FR 101LEC Elementary French 1st Semester
    Lecture

    Language as heard and spoken; development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing; five class hours weekly plus regular drill with language recordings.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: Score of 0-100 on WebCAPE French Exam. For information visit: https://arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/romance-languages-literatures/undergraduate/intro-language-courses/language-placement.html.
  • FR 102LEC Elementary French 2nd Semester
    Lecture

    Language as heard and spoken; development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing; five class hours weekly plus regular drill with language recordings.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: FR 101
  • FR 104LEC Transitional Elementary French
    Lecture

    One-semester review course designed for students who have taken the Regents exams, but who are not yet able to go into the second year of language study. Involves development of all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and, to some extent, writing), emphasizing the grammatical structures and vocabulary fundamental to simple, everyday conversation.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: Score of 101-199 on WebCAPE French Exam. For information visit: https://arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/romance-languages-literatures/undergraduate/intro-language-courses/language-placement.html.
  • FR 151LEC Intermediate French 1st Semester
    Lecture

    Continuing study of the language, includes a brief review of basic elements and the introduction and practice of more precise linguistic features. Students further their listening and speaking skills through in-class activities, as well as independent work with sound files. Also develops students' reading and writing skills through the use of literary and cultural texts.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Score of 200-299 on WebCAPE French Exam. For information visit: https://arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/romance-languages-literatures/undergraduate/intro-language-courses/language-placement.html.
  • FR 151REC Intermediate French I
    Recitation

    French 151 REC expands on the language skills mastered in FR 101 and 102 or 104. There will be a review of basic and complex grammatical and pronunciation patterns, intensive vocabulary expansion through literary and non-literary readings, and extensive conversation practice. FR 151 REC provides further in-depth practice of the language skills developed in FR 151 LEC. There will be extensive reading, writing and conversation practice.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: FR 104 or FR 102
    Corequisites: FR 151LEC
  • FR 152LEC Intermediate French 2nd Semester
    Lecture

    Continuing study of the language, including briefly reviewing basic elements and the introduction and practice of more precise linguistic features. Students further their listening and speaking skills through in-class activities, as well as independent work with sound files. Also develops students' reading and writing skills through the use of literary and cultural texts.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: FR 151 or Score of 300-399 on WebCAPE French Exam. For information visit: https://arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/romance-languages-literatures/undergraduate/intro-language-courses/language-placement.html.
  • FR 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • FR 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • FR 211LEC Languages, Texts, and Contexts of the French-Speaking World I
    Lecture

    This course is part of the FR 211-FR 213 three-course module: these three courses can be taken in any order, they do not need to be taken sequentially. This particular course enriches specific intermediate-level skills for more advanced use: it targets description (people, objects, places), summary and narration of events in all time frames, and articulation and defense of an opinion in conversation and debate. Course goals are achieved through public speaking as well as reading, discussion and written analysis of texts like narrative prose, poetry, and also film from the French-speaking world.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Other Requisites: FR 151 & 152 recommended, or Score of 400-499 on WebCAPE French Exam, or permission of the department. For information visit: https://arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/romance-languages-literatures/undergraduate/intro-language-courses/language-placement.html
  • FR 212LEC Languages, Texts, and Contexts of the French-Speaking World II
    Lecture

    This course is part of the FR 211-FR 213 three-course module: these three courses can be taken in any order, they do not need to be taken sequentially. This particular course enriches specific intermediate-level skills for more advanced use: hypothesizing, navigation of uncertainty, and the perception and expression of both objectivity and subjectivity. Course goals are achieved through reading, discussion, and written analysis of texts like plays, films, music, interviews, and performances from the French-speaking world, as well as through debates and staged readings.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Other Requisites: FR 151 & 152 recommended, or Score of 400-499 on WebCAPE French Exam, or permission of the department. For information visit: https://arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/romance-languages-literatures/undergraduate/intro-language-courses/language-placement.html
  • FR 213LEC Languages, Texts, and Contexts of the French-Speaking World III
    Lecture

    This course is part of the FR 211-FR 213 three-course module: these three courses can be taken in any order, they do not need to be taken sequentially. This particular course enriches specific intermediate-level skills for more advanced use: it focuses on investigating, persuading, and argumentation. It allows students to practice the forms of discourse necessary for defense and justification at the same time that it encourages critical thinking by scrutinizing and analyzing modes of persuasion intended to manipulate and evade. Course goals are achieved through the study of texts like essays, novels, films, and performances coming from various social contexts of French-language cultures as well as through the honing of written and verbal skills of inquiry, research analysis and synthesis necessary for exploring texts and their contexts.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Other Requisites: FR 151 & 152 recommended, or Score of 400-499 on WebCAPE French Exam, or permission of the department. For information visit: https://arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/romance-languages-literatures/undergraduate/intro-language-courses/language-placement.html
  • FR 270LEC Intermediate Conversation
    Lecture

    For majors and nonmajors who wish to enhance their spoken French by intensive listening and speaking activities. No credit toward French major. Develops understanding and speaking ability, and knowledge of contemporary France.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • FR 271LEC Business French
    Lecture

    Builds on the language proficiency acquired in 100-level French courses by introducing students to the vocabulary, idiom, and social conventions they must master to function in a business setting in the French-speaking world. Expects students to demonstrate proficiency both in the language skills taught in the course and in knowledge of the European and non-European business context. Among the anticipated assignments are oral comprehension exercises based on French news broadcasts, drafting of several business letters in French, and short business-related papers. No credit toward French major.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • FR 301LEC Survey of French Literature I
    Lecture

    Introduces students to major currents of French literature and thought in selected readings from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Classical period, and Enlightenment. The study of epic (La Chanson de Roland), romance (Yvain ou le chevalier au lion), autobiographical writing (Montaigne's Essais), classical tragedy and comedy (Racine and Molière), the novel (La Princesse de Clèves and Candide), philosophical writing (selections from Descartes, Pascal, and Rousseau), and poetry (selections from Charles d'Orléans, Villon, Du Bellay, and Ronsard) emphasizes both literary and philosophical traditions, as well as textual interpretation.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: FR 211 or FR 212 or FR 213 or FR 271 or FR 270. Taught in French.
  • FR 302LEC Survey of French Literature II
    Lecture

    Acquaints students with the intersection of world civilizations in French language spaces from 1789 to contemporary times, through the close study of literary, cultural, and historical transformations. Situates texts and authors within and across contexts and movements such as: revolution, romanticism, orientalism, realism, the avant-garde, surrealism, Negritude, existentialism, the nouveau roman, decolonization, litt?rature-monde, and the production of citizenship. Writers may include Claire de Duras, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, Honor? de Balzac, Charles Baudelaire, Alfred Jarry, Colette, Jean-Paul Sartre, L?opold S?dar Senghor, Marguerite Duras, Arianne Mnouchkine, Maryse Cond?, and Leila Sebbar. Emphasizes and analyzes such questions through class discussion, research, presentations, performance, and written work. This course is in French.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: FR 211 or FR 212 or FR 213 or FR 271 or FR 270. Taught in French.
  • FR 305LEC Reading French Historians
    Lecture

    Writings of selected French historians (e.g., Michelet, Thierry, Voltaire) or memorialists (e.g. Saint-Simon) in order to highlight rhetorical strategies to explore the linguistic context of historical writing. Taught in French.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: FR 211 or FR 212 or FR 213 or FR 271 or FR 270. Taught in French.
  • FR 328LEC Theatre and Revolution
    Lecture

    This course will explore the various connections between theatre and revolution in the modern era. Specifically it will examine how the concepts of theatre and revolution mutually inform each other in the written and staged work of playwrights and performers. The course may focus on one particular period or world region or it may explore works more broadly. Sample texts could include: Beaumarchais' Le mariage de Figaro, Beckett's En attendant Godot, Jarry's Ubu roi, Liking's Singu? mura, Mouawad's Incendies, or Tremblay's Les belles-soeurs. This course is in French.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: FR 211 or FR 212 or FR 213 or FR 271 or FR 270. Taught in French.
  • FR 331LEC Pre-Romanticism and Romanticism
    Lecture

    Begins with the study of Madame de Stael's De l'Allemagne and Châteaubriand's René and Atala for a sense of the origins of French Romanticism. The study of texts by Stendhal, Balzac, and Hugo focuses on the Romantic search for inspiration in the subject's emotional life, in exotic settings, and in the wealth of national legend.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: FR 211 or FR 212 or FR 213 or FR 271 or FR 270. Taught in French.
  • FR 334LEC Poetry From Baudelaire to Surrealism
    Lecture

    Surveys French poetry from 1857 - date of the publication of Les Fleurs du mal - to the years immediately following World War II when surrealism is on the decline. A series of schools, movements, and tendencies that constitute the historical frame of reference for the course characterizes the period, in which the works of poets who dominated the period are particularly emphasized.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: FR 211 or FR 212 or FR 213 or FR 271 or FR 270. Taught in French.
  • FR 337LEC 20c Novel
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: FR 211 or FR 212 or FR 213 or FR 271 or FR 270. Taught in French.
  • FR 338LEC Women Writers of Francophone Africa
    Lecture

    Explores feminine writing - écriture féminine - as it has developed starting in the late 1970s in Francophone Africa. Focuses upon the differences between the concerns and themes voiced by African women writers and those raised by their male counterparts. Issues include religion, marriage, polygamy, education, the workplace, urban and rural life, love, and family life.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: FR 211 or FR 212 or FR 213 or FR 271 or FR 270. Taught in French.
  • FR 339LEC Literature & Culture in Quebec
    Lecture

    Quebec and the Francophone areas of the New World will be studied both locally and globally so as to study it as a diverse and complex macrocosm of varied cultural interests and identities. Special emphasis will be given to literature, arts, performing arts, film and the Francophone video culture (In English).

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: FR 211 or FR 212 or FR 213 or FR 271 or FR 270. Taught in French.
  • FR 341LEC Topics in French Film
    Lecture

    Examines the works of some of the major movie directors of France since WWII. First Carné, Ophuls, Cocteau, then the directors of the "Nouvelle Vague": Truffaut, Resnais, Duras, Goddard. The last part of the course is devoted to a selection of more recent works, such as Au Revoir les Enfants, Ridicule, and Tous les Matins du Monde.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: FR 211 or FR 212 or FR 213 or FR 271 or FR 270. Taught in French.
  • FR 343LEC Advanced Communication for Students of French
    Lecture

    This course functions as a workshop where students strengthen knowledge and skills necessary for communication in fields and world regions where the French language is used. They learn to apply productive communicative processes (including revision) necessary for written work and presentations, describe the conventions they use, and make effective arguments in varied contexts. Students also refine their use of French and they cultivate a heightened sense of cross-cultural awareness. Similarly they reflect on the usefulness of communication technologies (including formal writing) as tools for critical thought while they learn to use the language more carefully and purposefully. By the end of the course, students will be more thoroughly prepared to communicate, including in French, as well as articulate their own relationship to various genres, registers, and forms of communication. At least 75% of the class involves work in French

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: FR 211 or FR 212 or FR 213 or FR 271 or FR 270. Taught in French.
  • FR 345LEC Phonetics
    Lecture

    The course assists students improve oral proficiency in French, gain more confidence to express themselves orally in French, and achieve a sufficient level of analytical understanding of physiological, physical and social mechanisms that govern an outstanding competence in oral French. Four key aspects of oral practice (phonetics / phonology) will be addressed: pronunciation of vowels; pronunciation of consonants; phonological links and chains; and French oral prosody (tone, stress accent, etc.) Because of its emphasis on pronunciation, the course is particularly relevant for students who want to specialize in French teaching at the High School level, and provides excellent educational training for basic problems related to oral proficiency in French.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: FR 211 or FR 212 or FR 213 or FR 271 or FR 270. Taught in French.
  • FR 349LEC Stylistics and Translation
    Lecture

    Introduces the objectives, techniques, and difficulties of translation to and from French. At the theoretical level, and through a number of explications de texte, students reflect on such issues as the distinction between an author and a narrator, the 'voice'in a text, textual 'ntentions'vs. reader response. In practical terms, weekly translations of selected short texts should foster the development of respect for the linguistic, stylistic, and occasional cultural differences between English and French.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: FR 211 or FR 212 or FR 213 or FR 271 or FR 270. Taught in French.
  • FR 350LEC Modern French Short Story
    Lecture

    Surveys a selection of modern French short stories sampling from French as well as Francophone writers and explores the means by which short stories achieve their effects within the restricted economy of the genre. Considers the stories both as narrative constructs and as reflections of the historical and cultural contexts in which they were written.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: FR 211 or FR 212 or FR 213 or FR 271 or FR 270. Taught in French.
  • FR 351LEC French Literature in English Translation
    Lecture

    Upper-level literature course offered to non-majors who have an interest in literature but little or no training in the language. Organized by topic, the course sometimes focuses on an author (e.g. Montaigne, Flaubert) and sometimes on critical perspectives (e.g. French feminism).

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: FR 211 or FR 212 or FR 213 or FR 271 or FR 270. Taught in French.
  • FR 355LEC Contemporary France
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: FR 211 or FR 212 or FR 213 or FR 271 or FR 270. Taught in French.
  • FR 362LEC Early Mod French Theatre
    Lecture

    Students will discover the theater of the early modern period by exploring the artistic and literary principles of theater, the esthetic conventions of Renaissance, Classical and Enlightenment dramaturgy, the evolution of historical performance spaces and stage d?cor, and the state of dance, music and spectacle during the period as they split into ballet, op?ra bouffe, and drama. Students will also stage performances in French to exercise their linguistic, interpretative and pronunciation skills in a performative public setting. Those performances will put into practice a newly acquired understanding of historical costuming, early modern music and dance, traditional stage spaces, and cultural/class expectations in Ancien R?gime France.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: FR 211 or FR 212 or FR 213 or FR 271 or FR 270. Taught in French.
  • FR 368LEC Modern World Drama
    Lecture

    This course will explore the various performance traditions that inform the production of drama throughout the francophone world. Works under study will come from the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries and from performers and playwrights originally from world regions such as Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe. The thought and the practice informing modern world drama will be explored through the close study of text and performance. This course is in French.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Pre-Reqs: FR 152 or FR 211 or FR 212 or FR 213 or FR 271 or FR 270. Taught in French.
  • FR 369LEC Civilization of France
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Pre-Reqs: FR 152 or FR 211 or FR 212 or FR 213 or FR 271 or FR 270. Taught in French.
  • FR 382LEC Intro Sec Lang Acq Theory
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Pre-Reqs: FR 152 or FR 211 or FR 212 or FR 213 or FR 271 or FR 270. Taught in French.
  • FR 383LEC Problems of the French Novel
    Lecture

    Examines the evolution of the narrative genre (centered on the novel with reference to a few short stories) from La Princesse de Clèves to the 'New Novel.' Offers a close reading of some of the major works of Mme de Lafayette, Prévost, Balzac, Stendhal, Aurevilly, Camus, and Claude Simon.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Pre-Reqs: FR 152 or FR 211 or FR 212 or FR 213 or FR 271 or FR 270. Taught in French.
  • FR 393TUT Study in Absentia
    Tutorial

    For students enrolled in the Study Abroad Program sponsored by the University at Buffalo (see Study Abroad section in this catalog).

    Credits: 1 - 16
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • FR 394TUT SUNY/B Program Abroad
    Tutorial

    Credits: 1 - 16
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • FR 404LEC Introduction to the Structure of Modern French
    Lecture

    Describes present-day French from a modern linguistic standpoint. Successively covers phonology, morphology, and syntax and lexical change to give the student a better understanding of the structure of French and a broader comprehension of the function of language in general. Weekly travaux pratiques enable students to apply the analytical theory to real language problems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • FR 417LEC Problems in Translation
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • FR 420LEC History of the French Language
    Lecture

    Acquaints students with the internal and technical linguistic changes that characterize the emergence of French from Latin, as well as the external and historic events that influence this development. Discusses the nature of language change, the development of dialects, and the emergence of national standards. Consists of two lectures and one discussion period per week involving linguistic problem sets and brief translations of early French texts.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • FR 429SEM Advanced Business French
    Seminar

    Seeks to familiarize students with the cultural and professional aspects of doing business in France. Topics include tariffs and quotas, the role of the EU and the euro, genetically modified foods, the environment, and globalization. Also covers French domestic issues, including the 35-hour work week, the strained retirement system, domestic political wrangling, the French press, and activist trade unions. This course also stresses practical skills such as business correspondence, how to read reports and other documents, how to follow the news (both written and televised) with full knowledge of its bias (national and political), and how to interview or give a business presentation.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • FR 453SEM African and Caribbean Literature
    Seminar

    This course covers works by modern writers from Africa, the greater Caribbean, and their interconnecting diasporas and transnational contexts. A close look at storytelling traditions, aesthetic conventions, philosophical movements, and socio-political transformations helps students understand the ways in which texts of varied genres are created. Students also compare works in order to tease out the differences and similarities in literature across African and Caribbean cultures. By the end of the course students can discuss what terms like Africa,Caribbean,Afro-Caribbean, diaspora, and transnational mean and how the contact of world cultures shape their contours. They also gain a more thorough comprehension of the thought, lived experience, and artistic expression that lead to the writing of African and Caribbean literature. This course is the same as TH 453, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • FR 470LEC Adv French Conversation
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • FR 475LEC Literature and Society
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • FR 480SEM Seminar for Majors
    Seminar

    Variable content.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • FR 481LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    This is a three-credit course with variable content.? Please check Department website for semester offerings, prerequisites, language of instruction, and other details.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • FR 481SEM Special Topics
    Seminar

    This is a three-credit course with variable content.? Please check Department website for semester offerings, prerequisites, language of instruction, and other details.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • FR 482SEM Special Topics
    Seminar

    This is a three-credit course with variable content.? Please check Department website for semester offerings, prerequisites, language of instruction, and other details.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • FR 483SEM Special Topics
    Seminar

    This is a three-credit course with variable content.? Please check Department website for semester offerings, prerequisites, language of instruction, and other details.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • FR 484SEM Special Topics
    Seminar

    This is a three-credit course with variable content.? Please check Department website for semester offerings, prerequisites, language of instruction, and other details.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • FR 486LEC Islam in France
    Lecture

    Survey of basic Muslim beliefs and practices, as well as its history with special emphasis on former French colonies in North and sub-Saharan Africa. Examines French colonialism, outlining its motivations, history and outcomes. Considers two key notions: first, French attitudes toward its immigrant populations as expressed through housing policies, educational attainment, citizenship laws, and other questions of how individuals and groups occupy public space; second, contrasts between the French approaches to immigration and those other European nations as well as the U.S. Some time will be devoted to the issue of hijab or veil since it functions as the presenting social issue that related religious expression on the one hand, with French public opinion on the other.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • FR 496TUT Internship/Practicum
    Tutorial

    Hands-on experience in language and cultural studies at institutions and community organizations in the Western New York area.

    Credits: 1 - 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • FR 498TUT Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity
    Tutorial

    Students collaborate with faculty research mentors on an ongoing faculty research project or conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member.

    Credits: 1 - 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • FR 499TUT Independent Study
    Tutorial

    Students who have demonstrated the ability to perform upper-level coursework may, on occasion, wish to research a topic not available through regular course offerings. Such students may, with permission of a supervising faculty member and the director of undergraduate studies, enroll in FR 499.

    Credits: 1 - 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Romance Languages & Literatures

910 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4620
Ph: 716-645-2191
F: 716-645-5981
W: rll.buffalo.edu
Dr. Elizabeth Scarlett
Chair
Dr. Maureen Jameson
Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Published: May 25, 2018 08:14:31 AM