This program develops the ability to communicate in French and introduces students to the masterpieces of the literature of France and the most significant aspects of French and Francophone culture. Students are encouraged to study in France for a semester in an approved program.
This program also serves as a premajor for new students who wish to enter the French B.S. secondary education (7–12) program (0651). When students have successfully completed 30 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.5, they may apply for entrance to the French Education (7–12) program. Transfer students with more than 30 credit hours may apply when they have successfully completed two French courses at the 300- or 400-level. Applications are available in the departmental office.
124 Bishop Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5414
Fax: (716) 878-6730
Graduates of the language and literature program were hired as bilingual sales and customer service specialists and customs agents. Typical hiring firms include banks, pharmaceutical companies, software developers, consultants, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, the U.S. State Department, and nonprofit organizations.
Recent graduates have been hired by companies such as Fisher Price; Mentholatum; various law firms; local school districts, including Buffalo, Depew, Chautauqua, Fredonia, East Aurora, Lewiston-Porter, and Clarence; and school systems elsewhere in New York, California, and Nevada.
Intellectual Foundations Requirements 39–66 cr
Total Required Credit Hours in French 36 cr
A. Required Courses (18 cr)
FRE 301, FRE 302 French Conversation and Composition
FRE 306 The Civilization of France
FRE 307, FRE 308 Survey of French Literature
FRE 309 Survey of Nineteenth- and Twentieth Century French Literature
B. Electives Selected by Advisement (18 cr)
FRE 303 Translation
FRE 305 Phonetics and Orthography
FRE 331 French Literature in Translation1
FRE 341 Francophone Literature in Translation1
FRE 411 Studies in French Poetry
FRE 412 Studies in the French Novel
FRE 413 Studies in French Theater
FRE 415 Advanced Grammar and Composition
FRE 416 Advanced Conversation and Composition
FRE 417 Business French
FRE 496 Seminar I
FRE 497 Seminar II
1 These courses may be taken as a part of the French major only with the instructor’s permission and the chair’s permission, and only if all the work for the course is done in French.
All College Electives 18–45 cr
Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr