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French Undergraduate Program

French Studies offers a wide range of courses in language, literature, civilization, mass media, French press, French cinema as well as in business French. The program combines innovative and traditional approaches leading to teaching, graduate work or other career objectives requiring a comprehensive background in French Studies.

A French minor is available.

A number of courses of general interest, given in English and requiring no knowledge of French, are also regularly scheduled.


As of 3/24/11 the University at Albany’s president discontinued the French major. As a result students cannot declare a new major in French.

Students may individually request the creation of a
student-initiated interdisciplinary major in French. Interested students should contact a faculty member in the French Program to begin the process as soon as possible. Contact the LLC office at 442-4222 or 442-4100 if questions.


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Teaching, government service, translating, editing, interpreting, librarianship, international business and computer-related technologies are some of the traditional areas in which jobs are available to French majors. Any field of work that requires a broad liberal education, linguistic skill and a knowledge of French-speaking cultures will offer job opportunities for majors.

Special Programs and Opportunities

Various programs of study in France and Quebec for a year, a semester, or a summer are available. For more detailed information, contact the Office of International Education.

Certain courses prepare students for the Diplôme supérieur de français des affaires conferred by the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Paris. A recognized certification in business French, this exam is offered annually in late spring at UAlbany.

Opportunities to use French and to exchange ideas outside of class are provided through La Pause café, Le cercle français, lecture and film series, and other activities.

A French Dictée (dictation competition) is also held annually in spring.

Language Placement
How do I know what level French is for me?

Students wishing to enroll in French for the first time at the University at Albany must follow these guidelines in selecting the appropriate level:

A Fre 101 Students who have no previous experience with French or whose experience is the equivalent of less than one year of high school level French;

A Fre 102 Students who have completed one year of high school level French or its equivalent;

A Fre 221 Students who have completed two years of high school level French or its equivalent;

A Fre 222 Students who have completed three years of high school level French or its equivalent. These students should see the Undergraduate Adviser to discuss the possibility of majoring or minoring in French;

A Fre 301 Students who have completed four years of high school level French or its equivalent. These students should see the Undergraduate Adviser to discuss the possibility of majoring or minoring in French.


  1. Students may elect to enroll one level higher or lower than the level suggested by the above guidelines. Factors which could be taken into consideration in making this decision are: the length of time which has elapsed since last formal study of French; additional travel or home experience with the language; quality of previous program of study; grades earned (overall performance) in previous study. Note, however, that the Language Placement rules of the Undergraduate Bulletin state that A Fre 101 may not be taken for credit by students who have taken three years of high school French or passed the Regents examination within the last five years.
  2. Students who wish to be placed more than one level higher or lower than the placement suggested by these guidelines must have written permission from the Coordinator of the Language Sequence.
  3. Students who have completed A Fre 200L or A Fre 221L through the University in High School Program should enroll in A Fre 222L; students who have completed A Fre 210L or A Fre 222L should enroll in A Fre 301. 4) Students who have received Advanced Placement (AP) credit should see the Undergraduate Adviser to discuss their program of study.
  4. Students whose experience with French has not been primarily through organized study in an American high school setting should consult with the Coordinator of the Language Sequence or the Undergraduate Adviser for help in selecting an appropriate class.

Students are strongly encouraged to contact Professor Susan Blood if they feel they are in the wrong class or if they have any questions about placement. Decisions to change courses should be made no later than the first week of classes.

Degree Requirements for the Major and Minor in French

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General Program BA: a minimum of 36 credits above A Fre 222L. These include: 21 credits of core courses (A Fre 301, 341L or 341E, 306, 340Z, 355, 360, 440Z); 15 credits of elective courses at the 300 level and/or 400 level, including at least 6 credits at the 400 level.

A Fre 306, 355, and at least two 400-level courses must be taken in residence at the Albany campus. Credits earned through study abroad programs will not fulfill this requirement.

Examples of the order in which students might take classes toward achieving their major are available, including alternate pathways.

The French minor requires 18 credits, three in the core requirement, A Fre 341Z, and a minimum of 15 credits above A Fre 101 with a maximum of three credits in A Fre courses in English. Students minoring in French may also wish to consider study abroad opportunities.

Questions regarding the major or advisement should be addressed to Professor Susan Blood.

Honors Program in French

The honors program in French is designed to promote opportunities for advanced work to highly motivated, mature undergraduate majors and prepare them to do independent work. Students may apply for admission to the Honors Program after the beginning of the second semester of their sophomore year. To gain admission to the program students must have formally declared a major in French and have completed at least 12 credits toward their major, including A FRE 341 and 355. In addition, they must have an overall GPA of at least 3.25, and 3.50 in their major, both of which must be maintained in order to graduate with honors.

Students must complete a minimum of 40 credits, including a 4 credit Honors Thesis (A FRE 497) as well as the 36 credits normally required for the major. Of these 36 credits, 9 must be electives at the 400 level.

Honor Society

The French Program maintains a chapter (Zeta Gamma) of the national French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi. Pi Delta Phi's website states "The purpose of the Society is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literatures, to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world, and to stimulate and to encourage French and francophone cultural activities." The UAlbany faculty coordinator is Professor Cynthia Fox, PhD (

For membership in Pi Delta Phi, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Sophomore, Junior or Senior status
  2. Overall 2.8 cumulative average
  3. Overall 3.0 average in French
  4. at least 6 credits above the French 301-level.

Graduate students in French Studies with a GPA of 3.0 are also eligible.

Courses In French

For a complete listing and descriptions of French undergraduate courses offered at the University at Albany, please visit the online Undergraduate Bulletin for a listing of French courses.

Courses being currently offered in the program may be found on this website under Classes and Schedules.

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