French

the Moulin Rouge, Paris

Bonjour!

With over 220 million speakers worldwide, French is the sixth most common spoken language. It is an official language in 29 countries, ranging from Switzerland, Morocco and Senegal to Haiti, Vietnam and Canada--our biggest trading partner and only a 20-minute drive from campus. French is also one of the  six working languages of the United Nations, one of three procedural languages of the European Union, and the sole language used for the deliberations of the EU’s Court of Justice. 

France supports one of the world’s premier research institutions, the Centre national de recherche scientifique, and has produced some of history’s leading mathematicians, among them Blaise Pascal, Pierre de Fermat and Pierre-Simon Laplace. France is esteemed for its profusion of artistic and cultural monuments, commerce and industry and its leadership in scientific fields ranging from oceanography to aerospace engineering.

The centuries-old relationship of anglophone and francophone cultures is manifest in a rich common heritage. Some 30% of English words are of French origin, and the artistic, literary and philosophical ties between France and English-speaking countries are countless.

Did You Know?

The permanent collection of Buffalo’s Albright Knox Gallery has a wealth of modern French paintings by such artists as Gauguin, Renoir, Van Gogh, Rousseau and Delaunay.

Academics

The RLL French program offers training in the spoken and written language through small, highly interactive classes. Texts, films and special events showcase the literatures and cultures of French-speaking world regions both past and present. French students are strongly encouraged to study abroad for a summer, a semester, or a full year. UB and SUNY offer quality, affordable travel options throughout France as well as in Quebec, Senegal, Morocco and Switzerland.

Undergraduate students (major or minor) may fulfill the UB Curriculum Global Pathway: Language and Culture Track in French by starting at their current level of proficiency, from introductory to advanced intermediate (course names begin with FR), and taking nine credit hours. Graduate students may pursue master's and doctoral degrees in one of three concentrations: French Literature, Francophone Literature or French Linguistics. 

Québec Studies Program

Both undergraduate and graduate students of French can benefit from UB’s unique Québec Studies Program. Through French study at UB, students discover the source language of some 45% of all English words, and can explore the Encyclopédie, medieval French interactions with the Islamic world, the cinema of Québec and Senegal, the novels of Flaubert and Proust, and modern philosophy and theory.

French and Francophone Literature and Culture Faculty

Christian Flaugh

933 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0879

cflaugh@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences

Scholarly Interests: Francophone and Caribbean studies; Disability studies; Gender and queer studies; Performance studies; Embodied practices and bodily subjectivity; Aesthetics and ethics of subversion and humanness

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933 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0879

cflaugh@buffalo.edu

Amy Graves Monroe

931 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0880

acgraves@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences

Scholarly Interests: Wars of Religion; Print Culture and History of the Book; Early Modern Philosophy and Political Thought; Satire and Irony; Intellectual History and Literary Theory

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931 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0880

acgraves@buffalo.edu

Maureen Jameson

901 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0860

jameson@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences

Scholarly Interests: 19th, 20th and 21st century French literature and society; Digital Humanities; French history; Cognitive Science; Science and society

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901 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0860

jameson@buffalo.edu

Fernanda Negrete

921 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2244

fnegrete@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences

Scholarly Interests: Sexuality, Desire, Language, Body and Creation; Literature and Contemporary Music; Desire in a Post-1960s Global Female Avant-Garde; Subjectivity After Representation and Radical Aesthetics

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921 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2244

fnegrete@buffalo.edu

Jean-Jacques Thomas

Office: 907 Clemens Hall

Seminar room: 902 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0862

tii2@msn.com

UB Distinguished Professor
Melodia E. Jones Endowed Chair in French
Professor in Romance Languages and Literatures
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences
Affiliated Faculty
Department of Comparative Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Affiliated Faculty, Poetics Program
Department of English
College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Director, Canadian Studies Program
Department of Transnational Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

Scholarly Interests: Poetry and Poetics; Formal Plasticity; Linguistics; Semiotics; 19th and 20th century French literature, culture and film; European Modernism; Quebec and Canadian Studies; Francophonie in North America

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Office: 907 Clemens Hall

Seminar room: 902 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0862

tii2@msn.com