About Us

The Department of French and Francophone Studies at UCLA is a major center for the study of the French language and of literatures, cultures, and civilizations of French expression throughout the world. French has for centuries been a major language of international culture, and the French literary and artistic tradition is of great historical significance. In recent decades, French critical thought has occupied a highly influential position in the theoretical discourse of the humanities and social sciences. The instructional programs of the department offer students the opportunity to achieve a well-rounded education and to pursue advanced research in a...

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Student Testimonials

  • Gina Grainda

    I began studying French when I was eleven years old and continued throughout high school. When I arrived at UCLA, I knew this was something I wanted to continue and the French department was so supportive of my goals. I am physiological science major with a French minor – an... Read more

Graduate Conferences

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Since 1996, Graduate Students in the Department have organized an Annual Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Conference with the participation of professors and graduate students from universities across the country. French and Francophone Studies Graduate Students have the opportunity to participate in the organization of this annual event.

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Le Cercle Francophone

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The UCLA French Club or “Cercle Francophone” meets regularly throughout the academic year. It offers a setting for informal interaction as well as providing a regular tutoring service for students seeking help on grammar and composition. Guest lecturers address topics of specific or general interest, and students organize activities such as lectures, film screenings, theatrical readings, job information sessions, business visits, and parties.

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Featured Courses

  • French 100. Written Expression: Techniques of Description and Narration

    Instructor: Ariane Helou

    In this course, you will develop your written skills in order to express yourself and argue a position in a clear and elegant style. You will write ex

  • French 117. Studies in 17th-Century French Culture and Literature

    Instructor: Sara Melzer

    Study of 17th-century French culture and literature, including theater, philosophers, moralists, novelists, and cultural, political, social, religious

  • French 132. French and Francophone Poetry

    Instructor: Alain Mabanckou

    Study of history of French and Francophone poetry and readings of major poets from 16th to 20th century. P/NP or letter grading.

  • French 164. French and Francophone Novel in Translation

    Instructor: Lia Brozgal

    Study of French novels. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.