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

  • Matthew Nguyen

    I signed up for my first French class because of my admiration for Francophone culture, and looking back, it was one of the best decisions I made at UCLA. The French department is filled with teaching assistants who are committed to teaching language. They present the language in a multitude... 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 98TB. Memory, Violence, and Genocide

    Instructor: Lia Brozgal

    How can we define individual and collective memory? How do authors of fiction "remember" violent historical events? From literature to film to graphic

  • French 142. Francophone Cinema

    Instructor: Dominic Thomas

    Study of Francophone (Africa, Caribbean, postcolonial communities in France) cinema and cinematographers in generic, thematic, and sociocultural aspec

  • French 167. French and Francophone Intellectual History in Translation

    Instructor: Malina Stefanovska

    Readings of French and Francophone writers, historians, and thinkers. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.

  • French 109. Language and Communication in Business French

    Instructor: Laurence Denié-Higney

    Oral and written communication in commercial arena, including transactions, banking, education, job search, correspondence, and management. P/NP or le