The UCLA Department of French & Francophone Studies offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in English and French. For information about specific section times and locations please view the UCLA Schedule of Classes.
For a complete listing and description of department courses visit the UCLA General Catalog.
French Courses for Non-Majors
Interested students with adequate language background who do not major in French will find, in the undergraduate program of the Department of French, a spectrum of courses to suit individual interests or program requirements. Thus, each year a large number of students elect to enroll in those courses which are designed to refine linguistic skills: conversation, diction, phonetics, composition, or translation. Other students choose to develop their personal interest in French culture and literature by taking upper-division courses in linguistics, culture/civilization, surveys of literature, or more focused seminars. Students with no background in the French language may wish to enroll in Lower Division courses carrying General Education credits, such as French 14 (Introduction to French Civilization); French 41 (French Cinema), or French 16 (Society and Self) or in offerings from the Upper Division series “Courses in Translation.” A number of additional Lower and advanced Upper Division courses are also offered in English with the assigned readings in English translation. They are followed by the letter E in the Catalog.
Fall 2017: Language Courses
French 1. Elementary French
Lecture, five hours. P/NP or letter grading.
French 1G. Elementary French for Graduate Students
Lecture, three hours. Preparation for GSFLT or other language examinations. Passing grade does not imply satisfaction of language requirements. S/U grading.
French 100. Written Expression: Techniques of Description and Narration
Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 6. 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 explanatory as well as argumentative essays. You will learn how to grab your reader’s interest, how to defend an argument, and how to properly conclude a text. We will read texts about contemporary issues to examine how the author presents his/her ideas, and how he/she defends them. We will review specific grammar structures to help you refine your writing. P/NP or letter grading.
Fall 2017: Courses in English
French 12. Introduction to Study of French and Francophone Literature
Lecture, two hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 6. Principles of literary analysis as applied to selected texts in poetry, theater, and prose by French and Francophone writers. P/NP or letter grading.
French 14. Introduction to French Culture and Civilization in English
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 14W. Study of contemporary French institutions and issues in cultural, political, and socioeconomic realms. P/NP or letter grading.
French 16. Society And Self in Early Modern France
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Role of religion, politics, and sociability in constructing self and understanding its relation with society in early modern France. Development of students’ critical thought and knowledge of French and European intellectual tradition. P/NP or letter grading.
French 41. French Cinema and Culture
Lecture/screenings, five hours; discussion, one hour. Introduction to French culture and literature through study of films of cultural and literary significance. P/NP or letter grading.
French 164. French and Francophone Novel in Translation
Lecture, three hours. Study of French novels. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.
Fall 2017: Courses in French
French 114B. Survey of French Literature: 17th and 18th Centuries
Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 12. Study of selections from major works of classicism and Enlightenment, including those by Racine, Pascal, La Fayette, La Fontaine, Laclos, Diderot, Voltaire, and Rousseau. P/NP or letter grading.
French 117. Studies in 17th-Century French Culture and Literature
Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 5. Taught in French. Study of 17th-century French culture and literature, including theater, philosophers, moralists, novelists, and cultural, political, social, religious, and courtly aspects. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.
French 131. French and Francophone Theater
Lecture, three hours. Taught in French. Through plays of 20th century, analysis of struggles of individuals and social groups in contexts that are historical, political, philosophical (existentialism, absurd), and cultural (colonialism and conformism). P/NP or letter grading.
French 132. French and Francophone Poetry
Lecture, three hours. Taught in French. Study of history of French and Francophone poetry and readings of major poets from 16th to 20th century. P/NP or letter grading.
French 133. French and Francophone Short Story
Lecture, three hours. Taught in French. Survey of short fiction forms in France and Francophone world. P/NP or letter grading.
Fall 2017: Graduate Courses
French 205. Studies in Cinema and Literature
(Formerly numbered 205A.) Lecture, three hours. Discussion of selected topics in French and Francophone cinema and literature. S/U or letter grading.
French 217. 17th Century
Lecture, three hours. Readings in 17th-century literature studied within historical, cultural, and literary contexts. S/U or letter grading.
French 375. Teaching Apprentice Practicum
Seminar, to be arranged. Preparation: apprentice personnel employment as teaching assistant, associate, or fellow. Teaching apprenticeship under active guidance and supervision of regular faculty member responsible for curriculum and instruction at UCLA. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.
French 495. Teaching French at College Level
Seminar, three hours; discussion, one hour. Designed for graduate students. Theory and practice of language teaching. S/U grading.
French 596. Directed Individual Studies or Research
Tutorial, to be arranged. S/U or letter grading.