Courses Offered Next Quarter

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.

Spring 2018: Language Courses

French 1. Elementary French

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, five hours. P/NP or letter grading.

French 2. Elementary French

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, five hours. Enforced requisite: course 1 with grade of C- or better. P/NP or letter grading.

French 3. Elementary French

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, five hours. Enforced requisite: course 2 with grade of C- or better. P/NP or letter grading.

French 4. Intermediate French

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, four hours. Enforced requisite: course 3 with grade of C- or better. P/NP or letter grading.

French 5. Intermediate French

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, four hours. Enforced requisite: course 4 with grade of C- or better. P/NP or letter grading.

French 6. Intermediate French

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, four hours. Enforced requisite: course 5 with grade of C- or better. P/NP or letter grading.

French 105. Structure of French

Instructor: Kimberly Jansma

Lecture, three hours. Prior background in linguistics not required. Introduction to linguistic analysis of French in areas of phonology, morphology, syntax, and language variation. P/NP or letter grading.

French 109. Language and Communication in Business French

Instructor: Laurence Denié-Higney

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 6. Oral and written communication in commercial arena, including transactions, banking, education, job search, correspondence, and management. P/NP or letter grading.

Spring 2018: Courses in English

French 98TB. Memory, Violence, and Genocide

Instructor: Lia Brozgal

Seminar, three hours. Requisite: satisfaction of Entry-Level Writing requirement. Freshmen/sophomores preferred. Development of techniques of literary and film analysis to interrogate ways in which writers and filmmakers remember violent historical events. These events include Holocaust, indentured servitude in Mauritius, and Rwandan genocide. Letter grading.

French 142. Francophone Cinema

Instructor: Dominic Thomas

Lecture, three hours. Study of Francophone (Africa, Caribbean, postcolonial communities in France) cinema and cinematographers in generic, thematic, and sociocultural aspects. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.

French 167. French and Francophone Intellectual History in Translation

Instructor: Malina Stefanovska

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

Spring 2018: Courses in French

French 191B. Variable Topics Research Seminars: French: Literary Animal

Instructor: Ariane Helou

Seminar, three hours. Taught in French. Research seminars on topics to be announced each term. Topics include major writers, genres, cultural movements, or theoretical practices. Reading, discussion, and development of culminating project. May be repeated for credit with consent of major adviser. P/NP or letter grading.

Students read literary texts that feature nonhuman animals at their narrative centers. Exploration of what these literary animals can teach about relationships between human and nonhuman, and between self and other. Consideration of how nonhuman animals function in these texts as literary tropes, symbols, and narrative engines. Scope is trans-historical (Middle Ages to 21st century) and multi-genre (poetry, short fiction, essay). Includes discussion, and development of culminating project. Taught in French.

French 100. Written Expression: Techniques of Description and Narration

Instructor: Ariane Helou

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.

French 101. Advanced Expository Writing: Techniques of Argumentation

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 100. 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.

French 114A. Survey of French Literature: Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Instructor: Jean-Claude Carron

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 12. Masterpieces of medieval and Renaissance literature, including examples of epic (“La Chanson de Roland”), romance (Chrétien de Troyes’ “Yvain”), and Renaissance prose and poetry (including Marot, Du Bellay, Ronsard, Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, and Montaigne). P/NP or letter grading.

French 137. French and Francophone Intellectual History

Instructor: Jean-Claude Carron

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 12 or 100. Taught in French. Exploration of themes that address particular problem of French literature, civilization, or ideas. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.

French 191B. Variable Topics Research Seminars: French

Instructor: Varies

Seminar, three hours. Taught in French. Research seminars on topics to be announced each term. Topics include major writers, genres, cultural movements, or theoretical practices. Reading, discussion, and development of culminating project. May be repeated for credit with consent of major adviser. P/NP or letter grading.

Spring 2018: Graduate Courses

French 203. Contemporary Francophone Literature

Instructor: Alain Mabanckou

Lecture, three hours. Study of Francophone African, Caribbean, Vietnamese, or Quebec literatures and cultures, with specific attention to issues of cultural contact, language, colonialism, anticolonialism, nationalism, resistance and dissidence, and postcolonial theory. S/U or letter grading.

French 207. Studies in History of Ideas

Instructor: Laure Murat

Seminar, three hours. Particular problems in French literature and ideas. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.