Majors Overview

All students planning to major in French are strongly encouraged to consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) for details concerning the Department's program for majors. Two Majors are offered: B.A. in French and B.A. in French and Linguistics. Both Majors lead to the Bachelor of Arts degree, which provides full preparation for those who go on to graduate studies.

Students interested in a French major should also be aware of the general regulations and requirements as described in the current UCLA General Catalog, the official and final reference as far as requirements and regulations are concerned.

All majors must have two years of the lower-division language sequence (up to French 6 or equivalent) and an Introduction to Literary Analysis (French 12), with additional requirements for the major in French and Linguistics (see below).

Majors Requirements

B.A. in French

The B.A. in French is available with specific areas of concentration: Plans I and II, as described below.

*Effective Fall 2012; B.A. in French (Plans I and II) is a Capstone major. Students enrolled in the Major prior to Fall 2012 have the option to change to the new requirements. Please meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies if interested in changing to the new major requirements.

You can choose one of the two plans offered by the department:

Plan I: French/Francophone Studies in Literature and Culture provides a course of study in culture, literature and specialized areas of language acquisition, such as business French or translation. You may specialize in culture, literature, or language. Or you may combine these areas of study to satisfy the requirement of seven upper-division courses, one of which may be taken outside of department, with approval from the DUS.

Prep for the major: French 1-6 (or equivalent); French 12.

Upper-division requirements: French 100, French 101, two from French 114 (choose from A, B, C), and French 191B (Senior Capstone requirement).

Upper-division electives: Six 100-level courses from French & Francophone Studies (with option to select one course from outside the department). One of the six electives may be taken outside the department with consent of the DUS.

Plan II: Interdisciplinary French/Francophone Studies situates French and Francophone studies in relation to other disciplines. To fulfill the requirement of eight upper-division courses, you may take up to four courses in related fields outside the department, in consultation with the DUS (a combination of fields such as history, art history, social sciences, political science, communication studies, to name just a few).

Prep for the major: French 1-6 (or equivalent); French 12.

Upper-division requirements: French 100, French 101, French 114 (choose from A, B, C), and French 191B (Senior Capstone requirement).

Upper-division electives:

  • Any four 100-level courses from French & Francophone Studies
  • Three courses in related areas to be selected from outside the department in consultation with the DUS

B.A. in French and Linguistics

(Current students can change their major catalog date to S15 but will need to report this to Student Affairs Officer, Kerry Allen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

This Major situates the study of French in the context of linguistics. In addition to the normal preparation for the major, students are required to take Linguistics 20, and complete the third term in one other foreign language. In this plan, you need seven upper-division courses, three to be selected from courses in the Department of French and Francophone Studies, and four courses from the Department of Linguistics.

Prep for the major: French 1-6 (or equivalent); French 12; Linguistics 20 and the third term in one other foreign language. Students normally take course 6 before undertaking course 12. Students who receive a grade of A in course 5 may enroll in course 12 concurrently with course 6, with consent of the instructor.

Upper-division requirements: French 100, French 101, French 104; French 114 (choose from A, B, C).

Upper-division electives:

  • Two of the following courses from French & Francophone Studies: 105, 107, 108, 109
  • One upper-division French & Francophone Studies elective
  • Linguistics 103, 110, 120A and 120B

If students' knowledge of French exceeds the preparation usually received in courses preparing for the major and if they demonstrate the requisite attainment in French 100 or 101, they may substitute for those courses in grammar and composition an equivalent number of upper division courses in the French Department in consultation with the DUS. All prospective French majors who are native or quasi-native speakers of French must see the adviser before beginning upper division work in the major.

A maximum of eight units of course 199 may be applied toward the elective requirements for the major if approved in advance by the DUS. Students may enroll in multiple 199 sections per quarter, but may not enroll in more than one section with the same instructor in any given quarter. Students must maintain a C average in upper division major courses in order to remain in any of the French majors. Coursework taken on a Passed/Not Passed basis is not acceptable in any area of the major program.

The Minor

Our minor offers an alternative to those who may not be able to double major but who would like to develop their studies in French. To pursue a minor, you must have completed French 6 or the equivalent. You must then take one of the following lower-division courses: Introduction to Literary Analysis (French 12); French Culture and Civilization (French 14); French Cinema and Culture (French 41); or French and Francophone Novel (French 60). You are also asked to select one course from our advanced composition series (100 or 101). Finally, you will choose four courses from our upper-division offerings in language, culture, criticism, history or literature. The minor consists of a total of five upper division courses. 20 units of courses should be exclusively dedicated to the Minor.

For additional information about the program and how to enroll, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Jean-Claude Carron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 Catalogue.