Courses

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.

Winter 2020: Language Courses

French 1. Elementary French

Instructor: Kimberly Jansma, Varies

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

French 2. Elementary French

Instructor: Kimberly Jansma

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

French 3. Elementary French

Instructor: Kimberly Jansma

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

French 4. Intermediate French

Instructor: Laurence Denié-Higney, Kimberly Jansma

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

French 5. Intermediate French

Instructor: Laurence Denié-Higney, Kimberly Jansma, Elsa Duval

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

French 6. Intermediate French

Instructor: Laurence Denié-Higney, Kimberly Jansma

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

French 101. Advanced Expository Writing: Techniques of Argumentation

Instructor: Kimberly Jansma

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 100. Study of rhetorical devices and revision of related grammatical structures. Writing assignments follow analysis of relevant texts. P/NP or letter grading.

French 104. Theory and Correction of Diction

Instructor: Kimberly Jansma

Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 6. Study of individual sounds (vowels, consonants, and semi-vowels), including rhythm, intonation, and phrasing, and of learning sound–spelling correspondences to help sight read accurately. Thorough study of symbols of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to give students tools to work on pronunciation systematically. Standard French serves as model, with examination of pronunciation changes and various dialects that are spoken in Francophone world to improve listening comprehension and pronunciation. P/NP or letter grading.

French 107. Advanced Oral Expression

Instructor: Kimberly Jansma

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 6. FR107 is designed to improve your French oral fluency. Successful communication in French entails not only linguistic accuracy, but your ability to discuss topics of interest to French speakers and to understand fluent French speech. In this course, you will improve your presentational and conversational language as well as your listening comprehension. P/NP or letter grading.

Winter 2020: Courses in English

French 14. Introduction to French Culture and Civilization in English

Instructor: Ariane Helou

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

Instructor: Malina Stefanovska

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.

Winter 2020: Courses in French

French 100. Written Expression: Techniques of Description and Narration

Instructor: Ariane Helou

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 6. Writing assignments follow close analysis of relevant texts, film, and related grammatical structures. Examination of vocabulary and structures associated with descriptive writing and French verb tense system required for narration. P/NP or letter grading.

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

Instructor: Malina Stefanovska

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 119. Studies in 19th-Century French Culture and Literature

Instructor: Cécile Guédon

Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 5. Taught in French. Study of 19th-century French culture and literature, including Romanticism, generation of 1848, naturalism and symbolism, and genres and trends from 1885 through World War I. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.

French 120. Studies in 20th-Century French Culture and Literature

Instructor: Alain Mabanckou

Lecture, three hours. Taught in French. Study of 20th-century French culture and literature, including early 20th-century writers, surrealism, literature from 1915 to 1945, post-World War II literature, existentialism, new novel, theater, and poetry. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.

Winter 2020: 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 215. Studies in Middle Ages

Instructor: Zrinka Stahuljak

Seminar, three hours. Examination of nature of cross-cultural, crosslinguistic, and cross-confessional exchange in medieval and early modern periods and France’s role in it. S/U or letter grading.