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 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: , Elsa Duval

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

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 105. Structure of French

Instructor: Kimberly Jansma

This course is an introduction to French linguistics specifically and to Descriptive Linguistics in general.  We will examine the systematic characteristics of French, it’s phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax. We will also trace its history and look at how French is actually used throughout the francophone world. Why are there so many cognates between French and English?  Where does the strong French tendency to protect language traditions come from? How does the « mythical » view of the French language compare with everyday spoken French? These are some of the questions this course will address. FR 104 (Phonetics) is useful preparation, but no previous linguistics is required. Textes: Le Français dans tous les sens, Henriette Walter; Structure du Français Moderne, Pierre Léon & Parth Bhatt.

French 139. History of Paris

Instructor: Lia Brozgal

Paris: lieux et non-lieux de mémoire

Known for its culture, its monuments, and its museums, Paris is one of those world cities that has generated its own mythology. This class is interested in moving beyond the myth. Specifically, we will be looking at the ways that the city generates not only myths, but memories and narratives of experiences that have not always been recorded in official histories. And we will be particularly interested in those memories that are not readily available on the surface, but that require our excavation.

Taught in French, this course is divided into units. Types of “texts” we will be studying and interpreting include excerpts of novels, poetry, city documentation, websites, painting, film, song, even graffiti (Pierre Nora, Bernard Dadié, Abdelkader Djemaï, François Maspéro, Louis Malle, Julien Duvivier, Serge Gainsbourg, Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo). We will start out with some historical and theoretical principles to help us ground our reflection, and then we will move into more creative exercises of analysis. Over the course of the quarter, punctual written and oral exercises will build toward a final project, which will involve a “deep study” of a particular lieu de mémoire  parisien. All texts and films will be provided (no need to purchase books or course reader).

Spring 2020: Courses in English

There are no courses in English this quarter.

Spring 2020: Courses in French

French 12. Introduction to Study of French and Francophone Literature


Introduction à l’étude de la littérature française et francophone:

Le cours est divisé en trois parties (Poésie, Théâtre, Prose), qui représentent trois genres de littérature. Nous allons lire des textes choisis du XVIe au XXe siècle. Nous allons apprendre à lire et commenter les textes littéraires en français, en analysant leur structure, leurs figures de style et leur contexte historique.

French 109. French Business

Instructor: Laurence Denié-Higney

This course is intended to develop your communication skills both orally and written in a French business setting. You will learn to write a resume in French and an application letter. You will practice for a job interview in French. You will develop your vocabulary to be able to answer the phone, send an e-mail and write a professional letter. You will also discover French business culture.  

French 114C. Survey of French Literature: 19th and 20th Centuries

Instructor: Cécile Guédon

Ce cours proposera une réflexion sociologique sur les modes de lecture et de réception de la littérature à travers trois siècles, liés à trois genres successifs en mutation constante: le roman au dix-neuvième, le théatre au vingtième et la poésie au vingt-et-unième siècles. Nous allons tout d’abord analyser le roman feuilleton (ou l’idée de sérialité pour la fiction, publiée semaine après semaine dans les journaux) au 19e siècle entre Alexandre Dumas , Eugéne Sue et Jules Verne; puis le théatre social et politique au 20e siècle entre Eugène Ionesco, Samuel Beckett et Jean-Marie Koltès; et enfin et la poésie au 21e siècle, art de la rue promu à la scène (avec les chansonniers engagés: Les Têtes raides, Noir Désir) au cénacle universitaire (Jean-Michel Maulpoix, Anne-Marie Albiach).

French 118. Studies in 18th-Century French Culture and Literature


Littérature et culture du XVIIIe siècle:

Le thème du cours est le roman épistolaire. Nous allons lire trois exemples de ce genre littéraire représentatif des courants culturels et intellectuels des Lumières : Montesquieu, Lettres persanes ; Françoise de Graffigny, Lettres d’une Péruvienne ; Choderlos de Laclos, Les liaisons dangereuses. À travers ces textes nous explorerons les formes et conventions du roman épistolaire ; les représentations des rencontres des Européens avec le Moyen-Orient et L’Amérique ; les rôles des sexes et la structure de la société française pendant les dernières années de l’Ancien Régime.

French 191B. Variable Topics Research Seminars: French

Instructor: Jean-Claude Carron

Capstone Seminar

In the capstone seminar (reserved to students in their last year of studies), you will determine your own topic of research related to the French and Francophone literature and culture in consultation with the instructor. The process includes preparing a bibliography, determining the research method, and utilizing the critical discourse and methodology learned in previous courses. The argument is to be placed in the context of the knowledge of literary and cultural

movements and issues studied in the previous courses. The student will complete his/her project individually, in consultation with the professor, and will give an oral presentation of it to the peers in the seminar.

Spring 2020: Graduate Courses

French 207. Studies in History of Ideas

Instructor: Cécile Guédon

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

French 220. 20th Century

Instructor: Lia Brozgal

Lecture, three hours. Overview, both historical and analytical, of 20th-century French literature set in context of several key critical topics that interrogate canonical interpretation. Letter grading.