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 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 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 139. Paris: Study of French Capital

Instructor: Lia Brozgal

Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 5. Taught in French. Textual and visual exploration of historical and imaginary (re)constructions of Paris, beginning with its earliest history and gradual formation of this great urban complex in maps from Renaissance to 20th century. Study of city’s streets and quarters, traffic and transportation, multiple layers of past, present, and future, and “flâneurs” and insurrectionists through wide range of literary and critical texts. Readings cover mainly 19th and 20th centuries — Honoré de Balzac, Charles Baudelaire, Emile Zola, Marcel Proust, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, and others. P/NP or letter grading.

Spring 2020: Courses in English

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.

Spring 2020: Courses in French

French 12. Introduction to Study of French and Francophone Literature

Instructor: Ariane Helou

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 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.

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

Instructor: Cécile Guédon

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 12. Study of major literary movements and writers of period, including works by Hugo, Baudelaire, Balzac, Stendhal, Flaubert, Zola, Gide, Proust, Sartre, Robbe-Grillet, and Duras. P/NP or letter grading.

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

Instructor: Ariane Helou

Lecture, three hours. Taught in French. Study of 18th-century French culture and literature, including satire, novel, theater, philosophers, and theoretical writings. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.

French 191B. Variable Topics Research Seminars: French

Instructor: Jean-Claude Carron

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 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.