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 taken two years of the lower-division language sequence (up to French 6 or equivalent) and enrolled in Introduction to Literary Analysis (French 12), with additional requirements for the major in French and Linguistics.
French Language Placement Exam
Enrollment in French 1 through 6 is contingent upon proper placement, as determined by the results of the Departmental Placement Exam.
The French placement exam is offered online only. Paper placement exams are no longer offered. For full instructions and the link to the French placement exam.
The placement exam can only be taken once, and scores are valid for the duration of the student’s enrollment at UCLA.
- Students with one or more years of high school French MUST present a placement examination score on the first day of class.
- Students who have taken the AP examination and received a score of 3 or higher need not take the departmental placement examination but should consult the UCLA General Catalog for credit equivalencies.
- Students who have never had high school French may pre-enroll in French 1 without taking the placement examination but should consult the UCLA General Catalog for credit equivalencies.
- Transfer students who have had French at another college should check their degree progress report for credit equivalencies granted on admission (see counselors in A316 Murphy Hall or call 310-825-3382).
Students who have taken the AP Examination and received a score of 3 or higher need not take the Departmental Placement Exam but should consult the UCLA General Catalog for credit equivalencies (see “Credit for Advanced Placement Tests”). Students can consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the French Department for further counseling.