French and Francophone Studies / Undergraduate Study

French and Linguistics BA

Learning Outcomes

The French and Linguistics major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrated technical mastery of French language pronunciation, history, and structure
  • Working knowledge of scholarly discourse relative to a specialized French linguistics topic such as phonology, syntax, or sociolinguistics
  • Demonstrated specific skills and expertise acquired in coursework, including speech, analysis, and writing
  • Demonstrated analysis of spoken discourse, including regional variations
  • Engagement with peers through discussion and critique on a specialized topic in French linguistics

Preparation for the Major

Required: French 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, or equivalent, Linguistics 20, completion of the third term of a second 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.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the French and Linguistics major with 90 or more units must complete the following introductory courses prior to admission to UCLA: two years of French, one French literature course, and one introduction to linguistics course.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: French 100, 101, 104, one course from 114A, 114B, or 114C, two courses from 105, 107, 108, 109, 110, one upper-division French elective course, and Linguistics 103, 110, 120A, 120B. Each course must be taken for a letter grade.

It is strongly advised that students who intend to pursue advanced degrees begin preparation for the language requirements at the undergraduate level.

If students’s 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 and Francophone Studies Department in consultation with an adviser. All prospective French and Linguistics majors who are native or quasi-native speakers of French must see the undergraduate adviser before beginning upper-division work in the major.

All majors must complete a minimum of nine courses of appropriate upper-division work in the UCLA French and Francophone Studies Department. Freshmen and sophomores may take up to two courses taught in English, selected from French 164 through 167, in fulfillment of major requirements (if taken in the junior or senior year, these courses count as electives). A maximum of 8 units of course 199 may be applied toward the elective requirements for the major if approved in advance by the undergraduate adviser. Students must maintain a C average in upper-division major courses in order to remain in the French and Linguistics major.

Coursework taken on a Passed/Not Passed basis is not acceptable in any area of the major program.

It is recommended that students intending to major in French and Linguistics consult with the undergraduate adviser before enrolling in upper-division courses.