The Department of French and Francophone Studies at UCLA is a major center for the study of the French language and of literatures, cultures, and civilizations of French expression throughout the world. French has for centuries been a major language of international culture, and the French literary and artistic tradition is great historical significance. In recent decades, French critical thought has occupied a highly influential position in the theoretical discourse of the humanities and social sciences. The instructional programs of the Department offer students the opportunity to achieve a well-rounded education and to pursue advanced research in a challenging intellectual environment with superior research facilities.
Each year thousands of students enroll in undergraduate courses in French in order to pursue the study of language and literature as well as other related areas of French studies, including history, culture, politics, institutions, business, the arts, and film. The graduate program trains students in French and Francophone literature, culture, and thought as well as in literary analysis and critical theory.
The Department of French & Francophone Studies offers undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in French and graduate programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in French. In addition, it is possible to earn an undergraduate degree in French and Linguistics and graduate-level degrees with the major field in French in the Department of Comparative Literature and in the Linguistics Department. Students may also graduate as double majors or with a French Minor.