University of California, Riverside

Comparative Literature and Languages

French Program (FREN)

Committee in Charge

  • Heidi Brevik-Zender, Ph.D., Director, French/Comparative Literature

  • Michelle E. Bloom, Ph.D. Comparative Literature/ French

  • Christine Duvergé, Ph.D. French

  • Jennifer Ramos, M.A. French

  • Kelle Truby, Ph.D. French

  • Milagros Peña, Ph.D. Dean, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, ex officio

Languages and Literatures / French

Revised requirements (For Students Entering Fall 2011 and Beyond). Students who entered prior to Fall 2011 should refer to the previous requirements.

Faculty Advisor

Heidi Brevik-Zender

The department offers the B.A. program in French Studies. The core of the major is the study of French and Francophone literatures and cultures through innovative textual, visual and interdisciplinary approaches. 

Required Courses

  1. CPLT 001 or CPLT 001W, CPLT 002
  1. Language proficiency (16 units) – FREN 100, FREN 101A, FREN 101B, FREN 101C
  2. Eight courses (32 units) of upper-division electives in the French Program. Of these the student must choose a minimum of five courses (20 units) offered entirely in French. Students may petition to take one course (4 units) outside of the French Program on a related topic. It is strongly encouraged that students take at least one class focusing on a time period earlier than 1800. It is highly recommended that students complete FREN 101B and FREN 101C before enrolling in upper-division electives.
  3. CPLT 193 (4). (CPLT 196 strongly recommended but not required)

French Major Prior to fall 2011

The department offers the B.A. program in French civilization, literature, and language.

The core of the major is the study of French culture, literature, or language. Students work in consultation with their advisors, developing their interests in relation to French literature, civilization, or language. Students can take the major with either a Literature option or a Civilization option.

Students are encouraged to consider opportunities for study through the Education Abroad Program (EAP). This is an excellent opportunity to become deeply familiar with another country and its culture while earning academic units towards graduation. Students should plan study abroad well in advance to ensure that the courses taken fit with their overall program at UCR. Consult the departmental student affairs officer for assistance. For further details visit UCR's International Services Center at or call (951) 827-4113.

See Education Abroad Program under International Services Center in the Student Services section of this catalog. A list of participating countries is found under Education Abroad Program in the Curricula and Courses section.

French Literature Option

  1. Language proficiency — 16 upper-division units of work in the French language distributed as follows:
    1. FREN 101A, FREN 101B, FREN 101C
    2. FREN 100
  2. Literature concentration
    1. CLA 027A, CLA 027B
    2. A minimum of 36 units distributed as follows
      1. CPLT 110
      2. FREN 109A, FREN 109B, FREN 109C, FREN 109D
      3. Sixteen (16) units of electives in French literature chosen from courses numbered 145 and above

French Civilization Option

  1. Language proficiency: FREN 101A, FREN 101B, FREN 101C or equivalents
  2. Civilization concentration (44 units)
    1. Sixteen (16) units from EUR 114A, EUR 114B, EUR 114C, EUR 116A, EUR 116B
    2. Eight (8) units of work in French literature
    3. Four (4) units in EUR 191
    4. FREN 100
    5. Twelve (12) units of electives, either in French civilization and French literature, or, with approval of the student's advisor, in courses outside the French program relating to French civilization (Related history courses are strongly recommended.)

Foreign Language Placement Examination

A placement examination is required of all freshmen entering the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences who wish to meet the foreign language requirement with the same language taken in high school. Consult the quarterly Schedule of Classes and for date and time. Transfer students who have taken college-level language courses cannot take the placement examination and should consult with their advisors. No college-level credit may be duplicated.

Honors Program

Students who wish to undertake a special program of honors study in upper-division courses should apply to the department.

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