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French Literature Major

Welcome to the French Literature undergraduate page.  Here you will find the major and minor requirements, contact information, career planning and study abroad resources and quarterly-updated information like:

  • French Literature major checklist
  • Student and department event announcements
  • Quarterly course information and highlights

You will also find the Faculty Advisor for the French Literature major, which changes annually.  Your faculty advisor will be available to assist you with such issues as academic progress, research opportunities and career paths within your field.

2016-2017 Faculty Advisor

Professor Oumelbanine Zhiri (Fall/Winter)

Professor Winifred Woodhull (Spring)

Major Requirements

French Literature major checklist
  1. Nine upper-division courses as follows:
    1. LTFR 115-116, Themes in French Intellectual and Literary History.
    2. Seven additional upper-division courses in French literature, including at least one course in each of the following periods: seventeenth or eighteenth century; nineteenth century; and twentieth century.
  2. Three courses in a secondary literature, that is, a literature taught in a language other than French. At least one of these courses must be upper division. Special studies courses (198s and 199s) and courses in foreign literatures that are taught in French do not apply to the secondary literature requirement.
    1. It is highly recommended that French Literature majors choose English as their secondary literature.  By taking three upper division LTEN courses, both the secondary literature requirement and the upper division literature electives requirement are complete.
  3. Upper-division electives chosen from Department of Literature offerings to make a total of twelve upper-division courses.

Minor Requirements

Seven LTFR courses, at least four of which must be upper-division. Lower division courses that may be used towards the minor: LTFR 2A, 2B, 2C and 50.  All courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade.  You can declare a French Literature minor (LT29) on TritonLink, using the Major/Minor Tool.

Course Information

Tips for Transfer Students

Before you transfer...

  • Check Assist, the official source for articulation and student transfer information. You will see how your lower division courses will transfer to UCSD. 
  • This major does have a French language requirement, so students are highly recommended to start taking courses in French language as early as possible.
  • We are happy to assist any students who are planning to transfer to UCSD.  If you would like guidance prior to transferring, please email us at litprospective@ucsd.edu or call us at 858-534-3210.

After you transfer...

  • Please check your transfer record on TritonLink . Are all the courses you took listed? Are the UC San Diego equivalent courses listed beside the courses you took? If you took a course and it does not appear on your TritonLink record, please contact the Admission's Office for corrections. 
  • If you took a course that does not appear on Assist and you think it is equivalent to one of our courses, you can file an undergraduate student petition with the Literature Department for review. We will be happy to go over that process with you if you have any questions.
  • Once you've received all possible UCSD credit for your transferred coursework, you are ready to make an academic plan.  Our Academic Advisors are happy to help you with this during our walk-in advising hours.
    • YOU SHOULD BE ENROLLED IN A FRENCH LANGUAGE COURSE IN YOUR FIRST QUARTER AT UCSD.  If you need assistance determining which course is appropriate, please call us at 858-534-3210.

Study Abroad for Your Major

French Literature majors are highly recommended to study abroad!  Aside from being an amazing experience, study abroad coursework can be applied to your major requirements (and actually decrease your time to graduation, if planned right)!  French Literature majors may apply up to 5 upper division courses from study abroad to their major requirements, and French Literature minors may apply up to 3 upper division courses to their minor.  Learn more about study abroad opportunities:

Careers in Literature

Students who major in Literature pursue a wide array of career paths.  UCSD and the Department of Literature have many resources to aid you in your career exploration and development:


Alumni Highlight:


French Literature Alumni - Sandra Dijkstra

Sandra Dijkstra, Ph.D. ’76

French Literature

Sandra Dijkstra is the founder, owner, and president of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She is agent to authors in the arenas of both fiction (literary and commercial) and nonfiction (including history, politics, current affairs, business, science, and religion). Over the years, Newsweek dubbed her "the best agent in the West," Esquire chose her as one of the nation's "top five literary agents," and the Los Angeles Times proclaimed her an "über-agent" and "the most powerful literary agent on the West Coast." She was honored by UC San Diego as the 1993 Outstanding Alumna.

Alumni Highlight:


French Literature Alumni - Lynn Freer

Lynn Freer, ’74

French Literature

President, Spidell Publishing

Lynn "Ms. California Tax" Freer is President of Spidell Publishing, Inc., where she devotes herself full time to analyzing, writing about, and teaching California tax law and procedures. Her biggest challenge?: “Finding good writers. Writing and accounting do not come from the same part of the brain. It’s so technical—and you have to understand the law. So finding people who can—and want to—write on the subject is difficult.”


Contact us through...

Map to the Literature Building

Walk-in Advising

Literature Building, Room 110
Monday-Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:00pm

Virtual Advising Center

Virtual Advising Center

We respond to messages
Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm 
(for current students only - valid
student PID required)