Information on the Undergraduate Major in French

UNDERGRADUATE French

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Enrollment FAQ’s for French Language Courses

How do I know which level of French is right for me?
The French Department publishes a series of Placement Guidelines to help students determine which level is appropriate, based on the student’s previous study of French. Additional questions should be directed as follows:

French 1 or 2: Seda Chavdarian
Acting Director, French Language Program
French 3 or 4: Vesna Rodic
Acting Coordinator of Second-Year French
French 13, 14, 35, 102 and above: Carol Dolcini
French Undergraduate Adviser

 

What is the enrollment limit for French classes?
Maximum enrollment for French 1 and 2 is no more than 20 students, for 3 and 4 it is no more than19 students.

Maximum enrollment for French 13 and 14 is 18 students.

The section that fits my schedule is full. What can I do?
If there is room on the wait list, sign up for the section that fits your schedule.  If a seat opens up, students are automatically enrolled from the wait list.  If you are still on the wait list once classes begin, you should attend for the first week and check with the instructor about open seats.   For the first two weeks of instruction, daily attendance numbers are posted by instructors on the Daily Attendance Poster outside of 4311 Dwinelle.   The daily attendance numbers show how many students from the official enrollment list are actually attending class and, therefore, how many potential openings there are. Often the number of students attending is different from the enrollment number shown on BearFacts.

If you see a section that (1) fits into your schedule and (2) has potential openings for additional enrollments, add yourself to the TeleBears wait list for that section, and attend and stay current with the assignments. If/as the number of students attending class falls below the limit, the instructor can add students from the TeleBears wait list for that section.

I am on the wait list for a section of French. What are my chances of getting into the class?
No one can say for sure. Attendance can fluctuate a bit during the first two weeks of the semester. At the end of the first week of classes, students are dropped for non-attendance from class- and wait-lists, and students who have been attending can be added as space allows. If a space opens up during the first two weeks of instruction, the Instructor can approve enrollment from the official TeleBears wait list for that section.

Students on the wait list for a French section should always carry enough units to meet their minimum course load requirements not counting the section of French they are trying to get into.

The class list and wait list for the section I need are both full. What can I do?
If the section you want is full, look for other sections with possible openings. Once classes begin, you can check the Daily Attendance Poster next to room 4311 Dwinelle.   If you see a section that has attendance below the enrollment limit, put yourself on the Telebears wait list for that section and attend. Be sure and let the instructor know that you are trying to add the section.

I am enrolled in a section of French but need to switch to a different section because of a time conflict. Can I be moved to the enrollment list of another section?
Enrollment lists and wait lists are specific to each section. To switch to another section, it is necessary to drop the section that no longer fits into your schedule and add the desired section.  If the class is full, add yourself to the Telebears wait list for the section you wish to add. If classes have already begun, you can only add yourself to the wait list.  During the first 2 weeks of instruction, Instructors can only  approve enrollment from the official Telebears wait list.

I have been on the wait list and attending the same section of French for 2 weeks and the class is still full. What can I do?
Students on the wait list for a French section should always carry enough units to meet their minium course load requirements not counting the section of French they are trying to get into. If the French course that fits into your schedule is still full at end of the 3rd week of classes, you cannot be added and cannot continue attending. If you have a course program that meets your minimum course load requirements (not counting the section of French), you will be able to discontinue the French course without complications to your schedule. It can be difficult to find a new course to add in the 3rd or 4th week of the semester if you have not been attending and staying current with readings and assignments.

The class is full but I am first on the wait list and have attended every day for the first two weeks, can the class limit be increased?
Class limits are set according to contractual agreements and cannot be increased.

Additional questions?
Contact Carol Dolcini, Undergraduate Advisor.