Kris Knisely, Ph.D., Program Coordinator
Slagle Hall 306
Kris Knisely, Ph.D. Applied Linguistics, Second-Language Acquisition, French Linguistics.
French and Francophone Studies:
The program in French in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics provides instruction and advising in French language, literature, and culture at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels to the benefit of students with a variety of curricular and career goals. In cooperation with other departments of the College of Arts and Sciences, with the School of Education of the University of South Dakota, with language departments at other regental institutions, as well as with our partner universities abroad, we are committed to training professionals with a firm command of the French language and with a broad, interdisciplinary background in French and Francophone culture (including history, literature, and contemporary civilization). Through advising, mentoring, and in cooperation with our international exchange partners, we are dedicated to developing an intercultural awareness in our student population.
A major in French and Francophone Studies offers a comprehensive survey of French language, literature, and contemporary civilization, and can be a rewarding interdisciplinary program of study. It will prepare you for a range of careers, including teaching, business, public service, foreign service, graduate school, and academia.
- The Constance Hampl Scholarship.
This scholarship shall be awarded annually to outstanding French language majors. Recipients must:
a. Have at least two semesters of work in the department;
b. Be enrolled in a French course during the semester for which the award is given;
c. Maintain at least a 3.0 (B) average in French courses, and a 3.0 (B) overall average.
- The Alexander P. Hartman Scholarship
This scholarship shall be awarded annually to outstanding French and Spanish language majors who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance and interest in advanced levels of study in either language.
Awards for the above scholarships shall be announced each spring for the following academic year. If you are a student receiving a Promise Scholarship, the department will automatically submit your application. The departmental scholarship, if awarded, will replace some or all of your Promise Scholarship for the year awarded
- The Edward and Helen Greene Modern Languages and Linguistics Travel Fund
This scholarship provides financial assistance to students of modern languages participating in our exchange programs abroad. Candidates shall have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B).
35 Major Hours, 120 Degree Hours
The French program at USD is cooperatively delivered with NSU and SDSU.
Students in this major must also complete requirements for a degree in the College of Arts & Sciences .