Jul 01, 2022  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

French and Francophone Studies (B.A.)

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Kris Knisely, Ph.D., Program Coordinator
Slagle Hall 306
(605) 677-5357


Assistant Professor:

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 .

Departmental Requirements (35 hours)


Students with a high school or other background in French may earn credit by examination for introductory and intermediate level courses. Consult the Credit by Examination policy in the Old Academic Policies  section of the catalog for details.

Students are encouraged to study abroad for a semester or a year, usually during their junior year. Credit for FREN 385: Travel and Study Abroad in Francophone may be available.

Course availability may vary due to collaborative scheduling. Please consult the department for more information about course options and possible substitutions.

The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics also sponsors occasional faculty-led programs to French-speaking countries (ordinarily during the summer) in which students may be interested. In addition, USD students may study on exchange at the University of Pau, France.

Secondary Education/French Teacher (B.A.)

See French and Francophone Studies (B.A.) with Secondary Education Certification  for program requirements for degree along with the appropriate teaching certification courses.

Students must have a CGPA of 2.7 to co-register for EDFN 338  and SEED 296  and to be admitted to Teacher Education.

Four-Year Program Guides and Costs

USD encourages students to take 15 credits per semester or 30 credits within the year in order to graduate in 4 years. To help students complete their academic degree program in four years, we provide a sample academic plan. Please work with your academic advisor to confirm your plan.

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