French is a vibrant international language. It is the only language, other than English, spoken on all five continents, is the second most learned foreign language, the ninth most spoken language and the third most used language on the internet.  More than 220 million people speak French across the world.

Our program, focused primarily on the language and literature, offers a variety of classes to recognize the need to provide you with a much broader education in French than traditional programs.

Studying French at USD, you will learn about:

  • France and other French-speaking countries of Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America.
  • Influential traditions in Francophone literature and the arts that span more than a thousand years.
  • The importance of French language for politics, international diplomacy, science, technology, medicine and business.
  • The dynamic relationship between the French language and French-speaking cultures.

We have courses in:

  • French Film
  • Francophone Culture
  • French Linguistics
  • Business French
  • Translation
  • Literature

Why Study French?

  • Studying French will develop your critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Approximately half of English vocabulary comes from French, which will help you on standardized tests like the GRE for graduate school, the LSAT for law school and GMAT for business school.
  • Applicants who are proficient in two or more languages have a significant advantage in the global market.
  • French-speaking areas account for almost 20% of the world import and export trade.
  • French is an official language of many international organizations such as the United Nations, NATO, the European Union, Doctors Without Borders, International Red Cross and the International Olympic Committee.

After Graduation

The French and Francophone studies program offers graduates a wide variety of educational and employment possibilities. It prepares you for a future in:

  • Government service
  • Print and electronic journalism
  • Language-related professions such as translating and interpreting
  • Teaching
  • Pursuing masters and doctoral levels

With supplemental work in areas such as political science, law or management, graduates of the program can embark on careers in international affairs, law and business.

French speakers are particularly in demand in fields such as:

  • Banking and finance
  • Foreign market analysis
  • Diplomacy
  • Hotel management
  • Civil engineering
  • Space and aeronautics
  • Computer animation

No matter what you choose to do after graduation, a major or minor in French and Francophone Studies will help you build skills that employers are looking for like analytical and problem-solving, communication (reading, writing, public speaking) and teamwork.

Additional Opportunities

  • Language Lab: You will find a variety of physical materials and computers in the Language Lab in Slagle Hall, Room 310.
  • Films: French and Francophone films and texts can be found at the University Libraries.
  • Free Tutoring: Tutoring is available for students in French and Francophone studies courses.
  • French Club: The club provides opportunities to speak French and take part in French and Francophone cultural activities. It hosts TV breaks to watch and discuss popular television programs and news broadcasts in French, as well as a French conversation table to practice speaking and listening.
  • Study Abroad in France

For more information about tutoring and French Club email Kris.Knisely@usd.edu.

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