French Studies

Beyond the Classroom

Join French TV breaks, films and conversation tables to immerse yourself in the language and culture.

Our program offers a variety of classes to recognize the need to provide you with a much broader education in French than traditional programs.

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.

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

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.

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B.A. with Secondary Education Certification

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Four-Year Program Guides

After Graduation

Our program offers graduates a wide variety of educational and employment possibilities. It prepares you for a future in:

Potential Careers
Government Service Foreign Market Analysis
Print and Digital Journalism Diplomacy
Translators and Interpreters Hotel Management
Teaching Civil Engineering
Banking and Finance Space and Aeronautics
Success Stories Cara

Success Stories

USD has a strong sense of community and a great atmosphere. Cara McLaughlin, Granville, OH

Contact Us

Name Department & Office Contact
Kris Knisely
  • Assistant Professor
MODERN LANGUAGES AND LINGUISTICS
Robert L Slagle Hall 306D