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Enhance your communication & cultural understanding by studying the French language. 

Why Study French?

As a French student at USD, you'll gain foundational skills in all aspects of French communication. We prioritize real-world application, ensuring you confidently navigate conversations, understand spoken French and express yourself clearly in a variety of everyday situations.

Unlock global opportunities by mastering the fundamentals of French communication at USD.                    

Degrees & Offerings

Basic French Language Proficiency Certificate


The Basic French Proficiency Certificate strengthens core skills in speaking, listening, writing and reading for everyday use.  Earning this certificate enhances communication and cultural understanding in multicultural environments, making you a more competitive candidate in fields like tourism, hospitality and international business.

Program Details






Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in modern language and linguistics.
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Modern Languages & Linguistics

Connect with others, gain marketable skills and thrive in a culturally diverse world by learning a new language and exploring other cultures.

faculty and staff

Our faculty in the Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics have consistently earned awards for their teaching and scholarship. Our faculty are experts in their fields, contributing to research in Spanish literature and theater, German language and culture, foreign language pedagogy, Russian culture, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and phonetics.

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Robert Turner III

Chair-Modern Languages
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Nathan Bates

Associate Professor of Practice
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Angela Helmer


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