Christine Garst-Santos, Interim Department Head
Department of Modern Languages and Global Studies
Wagner Hall 121
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The French major at SDSU consists of language, culture, literature and professional courses to prepare students for careers in which they will use French as a language for communication. The major offers flexibility and can easily be added to another major.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon the completion of the French major, students should be able to:
- Speak, read and write French at the intermediate-high or advanced level
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the cultures and communication cultures of the Francophone world
- Demonstrate knowledge of the French civilizations and its cultural products, such as literature, art, government, etc.
Students with previous knowledge of the language must take the placement test and register for an appropriate course. The program requires all French courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better.
Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs (NCATE)
South Dakota Department of Education
Certification and Licensure
With this major and the accompanying teacher education coursework required for teaching licensure, candidates are eligible to take the Praxis content tests, and apply for a teaching license in South Dakota. Students are required to take the PRAXIS II content test, as well as the PRAXIS II Principles of Learning and Teaching test. The minimum score for the Praxis II PLT must be obtained for teaching licensure and varies by state.
Course Delivery Format
Most courses in the French major are offered face-to-face on campus. Some upper-division courses are offered as part of the French cooperative program with NSU and USD and they use different types of distance delivery, including simultaneous television (DDN) and online delivery.