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Languages, Literature and Communication Studies
Dr. Ginny Lewis, Chair
Technology Center 249
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401
Phone: 605-626-2404
E-mail: Mary Kost
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Study French at Northern, and you'll become proficient in the world’s second most-studied foreign language (after English) and  broaden your understanding of the 55 different countries where French is the language of government, business, and education.
As a French majors or minor, you'll gain a deeper understanding of English language and structure - about half of the English vocabulary was inherited from French.
The French Studies program has two areas of specialization:
  • The Business French option may profitably be combined with a second major in Business or International Business.
  • Students choosing the General Studies curriculum will be better prepared for careers in the liberal arts and for further study at the graduate level.
Opportunities for study and internships abroad exist at all levels of the curriculum. Students may study in France through our exchange agreement with the University de Picardie – Jules Verne for no more than it costs to attend classes in Aberdeen.



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The French Club provides a francophone space for discovering French food, cinema, games, music, and much more. A study tour to a French-speaking country is usually offered during the Spring Break or May Interim periods. Virtual exchanges take place with native French speakers and other students of French throughout the world, thanks to Northern's videoconferencing facilities in one of best-equipped language labs in the region.

Courses at all levels may be offered collaboratively with faculty and students from other South Dakota universities, ensuring a broader exposure to cultural, linguistic, and academic diversity.