A major in modern foreign languages integrates exciting interactive technology, small classes and individualized attention.
In addition to literary studies, our innovative Modern Foreign Language program focuses on understanding the world from the perspective of the cultures being studied.
Notre Dame language majors build confidence and competence through a variety of real-world opportunities to interact with native speakers, including community service and internships throughout the Baltimore/D.C. area.
The Sister Kathleen Feeley International Center houses not only the department of Classical and Modern Foreign Languages, but also the Office of International Programs, Study Abroad and the English Language Institute.
Below are listed some popular careers and the languages most helpful to them:
|Medicine, Pharmacy, Law||Latin, Spanish|
|Museum work||Latin, Italian|
|Law enforcement||Spanish, French|
|Music||Italian, French, German|
|Teaching, Social Work||Spanish|
|Government||Spanish, French, Japanese, other non-western languages|
|International Relations/Business||Spanish, French, Japanese, other non-western languages|
The quickest and easiest way to become familiar with another culture is through direct experience. We encourage students to enjoy a semester or summer abroad. There are also short-term programs available through summer or January study tours to a variety of countries and settings. Financial aid is possible for most study abroad programs.
Honor Societies for Language Students
Phi Sigma Iota is the international foreign language honor society open to advanced students in all languages. To be eligible for membership a student must be a junior or senior who has completed at least one advanced course in a foreign language and maintains a 3.0 grade point average.
Phi Beta Delta is an academic and professional society, unique because it is resolutely interdisciplinary and international. Its goals are to recognize the scholarly achievement of international students and scholars who have studied abroad and faculty/staff who are involved in international activities. There are two categories of membership for students: international students (upper division and graduate) who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement at their institutions; and domestic students (upper division and graduate) who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement in the pursuit of academic studies abroad.