Classical and Modern Foreign Languages Department
The bachelor's degree in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) offers an immersive study of language and culture in two world languages. As the world becomes increasing globally connected, the ability to speak multiple languages and understand various cultural perspectives can provide a competitive advantage in pursuing career opportunities.
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Program Location

The Modern Foreign Languages major is recommended for those who: 

  • have language proficiency in at least one language other than English;
  • wish to pursue a career abroad or in international relations; or
  • aim to teach in secondary schools.

How it Works

Choose French or Spanish as the main language. For the second language, choose either the remaining language (French or Spanish) or select a language offered through the Baltimore College Consortium.

Pursue a Teaching Career

If your dream is to ultimately become a teacher, NDMU offers two options:

  • Your advisor can help you pair the required education courses with your Modern Foreign Language degree to earn a Secondary Teaching Certification.
  • You can pursue the 5-year BA/MAT program to earn a BA in Modern Foreign Language and an MA in Teaching.

Both options will prepare you to become certified to teach a content area in secondary schools (grades 7-12). To become certified to teach English as a second language, graduate study is required. Explore our MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages for additional information.

Bria Foster

Bria Foster

A More Confident Leader

Alum, NDMU Class of 2021
Modern Foreign Languages
When I first came to Notre Dame, I was a little shy and I was not accustomed to serving in leadership roles. Here, I found many leadership opportunities and a close-knit community that helped me grow into a more confident leader.

Modern Foreign Languages Careers

  • International Relations
  • Linguistics
  • Diplomacy
  • Intelligence
  • Translation/Interpretation
  • Social Work
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Civil Service
  • Teaching

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