BS in Modern Foreign Language Education

The undergraduate program in modern foreign language education prepares teachers of French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The program has been designed to reflect current theory and practice in foreign language teaching and conform to the guidelines established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

The program includes a strong liberal arts component, a carefully planned sequence of professional courses combining theory and practice with field experiences, and the opportunity to major in the language that the student plans to teach. It emphasizes effective communication skills and strong interpersonal skills, the ability to acquire and use knowledge from a variety of media and technologies, and leadership ability in curriculum development and instruction. There is close coordination of coursework in education, field experiences, and modern foreign language methodology. Student teaching provides firsthand experience with various roles and responsibilities of schools and school personnel, and allows students to put their knowledge into practice and refine their skills. Foreign language courses emphasize communication, as well as grammar, culture, and literature.

Students planning to teach French, German, Italian, or Spanish are encouraged to take advantage of the appropriate opportunities through the Boston University Study Abroad programs. Students may also earn licensure in Latin and Classics by completing a 12-course sequence in Latin plus 30 credits in professional SED courses that include student teaching practicum.

At the graduate level, a program is offered leading to the MAT degree. The MAT program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree or minor (6 courses at the intermediate level or above) in French or Spanish, who have not had any professional education courses. See the Master of Arts in Teaching Program.

Undergraduate students may pursue the BS degree in modern foreign language education to become initially licensed to teach French, German, Italian, Spanish, or Russian at the 5–12 grade level. In addition to the required liberal arts and professional courses, undergraduate students complete 10 or more courses in the Department of Modern Languages & Comparative Literature or the Department of Romance Studies.

Degree Requirements

Total required credits vary by language as follows:

  • French: 128–136 total credits
  • German: 128–136 total credits
  • Italian: 132-138 total credits
  • Spanish: 120–128 total credits

All candidates for the BS in Modern Foreign Language Education take the following distribution requirements and professional coursework regardless of their area of focus.

Distribution Requirements (44–50 cr)

  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar (4 cr)
  • Two courses in humanities from CAS (8 cr)
  • One course from CAS in French, Spanish, Italian, or German literature course numbered 350 or above (4 cr)
  • Two social sciences courses from CAS (8 cr)
  • One international relations, anthropology, or sociology course from CAS (4 cr)
  • One CAS mathematics course (Exempt with SAT score of 580 or above or ACT score of 23 or above) (4 cr)
  • One laboratory science from CAS (4 cr)
  • One natural or lab science from CAS (4 cr)
  • One elective (0–6 cr)

Professional Studies (36–38 cr)

  • SED ED 100/101 Introduction to Education (6 cr)
  • SED SE 251 Special Education and Adolescents (2 cr)
  • SED DS 502 Introduction to Adolescent Development (2 cr)
  • SED CT 375 Pre-Practicum (2 cr)
  • SED LS 566 Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • SED ED 410/412 Social and Civic Context of Education (4 cr)
  • SED CT 575 General Methods of Instruction, 5–12 (4 cr)
  • SED TL 511 Methods of Teaching Modern Foreign Languages (4 cr)
  • SED BI 504 Seminar: The Student Teaching Experience (2–4 cr)
  • SED TL 586 Practicum I MFL 5–12 (4 cr)
  • SED TL 587 Practicum II MFL 5–12 (2 cr)

Subject Requirements by Language

French (48 cr)

  • CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics (4 cr)
  • CAS LF 303 Composition and Conversation in French I (4 cr)
  • CAS LF 304 Composition and Conversation in French II (4 cr)
  • CAS LF 350 Introduction to Analysis of French Texts (4 cr)
  • CAS LF 351 Introduction to the French Novel (4 cr)
  • One of: CAS LF 451, 457, 564, 565, 574, or 575 French Literature: Middle Ages, Renaissance (4 cr)
  • One of: CAS LF 450, 452, 453, 550, 553, 555, 560, or 563 French Literature: Classical Period, Enlightenment (4 cr)
  • One of: CAS LF 454, 456, 459, 460, 461, 462, 551, 552, 557, 558, 567, 570, 572, or 573 French Literature: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century (4 cr)
  • CAS LF 475 Senior Seminar (4 cr)
  • One of: CAS LL 250, 251, CAS LF 502, 503, or 504 Literary Studies (4 cr)
  • Two 300–500-level French courses (8 cr)

German (48 cr)

  • Two of: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics, XL 222, XL 223, XL 224 Introduction to Comparative Literature (Western, Middle Eastern, or East Asian) (8 cr)
  • CAS LG 303 Composition and Conversation in German I (4 cr)
  • CAS LG 304 Composition and Conversation in German II (4 cr)
  • CAS LG 350 Introduction to Analysis of German Texts (4 cr)
  • Two of: CAS LG 310 Translation Workshop, 320 German Media, 330 Stylistics, or 340 Contemporary German and its Antecedents (8 cr)
  • Four 400–500-level German courses (16 cr)
  • One German course numbered 250 or higher (4 cr)

Italian (52 cr)

  • CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics (4 cr)
  • CAS LI 303 Self Expression (4 cr)
  • CAS LI 304 Advanced Self Expression (4 cr)
  • CAS LI 350 Italian Literature I: Medieval (4 cr)
  • CAS LI 351 Italian Literature II: Renaissance and Baroque (4 cr)
  • CAS LI 352 Italian Literature III: Modern Period (4 cr)
  • Three of: CAS LI 450, 452, 551, 553, 555, 556, or 590 Italian Literature (12 cr)
  • Two of: CAS LI 340, 349, 452, 473, 480, or 540 Italian Culture (8 cr)
  • Two additional Italian courses (8 cr)

Spanish (40 cr)

  • CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics (4 cr)
  • CAS LS 303 Composition and Conversation in Spanish I (4 cr)
  • CAS LS 304 Composition and Conversation in Spanish II (4 cr)
  • CAS LS 350 Introduction to Analysis of French Texts (4 cr)
  • Two of: CAS LS 454, 455, or 457 Spanish Literature (8 cr)
  • CAS LS 456 Spanish Medieval and Golden Age Literature (4 cr)
  • CAS LS 504 History of the Spanish Language
  • Three 500-level Spanish courses, one of which must be Spanish-Peninsular and another must be Spanish-American Literature (12 cr)