BS in Modern Foreign Language Education

The undergraduate program in Modern Foreign Language Education prepares teachers of French and Spanish at the 5–12 grade level for initial licensure. The program has been designed to reflect current theory and practice in foreign language teaching and conforms to the guidelines established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). 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.

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 or Spanish are encouraged to take advantage of the appropriate opportunities through the Boston University Study Abroad programs.

Degree Requirements

Total required credits for both French and Spanish: 128–130.

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 (40–44 cr)

  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar (4 cr)
  • One course in humanities from CAS (4 cr)
  • One course from CAS in French or Spanish literature numbered 350 or above (4 cr)
  • One social sciences course from CAS (4 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)
  • Elective (4–8 cr)

Professional Studies (40–42 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 565 Applied Linguistics: Language & Linguistics Survey (4 cr)
  • SED ED 410/412 Social and Civic Context of Education (4 cr)
  • SED CT 575 General Methods of Instruction, 5–12 or equivalent (4 cr)
  • SED TL 511 Methods of Teaching Modern Foreign Languages (4 cr)
  • SED BI 504 Seminar: The Student Teaching Experience (2 cr)
  • SED TL 586 Practicum I MFL 5–12 (4 cr)
  • SED TL 587 Practicum II MFL 5–12 (2 cr)
  • SED TL 525 Teaching English Language Learners: Middle/High School (4 cr)

Subject Requirements by Language

  • CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics (4 cr)
  • One advanced CAS LF 30X (Language) (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, 453, 457, 550, 553, 555, 560, 564, 565, or 575 (4 cr)
  • One of: CAS LF 455, 456, 460, 469, 551, 554, 556, 558, 569, 570, 571, 590 (4 cr)
  • Two of CAS LF 4XX–5XX (Literature) (8 cr)
  • Four CAS electives selected from: LF 3XX, LF 4XX, LX (16 cr)

  • CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics (4 cr)
  • CAS LS 3XX (Language) (4 cr)
  • CAS LS 3XX (Language) (4 cr)
  • CAS LS 3XX (Literature) (4 cr)
  • CAS LS 350 Introduction to Analysis of Hispanic 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)
  • One of CAS Spanish Linguistics (CAS LS 420, 504, 505, 507 or 508) (4 cr)
  • Three 500-level Spanish courses, one of which must be Spanish-Peninsular and another must be Spanish-American Literature (12 cr)