The French program provides a foundation in the essential structure of language and fosters practical communication. Language skills are refined through immersion in literature, history, film, art, and culture of French-speaking worlds.

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Program Locations

Available Minors

  • French

Additional Study Options


  • The Making and Meaning of Words: LCL-331 (3 credits)

    Studies Greek and Latin word elements as an aid to better understanding and use of English. Recommended for all students. Fulfills the general education language requirement for non-native speakers of English. [3 credits]  (Offered fall 2016)

  • English: Conversation for Non-Native Speakers of English: LEF-203 (3 credits)

    Refines listening and speaking skills while expanding knowledge of U.S. cultural values and their historical basis. Provides intensive listening practice through use of the language learning center, feature films, guest speakers and field trips. Expands vocabulary and use of idiomatic language. Improves accuracy through a focus on American English syntax and word choice, and increases oral fluency through providing numerous opportunities for discussion of current issues in U.S. culture. Laboratory required. Fulfills language requirement for non-native speakers of English. Prerequisite: placement test. [3 credits] (Offered fall and spring)

  • English: Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English: LEF-204 (3 credits)

    Develops and refines writing skills in English in order to meet the demands of college coursework. Provides extensive practice in writing with an emphasis on the writing process, organization, syntax of American English and appropriate word choice. Prepares non-native speakers of English for ENG-101 College Writing at Notre Dame or the equivalent first-year college English composition course. Prerequisite: placement test. [3 credits] (Offered each semester)  

  • The World of Language: LFN-201 (3 credits)

    Overviews the history, foundations and linguistic methods, as well as the social and cultural aspects of language. Makes explicit the links among language, communication and culture. Helps students to see language in its larger context and introduces them to the principles of linguistic and cross-cultural analysis. Explores current issues in the field: first- and second-language acquisition, language development and change, bilingualism, literacy, language and the mind, and language use in society. Taught in English. Required for minors and majors in classical and modern languages. Open to non-majors. Fulfills general education requirement in cross-cultural studies. Prerequisite: one foreign language course at the 103 level or equivalent. [3 credits] (Offered spring 2017)

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

Small classes, multimedia tools, and opportunities to interact with native speakers provide an immersive learning experience.

Study Abroad

Through the School Sisters of Notre Dame and partnerships with universities around the world, language students can choose to study, intern, work, teach, or complete service projects abroad in short-term or semester-long programs.

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Alliance française

Through a partnership with the Alliance française of Baltimore, you can participate in monthly activities on campus as well as other opportunities in the broader community.

French Careers

  • International Relations/Business
  • Government
  • Music
  • Law Enforcement
  • Journalism