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Bachelor of Arts in
Modern Foreign Language Education


Program Overview

Oral Roberts University’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Modern Foreign Language Education is a residential program that will prepare you to earn your teacher certification and teach French or Spanish at elementary, middle or high school levels in either public or private school. As an MFLE major, you get to take both modern language and education courses. When you major in Modern Foreign Language Education, you will develop and expand your foreign language linguistic skills while learning to problem-solve in different cultures locally, nationally and internationally. Learning about the language and culture of other nationalities while growing in your faith will truly prepare you to go into “Every man’s world.”

In ORU’s MFLE program, your classes will guide you through the history and background of the language you are studying while supplying you with Biblical principles of learning and teaching.

As a Modern Foreign Language major, you will have the opportunity to minor in Arabic, Chinese, French, Hebrew or Spanish. And you also have the incredible chance to participate in a study-abroad program during your junior year. Study-abroad classes are an exciting way to fully integrate into a culture while you earn academic credit. It’s a win-win!

Degree Plan for B.A. in Modern Foreign Language Education - French

Degree Plan for B.A. in Modern Foreign Language Education - Spanish

What can I do with a degree in Modern Foreign Language Education?

Around the world, teachers are needed now more than ever. There is a major call for educators with a Christian worldview and who want to impact education in any sector: public, private, or Christian schools.

  • Education at the elementary and secondary levels
  • International and global businesses
  • The travel industry as agents and representatives
  • Missions around the world
  • Government agencies
  • Translation services
  • Foreign news as interpreters and analysts
  • Foreign Service as librarians, teachers and professors
  • Armed Forces linguists

What are some of the core experiences?

  • FRE, GER, SPA Intermediate
  • FRE, SPA Phonetics and Conversation
  • FRE, SPA Composition
  • FRE, SPA Electives
  • FRE, SPA Survey of Literature
  • FRE, SPA Civilization and Culture
  • SPA Survey of Latin American Literature
  • FRE, SPA Internship
  • Professional Education Courses

What makes ORU’s Modern Foreign Language Education program stand out?

At ORU, there are many different organizations that you can be involved in to further your education but also to gain experience and develop connections with other students and others outside the university.

Spanish Club

The purpose of the Spanish Club is to enlighten and create fuller appreciation of the Hispanic and Latin worlds. The club encourages study in a Spanish-speaking country and/or work with Hispanic population in Tulsa. The club also highlights the need for Spanish-speaking missionaries and the need for financial support in foreign churches.

French Club

Members of the French Club bring the French culture to the ORU campus through a variety of activities. Of course, students make their own crêpes every semester. From time to time the French Club shows movies housed in the Culture Center. Unforgettable Fêtes de Noël always involves a treasure hunt for cadeaux hidden throughout a professor's home.

French Honor Society - Pi Delta Phi

The French Honor Society recognizes students who demonstrate scholarship in French. The membership is composed of students and professors who are distinguished in the study of French and have demonstrated a passion for the French language and francophone cultures.

You’ll have tangible encounters with actual job experience, whether it is serving as a communication consultant to a local organization or creating an extensive plan for facilitating a conference/event. Not only will you learn advanced communication theory, you’ll learn how to apply it to real-life situations.

Fast-track program

ORU's Fast Track program offers you the opportunity to complete up to 12 hours of graduate course work as an undergraduate student…with no additional cost! For more information click here.

What about accreditation?

As a university we meet the highest accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission. The Modern Foreign Language Education program meets certification requirements set by the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability.

Are there scholarships available?

Nearly 100% of our full-time, undergraduate residential students receive ORU grants and scholarships through academic achievement and through ORU’s premier scholarship opportunity of our Quest Whole Leader Scholarship.

Quest Whole Leader Scholarship

General ORU Scholarships and Financial Aid

College of Education Scholarships (Applications available every spring for current ORU College of Education candidates)


David Farnsworth
Chair and Instructor of Spanish and Translation/Interpreting

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