Modern Languages and Cultures
The Modern Languages and Cultures Program offers minors in French Studies and Spanish Studies and the opportunity to create interdisciplinary majors and minors. By providing a range of courses in the language, culture, literature, film and business of the French- and Spanish-speaking worlds, the Modern Languages and Cultures program enables students to acquire proficiency in the target language, and to gain insights into other cultures.
Students are encouraged to gain practical experience outside the classroom by engaging in internships with international companies and agencies both in the USA and abroad.
The university’s mission and vision are at the center of the courses taught by the Department, especially global peace, social justice and community engagement through service learning.
Study Abroad is highly recommended and is a popular way for students to hone their language skills, experience living in another culture and undergo significant personal growth. Study Abroad programs are available in the French- and Spanish-speaking areas of the world and are open to all Notre Dame de Namur University students.
The Modern Languages and Cultures Program prepares the students for careers in international business, education, diplomacy, travel and translation.
NDNU admits students throughout the year for fall, spring and summer semesters. Please review the NDNU General Catalog for complete admission requirements.
Hélène Laroche-Davis, Professor of French, Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and Program Director, Day and Intensive Liberal Studies, at NDNU since 1965
BA, Université de Lyon France; MA, Université de Paris Sorbonne; Ph.D., Stanford University
Natashia Lopez-Gomez, Lecturer in Latin American Studies, at NDNU since 2006
BA, University of California, Berkeley; M.Ed., Harvard University
Lorenzo Giachetti, Lecturer in French and Italian, at NDNU since 2012
BA, Reed College; Ph.D., Stanford
Nelda Lazo-Fuentes, Lecturer in Spanish
Tel: 1(800) 263-0545 or
Fax: (650) 508-3426
M-Th 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
F 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.