Department of Foreign Languages

It’s a small world. Open the door to global opportunities as you build your foreign language skills and gain a competitive advantage in today’s global marketplace.

At Towson, you will gain the linguistic capabilities needed to be a responsible citizen of the world. Study the language, literature and culture of a range of countries while developing your oral and written communication skills.

Our curriculum prepares you for language acquisition and written and oral proficiency that will serve you well throughout your life – from career-related language and cultural skills to preparing for teaching or graduate study to linguistic enrichment. Course work helps you to relate to people of different cultures and to communicate successfully in a variety of contexts.

In-person learning, web-enhanced courses and experiential learning through study abroad immersion, practicum, internships, and independent study opportunities reinforce the acquisition of new knowledge. Service learning and civic engagement are emphasized in the development of critical analysis, problem-solving, teamwork and effective oral and written communication skills necessary in the 21st century workplace.

Faculty members are scholars committed to excellence in teaching and to maintaining, advancing and disseminating knowledge of languages, cultures and literature to students and to the development of their teaching capabilities.


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Placement in a Foreign Language

It is the responsibility of each student to take the Placement Exam. We are currently in the process of expanding the exam to cover more languages, but at this time only Spanish and German are available.