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.

Foreign lanuguage class

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.

Study Abroad

Students majoring or minoring in a foreign language are strongly urged to spend time in a country where the chosen language is spoken. The department enthusiastically supports programs offered through the university's Study Abroad Office. Choose from an exciting variety of options, including faculty-led programs, exchange, and affiliate programs.

Honor Societies

Practice speaking with your peers and gain a more in-depth knowledge of countries and cultures by joining a foreign language honor society.


The department offers a number of scholarships to students who show academic promise. Learn more about available funding.