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.


Language Placement:

Incoming freshman and transfer students: Please be sure to complete this placement assessment BEFORE you meet with your advisor on your day of orientation. If it's not complete when you meet with your advisor, you will delay the course selection process.

This assessment is not time consuming and it can even be completed on your mobile device.  

It is the responsibility of each student to complete the assessment. We are currently in the process of expanding the exam to cover more languages. 

Allow 24-48 hours for your score to upload to your student account.

If you want to have your score upload expedited, send an email to  with your name, TUID, language tested for, score, and date of completion.