The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Radford University offers instruction in seven languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Latin, Russian and Spanish.  Why do RU students choose to learn a language and its target culture in our department? Our classes are comparatively small, and through individual and hands-on classes, we can know and care about our students who establish close dynamic relationships with their instructors. Students also build meaningful friendships with other students studying our languages. FORL study teaches students core skills rooted in the humanities that are transferable to myriad careers: critical thinking and careful close analysis of texts, research based on persuasive written and oral communication, as well as cross-cultural and cross-historical understanding.

Foreign language study at RU can also set students apart from the rest by complimenting a second major.  In the twenty-first century, the ability to understand, speak, read, and write in world languages, in addition to English, is critical to success in fields related to business, medical, criminal justice, research, and international relations. The United States needs more people to speak languages other than English, and to become familiar with the other cultures, in order to provide social and legal services for a changing population.

Students who study a foreign language go on to do amazing things, regardless of whether life after Radford University involves further FL study on the graduate level: various professional schools, top-notch employment at home and abroad, and terrific travel opportunities around the world.

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Foreign Languages & Literatures News

  1. CHBS seniors honored as Dean’s Scholars »


    The College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (CHBS) celebrated 12 outstanding seniors with family, faculty and friends at the CHBS Graduation Reception on May 4.

  2. Accomplished poet to visit campus »


    Accomplished poet, translator and essayist Rosa Alice Branco will give a Portuguese poetry reading and host a discussion on her work “The Cattle of the Lord” at 7 p.m. on April 17 in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences 1006.

  3. Student-athlete alumna used foreign language, golf to unlock career »


    From across the pond, Kirsty Condon ’14 left the home that she knew to explore a new culture – something she always dreamed of doing.