Department of Languages and Cultures

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Department of Languages and Cultures

Languages and Cultures

A career found in translation

It's not just further studying a language, it's immersing yourself into a different culture and making yourself more marketable for a wide-variety career options. Among the areas aided by a strong language and cultures background include finance, marketing, government, digital forensics and law.

Department Chairperson
  Christopher Donahue | 570-389-4714
Department Secretary
  Roni Naparstack | 570-389-4750

Languages and Cultures
227 Old Science Hall
Office: 570-389-4750
Fax: 570-389-3992

Bloomsburg University's Languages and Cultures program prepares students for variety of career choices in education, international relations, global business, as well as entry into graduate school. BU offers courses in three critical languages — Arabic, Chinese, and Russian — that have been identified as important to America’s economic and national interests.

Language Majors

Currently, the program has 10 full-time professors and offers specializations in the following languages:

  • Arabic — Arabic speakers are in greater demand than ever before. The U.S. State Department has named Arabic a “critical language,” creating scholarships for language study in the U.S. and overseas.
  • Chinese — Chinese is spoken by more than one billion people, nearly a quarter of the world's population. The People's Republic of China currently boasts the fastest growing economy in the world and is widely regarded as potentially the biggest global market in the 21st century.
  • French — French is one of the most spoken languages in the word, with about 115 million native speakers. It's an official language in 29 countries, among them France, Belgium, Canada and Switzerland. Unofficially, French is known as the lingua franca of the culinary world.
  • German — German is the official national language in three countries with widely diverse cultural, political, and economic traditions: The Federal Republic of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. More Europeans (approximately 100 million) are native speakers of German than of any other language. Germany has the largest economy is America's top trading partner in Europe.
  • Russian — Russian is spoken in Russia and former Soviet republics. It represents the rich heritage of cultures and growing economies of Eastern Europe. Learning Russian gives students a tremendous edge in today’s world.
  • Spanish — Of the more than 400 million native Spanish speakers of Spanish in the world, more than 38 million live in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the United States is now the world's fourth largest “Spanish-speaking” country.

Additionally, courses are offered in these languages:

  • Italian — Italy is one of the centers of Western Civilization and is essential for the study of history, literature, music, art, business, economics, political science and literature.
  • Latin — Latin can be more than the best means to achieve excellent training and preparation for future challenges. Studying a classic language can also be the springboard to a lifelong experience with literature, philosophy and culture.
  • Middle East Studies — 18-credit minor will be supported by several departments within the College and will provide a firm multidisciplinary grounding in the region, its history and culture, and its international relations.

As a languages and cultures major ...

Languages and Cultures You have access to faculty with years of teaching experience in foreign languages and who are active researchers participating in state, national and international conferences and study projects. By learning a foreign language, you will ...

  • discover the gateway to global understanding
  • increase employment opportunities in a global economy
  • write and communicate better in your native language
  • sharpen cognitive functions and enhance life skills
  • improve chances of entry in graduate school
  • appreciate international literature, music, and film
  • make travel more feasible and enjoyable
  • be able to study abroad in non-English-speaking countries
  • deepen your understanding of yourself and your own culture