English & Modern Languages

Roman Stadium in Arles, France

Welcome, students!


The ability to communicate well is a skill that is highly valued across a wide range of careers and academic pursuits. When you earn a bachelor degree in English literature,  writing, or English education, you gain skills you can use as a professional writer, editor, publisher, or teacher. Graduates have successful careers in public relations, journalism, advertising, government service, and business or undertake graduate work in areas such as law, library science, literature, education, or theology.

Modern Foreign Languages:

 Proficiency in a modern foreign language can prepare you to communicate across cultural and national barriers. A major in Spanish or French, or a minor in Chinese, French, Modern Hebrew, or Spanish can be used for careers in business, education, entertainment, government, journalism/media, ministry, and non-profit work. Not only can you develop oral proficiency in a foreign language, but you'll also broaden your knowledge of the literature written in that language and the culture of those who speak it. Students can also take German courses to meet the foreign language requirement for B.A. degrees.


  • If you have never taken a class in the language you wish to study, start in 101.
  • If you have transferred foreign language credit to ORU and want to continue in that language, start at the next ORU course. (Example: If you have transferred credit equivalent to French 102, enroll in the next ORU course, French 203).
  • If you have taken classes in the language you wish to study, but have not transferred credit to ORU:
      • For French and Spanish: Take the ORU Language Placement test:  https://www.perpetualworks.com/secure/register/student/  (The test costs $10, and takes about 15-20 minutes).
      • For Chinese: Please see one of the Chinese instructors--Prof. Jenny Fang (yfang@oru.edu) or Prof. Yabing Wang (ywang@oru.edu).
      • For German: Please see the German instructor--Prof. David Nagle (dnagle@oru.edu).


Students in our programs have exciting opportunities for professional and personal enrichment, such as:

  • Study abroad for a semester or a year, perhaps at Oxford, Cambridge, or in Spain or France.
  • French Club, Hebrew Club, Spanish Club.
  • Specialty courses such as C.S. Lewis and the Inklings, Early Christian Literature, Multicultural Literature, and American Nature Writing.
  • Workshops and readings by professional poets and fiction writers.
  • Annual literary workshops and events.
  • Student/faculty literary journal Promethia.
  • Internships and service learning.
  • Walden Weekend, an annual opportunity to commune with nature and focus on writing and literature.
  • Sigma Tau Delta, national English honor society.
  • Sigma Delta Pi, national Spanish honor society.