English & Modern Languages


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's degree in English Literature, English Literature with a Professional Education Concentration, or Writing, 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 French, Spanish, or Translation/Interpreting can be used for careers in business, education, entertainment, government, journalism/media, ministry, and non-profit work. We also offer minors in Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, and Hebrew, as well as an Education concentration option for those majoring in Spanish or French. Not only will you develop oral proficiency in a foreign language, but you will also broaden your knowledge of the literature written in that language and the culture of those who speak it.  

  • If you have never taken a class in the language you wish to study, start with the 101 course.
  • 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  (the test costs $10 and takes about 15-20 minutes).
      • For Arabic, Chinese, or Hebrew: Please contact the EML Department at languages@oru.edu or by calling 918.495.6774


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

  • Study abroad for a semester or a year in England, France, Spain, Costa Rica, Chile, Israel, or another destination of your choice.
  • 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.
  • Pi Delta Phi, national French honor society. 

For more information, click on the various links above or contact the English and Modern Languages Department at languages@oru.edu or by calling 918.495.6774.