Department of Foreign Languages

Knowledge of a foreign language enables students to deepen their understanding of another culture while learning to appreciate diverse influences on American culture. The study of a foreign language develops communication skills, heightens cultural awareness, improves career opportunities and encourages precision in thought and expression.

The Department of Foreign Languages offers 14 minors : French, French Area Studies, German, Hebrew, Hispanic Area Studies, Italian, Italian Area Studies, Italian for Music Majors, Japanese, Linguistics, Russian, Russian Area Studies, Spanish, Spanish for Health Professionals. Courses are multi-faceted and encompass foreign cultures, literature, grammar, history, art and music. Our professors have a wealth of expertise as published authors, researchers, travelers and educators.

Why Study Foreign Languages?
  • To increase employment possibilities, broaden skills and aid in career advancement
  • To gain insight into foreign cultures, history, government, politics, art music and literature
  • To read primary works in the sciences, arts, politics and government, as well as business, economics and international trade
  • To make foreign travel more meaningful and enjoyable
  • To facilitate international communication, strengthen ties with foreign governments and peoples and help further cultural and business contacts
  • To better appreciate the cultural diversity of the community
Diploma Recognition for Foreign Language Study

All students who graduate from LIU Post may receive special recognition for acquiring skills in a foreign language. If you earn an overall grade of C or higher in four or more French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian or Spanish courses at LIU Post, you will receive a special certificate and a permanent notation on your transcript that reads “Citation of Achievement in a Foreign Language.”

Career Opportunities

In today’s job market there is an ever-growing need for people who speak more than one language. Graduates with skills in foreign language find positions in business, teaching and government including the FBI, CIA, foreign trade, international business, communications, the media, banking, publishing and airlines.  Social and psychology workers and doctors also need foreign languages to carry out their duties. The list is endless, and the career possibilities for our students with foreign language skills are continually expanding. Fields such as computer science, political science and graduate studies in humanities and science often require foreign language examinations and skills.


Language Immersion

Experiencing the history and culture of a region and meeting the people who speak the native tongue is a fundamental part of becoming fluent in a foreign language. Through LIU Global, students have the opportunity to learn languages through full immersion through semesters at our Costa Rica, Spain, or Italian centers.


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Nathaniel Bowditch, Dean

Joan Ruckel
Executive Assistant to the Dean