The mission of the Department of Foreign Languages and International Studies is to prepare students for life and work in the modern world where communication with people of other cultures and languages is becoming increasingly important. As a Christian university affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Harding University places a special emphasis on language training in preparation for missions and world-wide evangelism. Harding also prepares French and Spanish majors for careers in teaching languages in public and private schools.
Students may pursue foreign language study for missions preparation, cultural enrichment, research, personal pleasure, foreign travel, and careers where a foreign language is of value. Such careers include foreign missions, translation, government service, and international business and industry. Knowledge of a foreign language is considered an asset in many professions and careers in the United States, and employers who are considering applicants of otherwise similar qualifications often choose the one who can communicate in a foreign language.
For information on Harding summer campaigns, see Latin American Summer Mission Campaigns.