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Foreign Languages and Literatures has expanded. The main department remains in Major Williams Hall, but a portion of our faculty is housed in the Liberal Arts Building (formerly known as the Performing Arts Building) located next door.

We are a department of over 55 people working together for the education of students who want to use foreign languages and literatures and for research on a wide range of international topics. We teach over 3600 students annually and offer twelve languages: here students can study Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, ancient Greek, modern Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian and Spanish. We offer majors in Classical Studies, French, German, Russian, and Spanish and minors in these areas as well as Classical languages, Business French and Latin. Students will encounter excellent teachers (many of our faculty have won teaching awards) and researchers who are at the cutting edge of their fields. Approximately 300 students major in a language and over 600 have a minor.

Contact Information

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
331 Major Williams Hall (0225)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-5362
Fax: (540) 231-4812

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FLL Events

  • Enjoy a night of Arabic Music at the Lyric Theater: Wednesday, April 16, 6pm.  Free and open to the public.

  • Please join us for a lecture entitled "Arquitectura, violencia y literatura en Centroam√©rica"  by renowned Costa Rican novelist Fernando Contreras Castro on Monday, April 21, at 7pm in 340 Lavery Hall. Free and open to the public. Lecture will be in Spanish.

  • La Hora Hispanica - Spanish table. Come join us for an hour of conversation in Spanish! All levels are welcome! Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 at El Rodeo restaurant beginning January 29.

  • The German Program's Kaffeeklatsch will take place on January 31, February 28, and March 28 in the MAJWM Atrium from 4-5pm.

  • Tavola italiana -- All meetings at Next Door Bake Shop.
    Spring 2014 meeting dates: Friday, January 31 at 12:15, Friday, February 28 at 12:15, and Friday, March 28 at 12:15. Additional dates T.B.A.


Portuguese, Advanced Chinese and Advanced Arabic

Online Elementary Portuguese, Advanced Chinese, and Advanced Arabic classes available. Seats available on a first-come, first serve basis.

Student outreach programs

Outreach programs honoring the memory of Jamie Bishop and Jocelyne Couture-Nowak:
Teach for Jamie
Teach for Madame

Conversation courses for faculty and staff

Free conversation courses for faculty and staff are now offered through the Language and Culture Institute. For more information on this semester's offerings, click here.

FLL Information for Faculty and Staff

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