We're glad you are interested in foreign languages and international study at Harding. Whether you are a student, parent, or other interested party, we look forward to working with you to advance the study of languages and cultures and to further the work that God is doing around the world.
Our Mission Statement
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.
Every one of our faculty members has been involved in overseas mission work in some capacity. God is currently using us to reach people all over the world through summer campaigns in French-speaking Europe and in South America, as well as through the faculty and students who edit, translate or teach for various ministries. We also encourage students to participate in outreach here in the Searcy area, where opportunities abound for interaction with native speakers of other languages.
The Foreign Language Teacher Education Program at Harding University has been awarded nationally recognized status from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and CAEP, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (formerly NCATE). This program is among only 114 other schools in the nation to receive this recognition, placing the Foreign Language Department in the top 5% of foreign language departments of colleges and universities across the United States. It is also the only department among institutions associated with Churches of Christ with this distinction.
Chartered in February, 2013, the Harding chapter CHI NU #265 of PHI SIGMA IOTA, International Foreign Language Honor Society recognizes outstanding junior and senior Departmental Majors and Minors. Phi Sigma Iota is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. The Honor Society recognizes outstanding ability and achievement in the study of, or teaching of, any of the academic fields related to foreign language, literature, and culture.