The Department of Applied Foreign Languages grew out of the Center for Applied Foreign Languages, a center which started as an English teaching group within the Section of General Courses when the school was named Minghsin Junior College of Technology. In 1997 when the Section of General Courses changed to the Center for General Education, this English teaching group, too, was renamed the English Section. Later, it developed into the Center for Applied Foreign Languages under the Division of General Education when the school was upgraded to Minghsin University of Science and Technology in 2002. Over time, the Center had grown to such an extent as to approximate a department in terms of size and specialty. Thus, in 2007, when the Center for General Education changed to College of Humanities, Social and National Sciences, the Center was divided into the Department of Applied Foreign Languages and the Language Teaching Center.
The Department of Applied Foreign Languages was established in keeping with the internationalization imperative and for the purpose of cultivating foreign language professionals well equipped with academic theories and practical experience. It admits students to a four-year undergraduate program both in the Daytime Division and in the Division of Continuing Education.
Currently there are eleven full-time teachers in the Department—one professor, four associate professors, three assistant professors, and three lecturers. Among them are one American teacher , one Ph.D. in German language teaching , and one lecture in Japanese language teaching.
The Department is well equipped with language learning facilities. In addition to four language labs, there is one Little Theatre for oral training and drama performances and one Multimedia Computer Lab with a wealth of material to offer for computer conferencing and other computer-mediated collaborative language learning activities. All these facilities provide students with a diversity of space for language learning.