World Languages 

Houghton College maintains a long tradition of world language study. Multiple language fluency prepares students to impact society by building relationships across languages and cultures as globally engaged scholar-servants. Regardless of vocation, students who study a World language are better equipped to reach out and serve those who speak a langauge other than English. 

Students develop communicative skills through classroom interaction and target language media, conversation groups, and deliberate interaction with native speakers on campus.  They gain valuable experience and academic credit through service-learning in May term courses and study abroad. Spanish majors are required to spend a semester studying abroad in countries such as:  Spain, Costa Rica, and Argentina and can complete this requirement through a variety of nationally recognized programs and institutions of Christian higher education:

  • BCA Study Abroad (French, German, & Spanish)
  • Spanish Studies Abroad – Spain and Argentina (formerly Center for Cross-Cultural Study)
  •  Central College Abroad (German & Spanish)
  • Chez Vous (Summer French in France)
  • Latin American Studies Program (Costa Rica)
  • Trinity in Spain (Spanish)
  • Houghton In Tanzania (Swahili)

For more information on the programs visit the Houghton College Off-Campus Studies webpage 


  • Spanish


  • Spanish
  • French and German minors can be arranged through study abroad and other arrangements.

Other Courses

  • French 101 and 102
  • German 101 and 102
  • Greek (Religion Department)
  • Hebrew (Religion Department)
  • Conversational Swahili (Tanzania Semester)


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