Department of World Language & Literature 

Houghton College maintains a long tradition of world language study to develop communicative competency. Multiple language fluency prepares students to impact society by building relationships across languages and cultures as globally engaged scholar-servants. Regardless of vocation, World language degree recipients are better equipped to accomplish the Great Commission to go into all the world with the Gospel message.

Students develop communicative skills through classroom interaction and target language media, conversation groups, language clubs, 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, Colombia, 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 & Spanish)
  • Spanish Studies Abroad – Spain and Argentina (formerly Center for Cross-Cultural Study)
  •  Central College Abroad (French & Spanish)
  • Chez Vous (Summer French in France)
  • Latin American Studies Program (Costa Rica)
  • Laval – Quebec (French)
  • Trinity in Spain (Spanish)

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)
  • Arabic Language 101
  • Conversational Swahili (Intercultural Studies Department)


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