Majors and Programs
Houghton offers a major in Spanish, as well as minors in French, German, and Spanish. Students may choose a concentration in French or Spanish as an Education, Music, or Intercultural Studies major. Courses are offered Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, and Swahili. The Spanish major consists of 36 credit hours above the intermediate level; minors consist of 12 hours above the intermediate level. A semester abroad is required for the Spanish major.
Houghton College maintains a long tradition of foreign-language study, recognizing the liberating and enriching value of such an endeavor. In today’s global society, linguistic isolation has serious consequences for the economic and political health of our nation, but even more, it is a serious impediment to accomplishing the Great Commission, given to Christ’s church, to go into all the world with the message of the Gospel.
Broadening Your Educational Opportunities
Special opportunities on- and off-campus enrich the linguistic and cultural experiences of language majors.
- Off-campus summer or semester study opportunities for Spanish majors include studies in Costa Rica (Latin American Studies Program) and in Madrid, Barcelona, or Seville, Spain.
- On-campus enrichment opportunities include cross-disciplinary research projects and honors internships for academic credit.
- Extra-curricular activities include weekly language tables in the dining hall and field trips to a Spanish-speaking church, plus language club activities, both on- and off-campus.