Christian Colleges with Foreign Language Majors

Students can study a variety of foreign languages at Methodist, Catholic, Presbyterian and other Christian-affiliated colleges. Here we discuss a handful of these schools, the programs they offer, their tuition rates and more.

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While Spanish and French are among the most common foreign language majors, students can also pursue majors in Italian, Japanese and other foreign languages from different Christian colleges and universities. These schools offer unique bachelor's degree programs and span from coast to coast. Find out about some of these schools and their foreign language majors.

School Comparison

The 4-year Christian schools that offer foreign language majors are affiliated with a wide range of denominations. In the table below, explore some of these schools' denominations along with their locations and tuition rates.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
Gordon College 4-year, private not-for-profit Interdenominational Wenham, MA $36,740
Covenant College 4-year, private not-for-profit The Presbyterian Church in America Lookout Mountain, GA $33,170
Villanova University 4-year, private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Villanova, PA $51,284
Calvin College 4-year, private not-for-profit Christian Reformed Church Grand Rapids, MI $33,100
Seattle Pacific University 4-year, private not-for-profit Free Methodist Seattle, WA $40,893

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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Description of Christian Colleges with Foreign Language Majors

Students studying a foreign language at a Christian college typically study the literature of that language as well as the culture of the people who speak it. Students trying to decide between schools may wish to consider available study abroad opportunities, school sizes and/or spiritual growth opportunities. Learn about some of these factors and what makes a few of these schools unique.

Gordon College

According to the NCES, Gordon College in Massachusetts had close to 1,660 undergraduate students in 2016. The college offers bachelor's degree programs in French and Spanish. Each of them requires at least a semester abroad. Students studying French can also pursue a concentration in francophone studies, and those studying Spanish have the opportunity to get involved with local Spanish-speaking churches and communities. Students can grow in their faith during weekly chapel services and DEEP FAITH week (campus-wide worship and prayer) as well as through involvement in spiritual formation groups, small groups, local and global service opportunities and Catacombs (worship gatherings).

Covenant College

Covenant College in Georgia provides students with minor and major programs in Spanish, French and German. Students at the college can also take up to four semesters of Arabic (dialects include modern Arabic and Egyptian) and/or two semesters of Chinese. Foreign language students can participate in study abroad opportunities, and Spanish majors can interact with local Spanish-speaking communities. The college had a little over 1,000 undergraduates in 2016, per the NCES. Spiritual life on campus consists of chapel services, spiritual conferences and student organizations, like Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Reformed University Fellowship.

Villanova University

Campus ministry at Villanova University consists of Catholic worship and opportunities for service, social justice advocacy and community. Students looking to get involved in spiritual communities can attend activities like spiritual retreats, the Sports and Spirituality program, Get Real small groups and Theology on Tap speaker series. The university offers bachelor's degree programs in French and francophone studies, Russian language and cultural studies, Spanish and Italian. There's also an Arabic language and cultural studies minor. In addition to language, these programs explore the culture, literature, history and/or politics of the people who speak these languages. The NCES reported that Villanova University had about 7,000 undergraduates in 2016.

Calvin College

Calvin College in Michigan offers a very unique range of foreign language majors and minors in Spanish, French, Dutch, Korean, Japanese, German and Chinese. The college also has minors available in Greek and Latin. The Dutch program is supported by the local Dutch community in Grand Rapids and allows students to attend Dutch chapel and study abroad in the Netherlands. The college had a little over 3,800 undergraduates in 2016, according to the NCES. The school's website reports that the institution offers over 190 chapel services each year, has more than 50 student leaders overseeing worship and Bible studies and has a variety of service-learning opportunities.

Seattle Pacific University

Located in the state of Washington, Seattle Pacific University had just under 3,100 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES. Students at the university can earn a minor or major in French, Spanish or Russian studies as well as take courses in Mandarin Chinese. The foreign language degree programs require students to study abroad in order to be immersed in their chosen language of study. Although it may not be considered a foreign language, the school also offers a bachelor's degree in classics with a language emphasis track in Latin.

While on campus, students can further develop their spiritual lives through worship and discipleship opportunities with Campus Ministries and/or leadership development and service through the John Perkins Center. The university also has a range of spiritual resources for students through its Center for Worship.

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