Welcome to the Language Studies Department!

Courses in modern foreign languages meet the needs of students in several major programs which require one or two years of language study.

The department also offers minors in: French, Spanish, and Linguistics. Courses in other languages, such as Japanese and Latin, are offered when there is sufficient student interest.

Hallmarks of language study at JBU include exposure to actual language use and the use of information technology for out-of-class practice. Students may attend the Latin American Studies Program in Costa Rica (offered by the CCCU). These programs are tailored to JBU's curriculum.

Spanish majors spend a semester in Sevilla, Spain in a program operated by Trinity Christian College.

Katelin and Anna enjoy a ride in the parc in Seville, spring 2009    Sevilla Bridge

"The memory of being silenced and mistreated in Egypt, of being surrounded by unresponsive ears and a foreign tongue, was to have particular consequences for the life of the emerging Israelite community. The Law that provided the framework for their existence before God contains repeated reminders to pay careful attention to the alien, the stranger:

Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt. (Exod. 22:21; cf. 23:9) When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the Lord your God. (Lev. 19:33-34; cf. Deut. 10:19) Do not deprive the alien or the fatherless of justice, or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge. Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there. That is why I command you to do this. (Deut. 24:17; cf. 27:19)

Clearly, the Law takes Israel's treatment of the stranger very seriously. And who are these strangers? They are the immigrants, the temporary or permanent residents who have come from abroad, possibly to find shelter from a previous situation of exclusion or conflict.

Exodus 12:38 records that when the Israelites left Egypt, many other people went up with them. Thus the ethnic Israelites were not the sole beneficiaries of God's liberating acts: from the very moment the chosen people left Egypt, the ethnically different were in their midst. And so the promise to Abraham, that all of the distant nations would be blessed through him, comes very close to home, as the foreigner shares the same pilgrimage with the descendant of Abraham and eventually sets up home in the same promised land."

From The Gift of the Stranger: Faith, Hospitality, and Foreign Language Learning. David I. Smith and Barbara Carvill. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2000.