Southwestern Adventist University

Undergraduate Bulletin 2017-2018 PDF

Modern Languages


Director: Monica Kowarsch Gonzalez

Adventist Colleges Abroad Coordinator: Elizabeth Bowser

Adjunct: Ruth DePaiva, Junyu Zhang

Aims of the Program

Southwestern Adventist University strongly encourages students to study a foreign language.  Indeed, foreign language courses are a degree component of all B.A. programs at the University.  Southwestern currently offers courses in Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

According to the Council on Foreign Relations, education in the United States should focus on languages that will give Americans an economic competitive edge.  The top five languages recommended include Chinese and Portuguese.

The Spanish language has also gained importance and influence during the past two decades. More than 400 million people in twenty-five countries speak Spanish, and it has become the second most prevalent language in the United States.

A second language opens doors to both personal and professional development and can give recent graduates an advantage when seeking employment in both national and international organizations and corporations.

Program (Click for more info)

  • Minor in Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Arabic, Chinese, Italian and Hebrew
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Adventist Colleges Abroad

The Modern Language Department offers all students, whether majoring in languages or not, the opportunity to study overseas as part of their university education.  Normally this can fit into a four-year course of study without losing credits as a result.  Southwestern is a member of Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA), administered by the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Through this consortium, students are able to study a language in the actual homeland of that particular language.  Overseas campuses affiliated with ACA that provide foreign language instruction include:

Universidad Adventista del Plata, Argentina (Spanish; academic year only)

Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen, Austria (German)

Bahia Adventist College, Brazil (Portuguese)

Campus Advetiste du Saleve, France (French)

Friedensau Adventist University, Germany (German; academic year only)

Instituto Avventista Villa Aurora, Italy (Italian)

Middle East University, Lebanon (Arabic; academic year only)

Escuela Superior de Espanol, Spain (Spanish)

Jerusalem Study Center, Israel (Hebrew; summer only)

Taiwan Adventist College, Taiwan (Chinese, summer only)

Study overseas is coordinated through the History and Social Science department.  More information about application, courses, and logistics is available by visiting  The ACA Bulletin is also available at the Records Office and contains a listing of courses offered on each campus.


Chinese Courses (Click for more info)

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Portuguese Courses (Click for more info)

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Spanish Courses (Click for more info)

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