Languages and linguistics are about more than the languages spoken or taught. They’re about communicating across cultures in a Christ-like manner.
The Department of World Languages and Cultures prepares graduates to use their language skills to understand, interact with, and serve with people from other cultures. You'll learn to see God’s diverse world from new perspectives, and become a globally aware graduate prepared to culturally engage with communities from a thoughtful, Christian perspective.
Majors, Minors, and Programs
|Spanish Education K-12||Major|
|Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)||Major|
|Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) K-12||Major|
|Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Minor||Minor|
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Language and Linguistic Programs Focused on Compassionate Communication
The world languages and cultures programs at Bethel give students the global perspective they need to communicate with Christ-like compassion and be learners and explorers of God’s diverse world. Through stepping out of your comfort zone via service learning projects, classroom interactions, and study abroad programs, you’ll be prepared to take your place in the global community of the 21st century. It’s about taking our faith in Christ and integrating it into everything we learn, into everything we do, and to everywhere we go, so that we can accomplish incredible things—in our careers, in our communities, and in our world.
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Live with a host family, serve, and take classes in Guatemala or Spain; teach English in South Korea or Ecuador; or learn about Bible translation and community development with linguists from across the globe. Internships are built into our study abroad and other off-campus programs so you can gain real-world experience in your future professional field.
Focus on justice and reconciliation
Deepen your faith as you wrestle with topics pertaining to intercultural understanding, justice from a Christian perspective, and current issues in the U.S. and abroad. Gain a broad perspective in the languages you’re learning so that you’re prepared to make an impact in the communities you’ll serve after graduation.
Prepare for the global marketplace
Students who speak multiple languages and have extended immersion experiences are desired in any field, and many of our language education students find jobs in their field upon or before graduation.
You’ll learn from professors who bring real experience to the classroom and are experts in their field. They are highly competent linguists and culturally competent instructors who integrate Christian principles and cultural experiences into their courses. Classes are typically small, allowing for individual attention and mentorship.
Strong Christian commitment
Through each class, semester abroad, or service opportunity, you’ll learn what it means to understand others’ perspectives in order to communicate with people of other cultures in a Christ-like manner.
Bethel partners with the Summer Institute of Linguistics at the University of North Dakota (UND) to offer a complete linguistics degree during three academic years on the Bethel campus and two summer sessions at UND. We also partner with Students International and the Centro Lingüístico Maya in Antigua, Guatemala, as well as with the Centro de Estudios Hispánicos in Segovia, Spain, to offer semester-length programs abroad.
Get involved in local, multicultural communities and interact with native and heritage speakers of the languages you’re studying.
The rich and diverse educational scene in the Twin Cities offers students valuable practicum and student teaching opportunities in bilingual and immersion schools and in community programs with immigrants. You can also get paid to serve as a teaching/research assistant and a language tutor right here at Bethel.
My professors at Bethel were not only influential during my time as a student, but they remain voices of inspiration, encouragement, and guidance fiver years later. Their friendship has been one of the greatest gifts of my education at Bethel.Maren Telsey '09
Grad school: Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology
I am so thankful to be a part of Bethel's nursing program. The program is preparing me to take my nursing career to a more comprehensive professional level, pushing me to drive best practices through research and leadership.Heather Jensen '15
The philosophy department at Bethel exposed me not only to challenging intellectual ideas, but also to new ways of thinking and learning. The experience helped to prepare me for the rigorous academic requirements of both law school and legal practice.Eva Rodelius '10
Current job: Associate Attorney at Carson, Clelland & Schreder
Bethel's doctoral program is life-transforming! My passion for education was transformed into an extra ordinary achievement through the faith based curriculum offered and the dedication of the ever caring and encouraging instructors. My dream of servant leadership was fulfilled.Toke Olatoye '14
Current job: Chemistry teacher
I felt unqualified for what God was calling me to. Bethel encouraged me to become qualified.Melissa Nikovics '15
Grad School: Bethel University M.A. in Counseling Psychology
I made several significant connections with professors in the counseling psychology program and am thankful for their investment in my career. The program provided an excellent foundation for my current role as a career counselor.Nicole Centanni '09
Current job: Career Counselor at Bethel University, Retreat Facilitator at The Urban Retreat
My education in the Athletic Training Program truly prepared me for my future beyond college. The faculty and staff in the program are phenomenal, and I am so blessed to have had each and every one of them!Michelle Rabedeaux 2014
Current job and grad school: PRN Athletic Trainer at Accelerated Rehab Systems; Doctor of Physical Therapy student at Des Moines University
I loved attending Bethel. From the moment I started attending Bethel, I knew the faculty were invested in me. They cared about me, prayed for me, and genuinely wanted to see me succeed.Nanette Vogel '14
Current job: Clinical Development Specialist
Getting my master's at Bethel was convenient. All the classes were offered online, and I could choose a concentration. Also, I enjoyed the classes. They were a great study of best practices in education.Patty Boettcher '15
Current job: 4th Grade Teacher at International School in Genoa, Italy
The CAPS program has allowed me to pursue professional growth while continuing to work in my current position. I have enjoyed the cohort atmosphere, and find the professors to be knowledgeable and approachable.Pace Pfenning '15
Mathematically-talented Christians need to think of mathematics as a path in which they may live out their faith. We can use our knowledge to further God's kingdom and live as lights in this world.Megan Hawley '10
Current job: Data Scientist / Scientist III R&D, Honeywell Aerospace
At Bethel, integrating faith and learning isn't just talk. The faculty are working musicians bringing a Christian perspective to their everyday work. My education prompted deep thought about music's role in Christian experience and clarified my calling to share music.Nathan Cornelius '12
Grad school: Lilly Graduate Fellow pursuing Doctor of Musical Arts degree in guitar performance, concurrently with a Master of Music in music theory pedagogy, at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University; Earned M.M. in composition and guitar performance from the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver.
Professors always challenge us to think about how we’re going to apply what we’ve learned. That’s given me a lot of confidence to go out and use my knowledge and skills. I’ve realized I can affect change irrespective of my position in an organization. Since I started the program and using the principles at my job, I’ve been promoted twice.Richard Senyah '13
Rarely does a week go by when I don't draw upon, or pass along to others, something I learned from my professors at Bethel. The foundation I received in Bible, theology, history and practical ministry continually blesses me.Tim Morey '98
Current job: Pastor/Professor/Author
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Current job: Vice President of Marketing, Corum Group Ltd
What can I do with a degree in world languages and cultures?
World languages and cultures students prepare for professional careers in a variety of industries and graduate programs in fields ranging from teaching to missions.
World languages and cultures graduates are:
- Business people
- College professors
- Educational leaders at the local and state level
- Healthcare workers (doctors, nurses, therapists, physician assistants)
- Legal assistants
- Nonprofit employees
- Social workers
- Spanish teachers
- Teachers of English to speakers of other languages in the U.S. and abroad
- Speech therapists
- Speech writers
Our alumni study:
Our alumni attend
- Bethel University Graduate School or Seminary
- Hamline University
- Middlebury College (Vermont and Madrid, Spain)
- Mitchell School of Law
- New York University (New York and Madrid, Spain)
- University of Minnesota (Duluth, Minnesota, and Twin Cities)
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- University of California-San Diego
- University of Texas-Austin