Bachelor of Arts Degree

Program Overview

Research has proven that the study of a foreign language enhances and increases facility with one's own native language as well as one's overall cognitive skills. Modern foreign language majors at ORU are no exception and typically are outgoing, great communicators and demonstrate increased cognitive flexibility.

Conversing fluently, communicating effectively and problem-solving in diverse cultures, professions and social settings in spoken and written languages other than English are the objectives of the modern languages curriculum at ORU. Students develop their foreign language linguistic skills and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the history and culture of the people who speak that language. At all stages of their study, students are encouraged to develop ways to apply their commitment to Jesus Christ to the situations of the people whose language they are studying.

In addition to the major in Spanish, we offer Spanish with a Concentration in Professional Education, as well a Spanish focus in Translation and Interpreting. Spanish is also offered as a minor. All foreign language majors are encouraged to participate in a study abroad program during their sophomore or junior year. Study abroad courses offer exciting opportunities to gain valuable cultural insights as well as earn academic language credit.

At ORU, the Spanish major offers courses in language, literature, and culture, as well as professional courses such as Spanish for Business, and Spanish for Medical Professions. Students also have the opportunity to participate in service learning and professional internships.

Professional education concentration

The Professional Education concentration is designed to equip students to earn teacher certification and teach French in private and public elementary, middle or high schools. This meets the State of Oklahoma's requirements for a teaching license. Classes examine Biblical principles of teaching as well as provide concepts needed for language learning, instruction and the historical background of the teaching of modern language. Students participate in discussions on foreign language in the elementary school, immersion programs and present issues concerning high school programs.

"I chose to pursue a Spanish degree at ORU because I love Spanish, and I think it will be very relevant in the future. My teachers have been helpful and knowledgeable.

"ORU offers excellent study abroad programs, and by being involved with others in the department I've gotten to hear great stories about their experiences. I've only heard positive things, and I can't wait to study abroad through ORU."

Student: Rebekah
Major: Spanish
Hometown: Stilwell, KS


Language Lab and Cultural Center (LLCC: )
The Language Lab and Cultural Center hosts foreign language learning resources and equipment including computers, books, magazines, movies, and other resources to aid students in their language learning. Lab assistants, proficient in the languages offered at ORU, are also available for tutoring and to practice the target language in conversation. Students can also work on a variety of activities in groups. The resources available at the LLCC are instrumental in developing language fluency.

Spanish club

The mission of the Spanish Club is to enrich students' appreciation of the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Club events offer opportunities to learn about culture and practice Spanish in innovative, exciting ways. The club also supports missions in Spanish-speaking countries.


The skill of foreign language fluency provides increased marketability and increases potential salary in the global business world. With a major in Spanish, careers are possible in:

  • Education
  • International and global businesses
  • Missions around the world
  • Government agencies, Foreign Service
  • Translation services
  • News/Journalism
  • Armed Forces linguistics
  • The travel industry
What do you have to look forward to?

Learning from faculty with advanced degrees in language and education ...studying abroad anywhere in the world with an established program ...embracing your responsibility and the opportunities to be involved in outreaches...being engaged in learning from your very first semester.

Course Offerings
  • Beginning - Intermediate Spanish
  • Phonetics and Conversation
  • Spanish Composition
  • Survey of Latin American Literature
  • Survey of Spanish Literature I + II
  • Business Spanish
  • Spanish for Medical Professions

Degree Plan

Degree in Three

Contact the English and Modern Language Department at 918.495.6774 or email