This is the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, approximately 1063' high. The Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognizable structures in the world.
The Castle of Neuschwanstein, a 19th century Bavarian palace, is build on a rugged hill in southwest Bavaria. The exterior of the building is the most photographed building in Germany.
The Grand Canal in Venice is a major water-traffic corridor, approximately 3800 meters long, and making a large S-shape through the central districts of the city.
Lake Lucerne, the fourth largest lake in Switzerland, reaches from the city of Lucerne into the mountains.

Welcome Students

The ability to communicate well is a skill that is highly valued across a wide range of careers and academic pursuits. When you earn a bachelor degree in the English literature, writing, or English education, you gain skills you can use as a professional writer, editor, publisher, or teacher. Graduates have successful careers in public relations, journalism, advertising, government service, and business or undertake graduate work in areas such as law, library science, literature, education, or theology.

Proficiency in a modern foreign language can prepare you to communicate across cultural and national barriers. A major or minor in Spanish, French, or Modern Hebrew can be used for careers in business, government, education, entertainment, media, ministry, and non-profit work. Not only can you develop oral proficiency in a foreign language, but you'll also broaden your knowledge of the literature written in that language and the culture of those who speak it. New in 2014 is Mandarin Chinese, which can meet the foreign language requirement for B.A. degrees.

 A few special features of our programs include the following:

  • Study abroad for a semester or a year, perhaps at Oxford, Cambridge, or in Spain or France.
  • Spend time with others students studying the same foreign language through joining a club.
  • Enroll in specialty courses such as C.S. Lewis and the Inklings, Early Christian Literature, Multicultural Literature, and American Nature Writing.
  • Attend workshops and readings by professional poets and fiction writers and participate in annual literary workshops and events.
  • Publish in the literary journal Promethia and/or present your work at local poetry readings.
  • Minister to others as you develop your foreign language skills by participating in a local internship program.
  • Participate in the annual Walden Weekend, an opportunity to commune with nature and focus on writing and literature.


The English programs seek to improve the students' understanding of the English language, to introduce the world's great literature, and to enable them to relate their Christian faith to their culture.

The English programs prepare students to be effective thinkers and communicators. It also prepares students for careers in writing, editing, publishing, and teaching, as well as providing foundations for journalism, public relations, advertising, government service, business and graduate work in law, library service, medicine, and theology.

One of the surest marks of an educated person is the ability to handle the English language with grace and precision. Indeed, skill in language is a prerequisite in almost any occupation or profession, and familiarity with literature is an essential part of a liberal arts education.

Modern Foreign Languages

Students can select majors in French or Spanish, and minors in French, Hebrew, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish. Students can fulfill the university’s foreign language requirement with any of those languages, or with German or Mandarin Chinese. The foreign languages programs strive to develop intellectually alert and socially adept graduates who are prepared to go into "every person's world" with their language communication abilities.  Equipped with practical language skills, students are also challenged to be spiritually alive to the needs and concerns of the people whose language they are studying.

In each foreign language course offered, from the beginning 101 level to the senior paper course, students deepen their knowledge and understanding of the history and culture of the people who speak their target language as they develop their foreign language communication skills.

Students are also encouraged at each stage of foreign language study to develop ways to apply their commitment to Jesus Christ to the situations of the people native to their language study. Thus, whether students take only the foreign language courses that fulfill the ORU general education requirement or choose to major or minor in a foreign language, all are prepared to minister God's healing power for the totality of human need--in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner.

Go to Language Lab & Cultural Center.

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