Covenant College, The denominational college of the PCA

Foreign Language

  • Would you like to become more connected with our global community?
  • Have you considered how you could become a more effective witness for Christ in other cultures?
  • Would you like to be able to communicate with citizens of other countries when you travel abroad?
  • Do you want to have a linguistic advantage in the job market?


We can help you make these goals a reality in your life!


The goals of the foreign language department are to aid students in:

  • gaining knowledge and appreciation of languages other than English; that is, their linguistic structure and the cultures and literatures that make use of these languages;
  • achieving an appropriate level of proficiency in each of the four language skills: understanding, speaking, reading, and writing;
  • reaching some understanding of language as an important aspect of man's being created in the image of God, and a basic means of expressing God's love and salvation in a meaningful and personal way.


Four semesters of Arabic study (Modern Standard Arabic, with some exposure to Egyptian and other dialects) enable students to converse at a basic level on everyday topics and read and write at a beginning intermediate level. Horizons expand as students become familiar with the very different structure and writing system of this non-European language and learn something about the cultures and worldviews of its speakers.


Chinese students in Elementary Mandarin Chinese are studying everyday functional Chinese by following the adventures of several animated video characters as they make friends, travel around Beijing, eat out in restaurants, study, etc. In the process they learn to speak and engage in dialogues, read and write Chinese, starting at the beginning level and progressing to the beginning intermediate level in two semesters.


French students at Covenant are excited about learning not only the structure and vocabulary of the language, but also the fascinating differences in modern French culture and society. The advanced students study the details of correct French pronunciation and the richness of French literature during the 16th through the 18th centuries. Our students take advantage of study-abroad opportunities in Aix-en-Provence in southern France.


German students at Covenant are immersed in the rich culture of German-speaking Europe whether in conversation or in film studies, history or literature. With opportunities for service to the largest language group in Europe with MTW in eastern Berlin and study abroad during the academic year or in the summer, students are provided with additional incentives for further language development.


Spanish is becoming ever more popular and useful even here in our own nation. Even the beginning student has ample opportunity to practice with native speakers of Spanish, either here on campus or in the Chattanooga / Northwest Georgia community. You will learn conversational skills and structure in the beginning and intermediate levels, as well as interesting cultural information about the Spanish-speaking world. In the advanced levels you will study the structure, stylistics, literature, phonetics, culture, civilization, conversation and other aspects of the language in-depth.


Programs, Courses, and Requirements



Ellie Groenendyk

Ellie Groenendyk '16 describes her time studying abroad in Spain, including joining a Spanish kayaking club.

Holly Randolph

"I’ve always liked studying languages and I love that I get the opportunity to speak in Spanish every day. The professors in my major are great, too. There have been several times when I’ve met with them to discuss my plans after graduation and they’re always willing to give me advice and talk about their experience with continuing their Spanish education after college."
 - Spanish major Holly Randolph '17