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World Languages

Language connects us. It allows us to adventure confidently into the global community, whether abroad or in our own backyard. Learning about languages and other cultures offers a new perspective, making us more intentional witnesses for Christ. In our department, we equip students to cultivate linguistic and cultural proficiency to appreciate and engage thoughtfully with diverse communities around the world.

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Program Overview

The world languages department offers majors and minors in French and Spanish. We also provide beginner and intermediate level courses in American Sign Language (ASL) and linguistics as well as Greek and Hebrew courses in collaboration with the biblical and theological studies department. 

We adhere to a rigorous curriculum that fosters critical thinking, effective communication, and a deep understanding specifically of the Hispanic and Francophone worlds. Committed to a Reformed theology, we promote cultural humility and sensitivity by learning from service and authentic language and culture experiences. 

Our students are taught to explore with curiosity and generosity the complexity of the fallenness and beauty of different peoples, languages, and cultures. Each semester we offer cultural and linguistic opportunities for language students of all levels to engage with Hispanic and Francophone communities in Chattanooga. Through our program, we prepare our students to be lifelong learners and effective communicators in a diverse and interconnected world.

Graduate Outcomes

The following are a few of the positions that our for world language students have acquired:

  • Missionary to Senegal, Mission to the World
  • Assistant Lecturer in English, Universite de Nantes, France
  • Founder, French Learning Center for Homeschooling
  • French Teacher, Chattanooga Christian School
  • World Harvest Church Planter, Spain
  • Administrative Assistant in German & English, Volkswagen
  • English as a Second Language Teacher, EC Boston
  • Spanish Teacher, Chattanooga Christian School

Alumni have also pursued graduate studies:

  • Brown University
  • Middlebury College
  • Cornell University, Summer Institute of Linguistics
  • University of Georgia Law School
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Indiana University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Edinburgh (Scotland)
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Studying Spanish at Covenant provides students with the opportunity to not only develop new linguistic skills while acquiring knowledge of the beauty and complexity of languages and cultures, but Covenant is also uniquely positioned to provide students with opportunities to engage with the Spanish-speaking community locally and globally while extending Christ-like hospitality to those around us.
Dr. Brianne Stambaugh

Associate Professor of Spanish/World Languages

Programs & Features

For French and Spanish majors, the department offers a variety of courses in culture, conversation, literature, structure and writing taught in the world language. Majors in French or Spanish can lead to career opportunities in linguistics, business, missions, government, theology, art history, teaching, travel, journalism, or law.

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A major in another field plus proficiency in a foreign language greatly enhances marketability and opportunities for career development.

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Students who are interested in teaching French or Spanish can enroll in the one-year Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) at Covenant College after completing their BA in their selected language.

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The certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) explores the fields of education, linguistics, English, and foreign languages to better understand how languages work and how to effectively teach a foreign or second language.

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  • FRE 220 Gender, Ethnicity, and Religion in Contemporary France
  • FRE 230 Introduction to French Cinema
  • SPA 361 Hispanic Culture through the Media Arts
  • SPA 390 Don Quixote Against the World
  • LIN 210 Methods in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 
  • ASL 201 Intermediate American Sign Language I

  • “What’s the Verdict Regarding the Function and Usage of Slang”
  • “The Chicano Movement: Social Justice and Identity in Mexican-American Activism”
  • “An Exploration of Cultural Identity in North African Francophone Literature”
  • “A Study of Eighteenth Century French Botanical Exploration Efforts in North America”
  • “Educational Challenges of English Language Learners”
  • “German Giant Volkswagen and its Impact on the Outside World’s View of Germany and the Germans”

Guided Capstone Requirements

One semester of prior-approved study abroad is required for all world language majors. Any student electing to study abroad for a semester or summer in an approved program of study is encouraged to do so after the intermediate level in order to profit more effectively from the experience. Typically, a student takes four courses during the study abroad semester.

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The Language Lab offers students opportunities to meet with French or Spanish tutors, many of which are native speakers. The goal is to create an environment that simulates immersion, where students are able to develop relationships with tutors and glean from their linguistic and cultural experiences. 

  • The Language Lab also provides:
  • Movie and game nights
  • Weekly conversation tables
  • International television channels
  • Online language drills
  • Audio recording software 

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Meet the World Languages Faculty

brianne stambaugh

Brianne Stambaugh Associate Professor of Spanish

deborah forteza

Deborah Forteza Associate Professor of Spanish

lindsay saunds

Lindsay Saunds Adjunct Professor of Spanish

bryant white

Bryant White Assistant Professor of French

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Graduate School of Education

Undergraduate Departments, Majors, Minors, Certificates, Concentrations, and Programs

Academic Certificates

  • Arts Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability
  • Journalism and Society
  • Medical Ethics Consultation
  • Neuroscience
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


  • Art, 2-D Concentration 
  • Art, 3-D Concentration 
  • Art, Art History Concentration 
  • Art, Graphic Design Concentration 
  • Art, Photography Concentration 
  • Art minor
  • Art History minor

Biblical & Theological Studies

  • Biblical & Theological Studies 
  • Biblical & Theological Studies, Missions Concentration 
  • Biblical & Theological Studies minor
  • Biblical Languages minor
  • History of Christianity minor
  • Missions minor
  • Youth Ministry minor


  • Biology, Biomedical Concentration 
  • Biology, Environmental Concentration 
  • Biology, General 
  • Biology, Health Professions Concentration 
  • Biology minor


  • Business 
  • Business, Accounting Concentration 
  • Business, Finance Concentration 
  • Business, Marketing Concentration 
  • Sport Management 
  • Business minor
  • Sport Management minor


  • Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration 
  • Chemistry, General 
  • Biochemistry minor
  • Chemistry minor

Community Development

  • Community Development 
  • Community Development minor

Computer Science

  • Computer Science 
  • Computer Science minor


  • Economics 
  • Economics minor


  • Education Studies 
  • Elementary Education (P-5) 
  • Secondary Education Certifications through MAT program 
  • Education minor

Engineering 3:2 Program

  • Natural Science, Pre-Engineering Studies Concentration


  • English 
  • English, Writing Concentration 
  • English minor
  • Writing minor

Health, Wellness and Coaching

  • Coaching minor

History, Politics, and International Studies

  • History 
  • History, Art History Concentration 
  • Political Science 
  • International Studies 
  • History minor
  • Political Science minor

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Interdisciplinary Studies with Concentrations 


  • Mathematics 
  • Mathematics minor


  • Music, Church Music Concentration 
  • Music, Creative Studies Concentration 
  • Music, General Music Concentration 
  • Music, Instrumental Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Music Education (Pre-MAT) Concentration 
  • Music, Organ Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Piano Pedagogy Concentration 
  • Music, Piano Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Vocal Performance Concentration 
  • Music minor


  • Philosophy 
  • Philosophy minor


  • Physics 
  • Physics minor

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law Studies 
  • Pre-Medical Studies 
  • Pre-Nursing Studies 
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies 


  • Psychology 
  • Psychology minor


  • Sociology 
  • Sociology, Family Studies & Social Work Concentration 
  • Sociology minor


  • Theatre minor

World Languages

  • French 
  • Spanish 
  • French minor
  • Spanish minor