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Miriam Patterson

Miriam Patterson

Division of World Languages and Cultures
College of Arts and Science



  • EdD, Curriculum & Instruction, Bob Jones University
  • MS, Personnel Services, Bob Jones University
  • BA, French, Bob Jones University



Miriam Patterson was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and came to BJU as an international student to obtain not only a degree but also Christian education. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in French and minored in Business Administration. After graduation she worked as a paralegal and an accountant at a Law Firm in Orlando, Florida, while teaching Spanish part-time at a Christian school. The Lord impressed on her the desire to further her education and she came back to BJU to obtain a master’s degree in Personnel Services while being a Spanish Teaching GA. The Lord opened up the opportunity to stay on board at BJU and teach full time after completing her master's. She now teaches full time as a Spanish professor in the Modern Language Department. She defended her dissertation in August 2013 and obtained an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at BJU. She teaches courses like Grammar and Composition, Advanced Grammar and Composition, Conversation, Technical Spanish, Civilization of Latin America and Intermediate Spanish I and II. 

She speaks French, Spanish, and English and has some knowledge of Japanese and German. She and her husband have traveled with mission teams to Mexico and Japan and they also had the great opportunity to live in Paris, France, for a whole academic year for her husband's completion of his doctoral courses in French. Something interesting about them is that they do not speak English at home. She speaks Spanish to their children and her husband speaks French to them. Their motto at home is "No English Spoken Here" and they are happy to teach their children the beauty of languages and cultures and accepting and knowing other people.They travel often to visit other countries to learn from other cultures and to practice languages.