Foreign Languages

Bachelor of Arts, World and Classical Languages and Cultures

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Department Overview

The objective of the department is to provide students with cultural and linguistic competency in a foreign language. This includes conveying to students knowledge and understanding of a different language, people and culture, and to give them a method of viewing the world with a broader perspective. This objective is focused on students developing the ability to communicate on various levels in the target language and to gain an appreciation of cultural products and perspectives of speakers of other languages.

Degree Objectives

  • Learn fundamental skills of listening, speaking, writing, and reading of another language
  • Develop the ability to communicate on various levels in the target language
  • Gain an appreciation of the literature written in that language
  • Convey a knowledge and understanding of a different language, people and culture and to give them a method of viewing the world with a broader perspective

Career Opportunities

  • Education
  • Graduate Studies
  • Journalism
  • Travel
  • Social services
  • Health professions
  • Law school
  • Law enforcement
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Peace Corps
  • International non-government organizations

Contact

Daphne McConnell, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Contact by Email
913.360.7586

St. Benedict Hall

  • Veronica Charbonnet
    Instructor
  • Dr. Filiberto Mares Hernández 
  • Visiting Instructor
  • Dr. Daphne McConnell
    Professor and Chair
  • Dr. Edward Mulholland
    Associate Professor
  • Dr. Francisco León Rivero
    Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Julie Sellers
    Associate Professor

The Foreign Language major allows students to acquire proficiency in two or three languages. Students pursue study in a primary language currently offered as a major (Spanish or French) and may opt to choose one or two secondary languages from the following: Spanish, French, German, Latin, or Greek. Foreign language majors are required to study abroad in an immersion program for a semester or summer; study in Florence does not fulfill the study abroad requirement.

Option 1: One primary language and one secondary language.

World and Classical Languages and Cultures Primary language: Spanish.

The student is required to complete 22 credit hours beyond SPAN-1020: SPAN-2010, SPAN-2020, SPAN-3040, SPAN-3400, and three additional upper-level courses that can be taken at Benedictine or through a study abroad program.

Primary language: French

The student is required to complete 22 credit hours beyond FREN-1020; FREN-2010, FREN-3040, FREN-3610, and four upper-level courses that can be taken at Benedictine or through a study abroad program.

Secondary language: French

Sixteen credit hours beyond FREN-1020, to include FREN-2010, FREN-3040, and nine additional hours to be completed at Benedictine or through a study abroad program.

Secondary language: Spanish

Sixteen credit hours beyond SPAN-1020, to include SPAN-2010, SPAN-3040, and six additional hours to be completed at Benedictine or through a study abroad program.

Option 2: One primary language and two secondary languages.

The requirements for the primary language are the same as Option 1. The requirements for the secondary languages are a combination of two languages: completing 13 hours of one language beyond the level of 1020, and two semesters of a third language.

Note: Students cannot earn a double major in Foreign Languages and either Spanish or French. Students may not get a major in Foreign Languages and a minor in any foreign language.

Other Department Offerings

  • Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Foreign Language, Spanish, Latin, and International Studies
  • Minors in French, Spanish, Foreign Language, Latin, and International Studies

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