Degree in Spanish - Majors & Programs | Benedictine College


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 Opportunites

  • Education
  • Graduate Studies
  • Journalism
  • Travel
  • Social Services
  • Health Professions
  • Law School
  • Law Enforcement
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Peace Corps
  • International Non-Government Organizations


Daphne McConnell, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
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  • Dr. Filiberto Mares Hernández 
  • Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Daphne McConnell
    Professor and Chair
  • Dr. Edward Mulholland
    Associate Professor
  • Dr. Francisco León Rivero
    Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Julie Sellers
    Associate Professor
  • Suzie Wright, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor

Freshmen Year

ENGL-1010English Composition3
SPAN-1000Beginning Spanish4
THEO-1100Introduction to Theology3
Two Foundations courses (see below)6–7
GNST-1000BC Experience1
PHIL-1750Principles of Nature3
SPAN-1020Second Semester Spanish3
EXSC-1115Wellness for Life1
EXSCFitness course1
Two Foundations courses (see below)6–7
Elective or foundation3

Students should select courses from the following Foundations during the freshman and sophomore years:

   Historical Inquiry (1 course)

   Natural World (1 course with or without lab)

   Person and Community (1 course; recommended freshman year)

   Faith (1 course; recommended sophomore or junior year)

   Mathematical Reasoning (1 course)

Sophomore Year

SPAN-2010Intermediate Spanish4
Natural World Foundation3–4
Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
Electives or foundation6
SPAN-2020Intermediate Spanish II3
SPAN-3040Intro to Hispanic Literature & Literary Analysis3
Faith Foundation3
Electives or foundation6

Junior Year

SPAN-3040Introduction to Hispanic Literature3
SPAN-3400Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics3
Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
Spanish Civilization and Culture or SPAN-3720, Latin Amer Civ and Culture (Study Abroad)17

Senior Year

SPAN-3650 or SPAN-3660Survey of Latin American Lit. or Suvery of Spanish Lit.3
SPAN-4700 or SPAN-4800Selected Topics in Latin Amer. Lit. or Select Topics in Spanish Literature3
Mathematical Reasoning Course3
SPAN-COMPSenior Comprehensivecr
Spanish Elective3

*Please note that students majoring in Spanish are strongly encouraged to double major; thus courses indicated as electives would ideally fulfill another major.

Other Department Offerings

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