Department of Languages and Literature


Housed in Benedictine’s College of Liberal Arts and home to ten full-time faculty members, the Department of Languages and Literature offers undergraduate majors in English Language & Literature and Spanish, with courses at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels to suit a wide range of interests. We also offer a minor in Mandarin Chinese and coursework in Arabic, along with undergraduate- and graduate-level classes in Academic Discourse as part of our English for Academic Purposes program. And starting in 2014, the Department will offer a new M.A. program in Linguistics, with tracks available in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Literary Studies.

Our programs offer a great deal of flexibility in order to address students' educational and professional needs and interests with equal concern. Our faculty are active professionals and dedicated teachers who work closely with students to guide them in their personal, academic and professional development. Low student-to-faculty ratios and small classes provide students with the kind of individual attention that enables them to develop their analytical abilities, improve their oral and written communication skills, and gain awareness of the literary legacy of diverse cultures and traditions.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our faculty, programs, and course offerings.

Student Reading

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.

– Henry David Thoreau

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