Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Biology

Biology encompasses the study of living organisms and is therefore a very broad-based discipline with many potential areas of specialization. Working in this field can include: exploring the structure and function of molecules; better understanding the remarkable interaction of plants and animals with their environment; studying animal classification and behavior; and researching toxicology and the identification of natural compounds that could lead to new medicines. Biologists use physical sciences and mathematics as tools in their studies, and routinely collaborate and communicate with others. Communication skills and the ability to work cooperatively are important to a biologist's success.

Business & Economics

When you choose to become a Business and Economics major at Benedictine University at Springfield, you will receive thorough exposure to business and economic principles and how they are applied to the national economy and the business world. You will also be prepared to continue graduate studies in business or management.

Communication Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts is designed to prepare you for a career in the media industry. You will spend four years taking courses in theory, writing, and print and electronic media, ultimately achieving the well-rounded experience that is necessary for today’s work force. Our approach is rooted in the liberal arts tradition.

Criminal Justice

Studying criminal justice provides a student with a well-rounded, liberal arts preparation to work in the areas of law enforcement, probation and parole, and the judicial system. The program can also serve as a basis for graduate work in criminal justice or as a foundation for students who want to attend law school to become a criminal law attorney.

Elementary Education

When you choose to become an elementary education major at Benedictine University at Springfield, you will work toward a Type 03 Elementary Teaching Certificate, which will prepare you to teach in grades K-9 in any school or district in Illinois. In addition, you will be able to teach middle school in an area of endorsement that you elect during your work in the Benedictine program. You will be prepared to meet the challenges of teaching in a diverse and changing world.

Finance

Receive thorough exposure to finance-related principles and how they are applied to the national economy and business world.

Health Science

If you are interested in a career related to health care and want a challenging yet flexible academic preparation, this may be the appropriate major for you. The program offers a curriculum that includes a strong foundation in the physical and life sciences as well as a significant liberal arts core. This curriculum is designed to give you the content area knowledge and the quantitative problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills required of those working in health care. This major helps prepare you for application to many health-related professional programs, including physical/occupational therapy, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, podiatry, chiropractic and veterinary medicine, as well as related graduate programs. Before applying to these professional programs, you are encouraged to choose a practicum experience where you will spend a semester working directly with professionals in the health career field in which you intend to work.

Health Science: Pre-Chiropractic

Nationally, all chiropractic schools have the same entrance requirements and do not require a bachelor's degree. However, all chiropractic schools require a significant number of lab-based science courses, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences. As a result, most students accepted to doctor of chiropractic schools have previously earned a bachelors' degree.

Health Science: Pre-Pharmacy

Students interested in becoming a pharmacist should plan on completing at least two years of a pre-pharmacy program prior to application to a pharmacy school. Because of the significant number of pre-requisite science courses, and in preparation for the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT), the majority of students entering pharmacy schools have previously earned a bachelors' degree in a related field. Interested students are encouraged to become a pharmacy technician while an undergraduate, and should plan on taking the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT®) in their sophomore or junior year.

Health Science: Vascular Sonography

Sonography is a non-invasive technique using sound waves to image many areas of the body for diagnosis and treatment purposes. Vascular sonography is a specialized radiology field focusing on assessing and detecting abnormalities in arteries and veins in all areas of the body except the heart.

History

History, by itself or in combination with a minor in another area such as business or communications, will provide you with both the skills and the adaptability to pursue a wide variety of careers. The history major is ideally suited for students planning to go on to law school.

Management & Organizational Behavior

Management and Organizational Behavior (M.O.B.) has been described as the process of getting things done through people. To do this, managers must plan, organize, staff, lead, communicate and control. M.O.B. majors at Benedictine are prepared to conduct management functions and to conduct them well. When you choose to become an M.O.B. major at Benedictine, you will receive thorough exposure to business and economics principles and how they are applied to the business world and the national and international economy. You will also be prepared to continue graduate studies in management.

Management & Organizational Behavior (Adult Accelerated)

Accelerated five- and ten-week modules conveniently scheduled on the same night throughout the length of the cohort program. Classes meet one time per week for four hours with nine 5-week modules per year.

Marketing

Receive a strong foundation in the business system and in-depth coverage of decision-making on product, price, promotion and marketing channels. The marketing major focuses on the development of the organization’s marketing strategy.

Nursing

If you are a licensed, registered  nurse with an associate degree (ADN), Benedictine University at Springfield offers an accelerated RN to BSN completion program.

Psychology

Undergraduate psychology majors are prepared for jobs that use: People, Analytical, Writing, and Research Skills.

Psychology (Adult Accelerated)

Undergraduate psychology majors are prepared for jobs that use: People, Analytical, Writing, and Research Skills.

Sociology

Learn the ways in which people organize themselves and behave in society. You will achieve a cross-cultural perspective to understanding human behavior and learn the statistical and research methods of professional sociologists.

Theology

Become part of the Catholic, Benedictine tradition of a broad liberal education founded on a clear understanding of the relationship between faith and reason. This is the synthesis which is the basis of Western civilization, and the program gives you a broad preparation not just in understanding theology, but applying it to your life in the world and whatever profession you choose.

Writing & Publishing

Designed to prepare you to enter a career in the publishing industry. You will take courses in theory, writing, print, literature and copy editing while gaining the experience for today’s work force. Our approach is rooted in the liberal arts tradition.