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A student who chooses to major in Spanish at Benedictine benefits from a learner-centered atmosphere and courses taught by native or near-native experienced professionals.

Our communication-based curriculum incorporates current methods and materials in second language education. Small classes allow for individual attention. Students are encouraged to supplement the classroom experience with specialized technologies designed to reinforce language learning and to participate in co-curricular programs and activities. Spanish majors develop oral proficiency and learn to write effectively in Spanish. They also gain an understanding of Hispanic cultures, thus developing both cultural and linguistic competence. Faculty strongly encourage Spanish majors to take advantage of a wide range of service-learning experiences, internships and cultural enrichment experiences, especially study abroad opportunities.

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Students in the Spanish program have the opportunities to:

Participate in a short-term or long-term study abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country
Demonstrate proficiency at or above the Intermediate-High level.
Enhance their education by pursuing a second major or minor in another discipline.
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What our Graduates Have Done With This Degree

Spanish Alumni

Benedictine graduates, who majored or minored in Spanish, have gone on to join the Peace Corps; enter a doctoral program in international policy at Georgetown University; pursue a Master’s in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin; study medicine at Loyola University Chicago; start a business in Barcelona, Spain; and teach Spanish at area schools including Addison Trail and Willowbrook high schools.

Study Abroad

Spanish majors participate in a short-term or long-term study abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country in order to hone their language skills and cultural competence in an authentic environment. Study abroad opportunities are also available to students who pursue a minor in Spanish.

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Nationally Recognized Certification

Upon graduation, Spanish majors will be able to demonstrate proficiency at or above the Intermediate-High level by taking an American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) oral proficiency exam. Students pursuing a minor in Spanish demonstrate Intermediate-Mid level oral proficiency. The ACTFL exam grants students a nationally recognized certification of their oral proficiency in Spanish.


The flexibility of the Spanish major enables students to enhance their education by pursuing a second major or minor in another discipline. A number of Spanish courses satisfy the Benedictine University general education requirements, including QHT (Historical), QLR (Literary/Rhetorical), WI (Writing Intensive), G (Global Designation), and EL (Engaged Learning).

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