Degrees and Programs

Spanish
Spanish

Why study Spanish at Benedictine?

When a student chooses to major in Spanish at Benedictine University, we promise a learner-friendly atmosphere featuring courses taught by native or near-native experienced professionals. Our communication-centered curriculum utilizes current methods and materials in second language education and stresses individual attention to students in small classes. Each student has the opportunity to develop fluency in the Spanish language, to gain an understanding of Hispanic cultures, to learn to write effectively, and to otherwise respond to the cultural and linguistic challenges of an Hispanic environment. Benedictine University faculty members also strongly encourage Spanish majors to take advantage of community service activities, internships and cultural enrichment experiences, when available. Students are encouraged to enhance their education by pursuing a second major or minor in another field of study.

How does the program work?

Students who major in Spanish are required to take 12 courses (36 semester credit hours) starting at the Intermediate I level. Although the University expects that the vast majority of students pursuing the major will test out of the Elementary and Intermediate I levels, the program’s flexibility allows students with no background in Spanish to begin with elementary coursework before proceeding to the major requirements.

The program includes study of the works of Spanish and Latin American writers and analysis of how they influenced the thinking of their times. Language skills and cultural awareness are further developed through selected readings—exploring such topics as Hispanic family structures, the role of the Catholic Church, and governmental and social relations—class discussions, and individual projects and papers in Spanish.

During their studies, Spanish majors are required to participate in a short- or long-term study abroad program in a Spanishspeaking country in order to develop their Spanish skills in an authentic environment. Prior to graduation, Spanish majors must demonstrate Intermediate High level oral proficiency, according to the guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Oral proficiency will be evaluated through the ACTFL online proficiency testing program. Spanish minors must demonstrate Intermediate Mid level oral proficiency.

What careers are available with a degree in Spanish?

Knowledge of another language and culture is an increasingly valuable asset for people entering the job market. Benedictine University’s Spanish major emphasizes cultural and communicative competence so that successful completion of the program enables graduates to use their Spanish in a professional environment. Students can pursue career paths in a variety of areas such as government, business, advertising, law, journalism, the sciences, the arts, education and health care.

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Upcoming Events

Feb
20
M.B.A. Online Information Session Mesa
Mesa Branch Campus
6:00 PM
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M.B.A. Online Information Session Mesa

Date: February 20

Time: 6:00 PM

Campus: Mesa,Region - Arizona

Location: Online - RSVP for Instructions

Contact: Amy Drew    adrew@ben.edu

Feb
23
Freshman Fridays
Mesa Branch Campus
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Freshman Fridays

Date: February 23

Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Campus: Mesa

Location: Benedictine University Mesa

Contact: Alan Daniels    (602) 888-5504    adaniels@ben.edu

Event Description:

Experience BenU Mesa First-Hand.

Chat with a faculty member for your major. Get a financial aid assessment tailored to your needs. Meet other students. Check out beautiful downtown Mesa. 

Every Friday, we make time to meet with students like you who are preparing for their college experience. Schedule your visit today and find out more about what makes BenU Mesa a place where you can grow as a person while you prepare to lead in your career.

What to expect during your visit:

  • A campus tour given by one of our current students
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  • An individual meeting with your Admissions Counselor to discuss your goals and plans, including:
    • Your college major and developing your future career
    • Financial aid and scholarships available to you
    • Student activities and athletics to pursue your interests
    • Campus ministry and service work at BenU Mesa

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Feb
24-9
Masters of Tomorrow Exhibition
Mesa Branch Campus
Event Details

Masters of Tomorrow Exhibition

Date: February 24

Time: All Day

Campus: Mesa

Location: Benedictine University Mesa

Contact: Michael Tole    (480) 878-6708    mtole@ben.edu

Event Description:

Purpose

  • To give young Arizona artists an opportunity to exhibit their artwork to the public.
  • To help make a college education affordable for young Arizona artists.

Why Apply?

  • Exhibit your artwork in a selective professionally juried show.
  • Win a scholarship to Benedictine University Mesa.
  • Gain prestige by having you work added to the permanent collection of a major university museum.

Three jurors will select a maximum of 100 works for the Masters of Tomorrow Exhibition at Benedictine University Mesa. From those 100 finalists, jurors will then select the prize winners.

Eligibility

All high school and community college students who currently reside in Arizona.

Categories

  • High School -- Fine Art & Graphic Design
  • Community College -- Fine Art & Graphic Design

Specifications

Each student may submit up to three original works of art in any media. Specify art or design.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: Midnight, Feb. 3, 2018
  • Finalists Announced: Feb. 9, 2018
  • Deliver Artwork: Feb. 16-17, 2018
  • Opening Reception: 3-5pm, Feb. 24, 2018
  • Exhibition: Feb. 24 - March 9, 2018
  • Pick-Up Artwork: 8-5pm, March 9-10

Awards

Best Fine Art Work: 50% tuition scholarship to Benedictine University Mesa.

Best Graphic Design Work: 50% tuition scholarship to Benedictine University Mesa.

2nd Prize, High School: $500 cash prize, and artwork will be accepted into the permanent collection of the Benedictine University Art Museum.

2nd Prize, Community College: $500 cash prize, and artwork will be accepted into the permanent collection of the Benedictine University Art Museum.

Feb
25
Last day to withdraw from Online Session 3 classes
Mesa Branch Campus
Event Details

Last day to withdraw from Online Session 3 classes

Date: February 25

Time: All Day

Campus: Mesa

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