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Department of Languages and Literature

The Major in Spanish with a Concentration in Medical Spanish

The Spanish major with a concentration in Medical Spanish provides excellent professional preparation when combined with a second major in health science, criminal justice, or other pre-professional program. Since students pursuing this major concentration are required to demonstrate Intermediate-High level proficiency through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) oral proficiency exam, graduates of the program leave Benedictine with nationally-recognized certification of their oral Spanish proficiency.

The Medical Spanish concentration in the Spanish major teaches the fundamental vocabulary and concepts of medical language in Spanish, as well as how to communicate effectively in Spanish in medical settings and emergency situations. Spanish majors pursuing the Medical Spanish concentration also learn about the cultures of various Spanish-speaking countries and Latino communities in the U.S. and the ways in which the diverse characteristics of these cultures are relevant to the work of healthcare professionals and emergency responders.

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Minor Requirements

To complete the Introduction to Medical Spanish Interpretation minor, a student must earn at least 22 semester credit hours with a grade of "C" or better (typically 7 classes + a 1 semester credit hour internship), including the following courses:

  • SPAN 211
  • SPAN 212 (Note: Native speakers or heritage speakers—students who grew up in a Spanish-speaking home—may seek departmental approval to take an advanced 200- or 300-level SPAN elective in lieu of SPAN 212)
  • SPAN 215 or SPAN 216
  • SPAN 350
  • SPAN 360
  • at least one SPAN elective above SPAN 212
  • at least one non-Medical Spanish elective above SPAN 212: SPAN 220, 221, 230, 231, 307, 310, or any class or internship pre-approved by Department
  • an internship experience of 1-3 semester credit hours (SPAN 297/SPAN 397) pre-approved by the Department

In order to graduate with the Minor in Introduction to Medical Spanish Interpretation, students must earn a rating of Intermediate-High or above on the online ACTFL oral proficiency exam.

Note: While students in this minor program are strongly encouraged to study abroad, they are not required to do so.