Spanish Program

Spanish Degree

Learn practical skills to communicate in a foreign language and understand significant components of world culture.

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To prepare students for a world that is becoming more economically interdependent and culturally diverse, the study of foreign languages allows students to communicate with people from other cultures in professional and personal settings. Students gain an understanding and appreciation of cultures other than their own. Today, more than ever, Spanish is on demand on the job market as the Hispanic population increases consistently.

We believe that along linguistic abilities, successful communication is achieved through the understanding of the foreign culture. The Spanish curriculum does not focus heavily on literature like most traditional Spanish programs at other institutions. We aim at providing you with the practical skills to communicate in the foreign language while teaching significant components of culture to help you gain a better understanding of your interlocutors' background. In addition, it has been proven that students studying a foreign language are better test takers and gain a better overall language awareness and an understanding of English grammar.

Want to be successful in the educational and professional career? Study Spanish at McKendree!

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Why a B.A. Degree in Spanish?

Do you enjoy immersing yourself in other cultures and interacting with people whose background is different from your own? The bachelor’s degree in Spanish gives you the opportunity to communicate with people from other cultures in professional and personal settings. Today, more than ever, Spanish fluency is on demand in the job market as the Hispanic population rapidly increases in the United States and the world becomes more economically interdependent.




Photo of Holman LibraryAbout the Spanish Major

The B.A. in Spanish is found under the Division of Humanities and is geared toward the practical usage of the language, as well as an understanding of the Spanish-speaking culture. Unlike most Spanish programs, McKendree’s curriculum does not focus heavily on a study of Spanish literature. Instead, we aim to provide you with real-world skills to communicate in the language while teaching significant components of culture to help you better understand the diverse backgrounds of Spanish-speaking people across the globe.

2016-2017 Program Catalog

2016-2017 4-Year Plan

A minor in Spanish is also available, as well as a language teaching endorsement to teach middle school.




Photo of McKendree's Entryway MonumentWhy McKendree?

McKendree University provides you with interactive learning opportunities through our small class sizes, experienced faculty, and unique internship experiences that move you beyond the classroom. We are committed to your success in the degree programs we offer, the internships and extracurricular activities that will set you apart, and the college experience you’ll get here. Just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri, McKendree University is located in historic Lebanon, Illinois, and affords students a host of enriching cultural, career, and entertainment opportunities.



Program Highlights


  • A Spanish curriculum that keeps in mind your practical and professional needs in the language

  • Study Abroad programs in many Spanish-speaking countries like Spain, Argentina, Costa Rica, and Chile

  • Highly interactive courses give you the chance to interact with Spanish speakers from different countries through technology

  • Student organizations, such as Spanish Club, allow you to meet others and participate in fun events




Photo of McKendree Seal MarkerEmployment Opportunities

Graduates in Spanish find careers in translation and interpretation, education, and international business. They are often hired by government agencies, international organizations such as the United Nations, and non-profit organizations.




What Our Students & Alumni Are Saying


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My favorite part of McKendree’s Spanish program was the diversity of topics covered. On top of practicing fundamentals, such as grammar and conversation, we also spent time studying contemporary women writers, gender issues in Hispanic countries, Latin American history, and the current situation of Spanish-speaking immigrants in the U.S.”

~ Victoria Cook ’15, Graduate Student in Spanish at Saint Louis University’s Madrid Campus in Madrid, Spain


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McKendree's Spanish program did a lot to help me in my career as a foreign language teacher. Not only did the program help me learn Spanish, but it also showed me different methods and styles of language teaching. The Spanish program has an emphasis on discussion in classes. This was a fun and useful way for me to apply the language we learned and built a community around the Spanish class. This is what I think makes McKendree special. The classes are small so you are able to know your classmates and professor. This is especially useful in a foreign language. Everyone gets a change to contribute to the class multiple times and the professor can identify specific problems each student has and is able to address them”

~ Meghan Birdsong ’14, ESL Teacher in Santiago, Chile



Interesting Courses


  • Language Experience in a Spanish Speaking Country

  • Spanish/Latin American Films

  • Advanced Business Spanish



Club Information / Honor Societies


  • Spanish Club - Join other Spanish-speaking students to make lasting memories and spread an appreciation of Spanish culture throughout the community.

  • Study Abroad - Learn more about how your trip of a lifetime is within reach!




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Meet the Faculty

Aurélie C. Capron, Ph.D.Aurélie C. Capron, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish
Carnegie Hall 305




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