Academics - Language, Literature, & Culture


Language, Literature, & Culture Department

As part of the larger mission of the college, the Language, Literature, and Culture Department helps student think critically, write articulately, read discerningly, and communicate empathetically across cultures. To meet these institutional objectives, the Department offers introductory courses in the study of writing, language, and literature. Students usually satisfy two general education English requirements by successful completion of a research writing course (ENG 101) and a multi-genre literature course in literary and cultural analysis (ENG 201, 243, or 246). Students pursuing a bachelor of arts degree may fulfill the foreign language requirement by completing elementary courses in French (FRN 101/102) or Spanish (SPN 101/102).

Majors & Minors

English Language Arts Education Major
With dedicated Education courses to become a prepared educator and English courses to help you deliver your curriculum, you will be ready for a career as a high school English teacher.
English Major
Our English major combines the love of Literature with written disciplines like creative writing and journalism. Our courses prepare students for global citizenship as critical thinkers, careful readers, arts advocates, and dedicated professionals.

English Language & Literature Track Emphasis: English Major
Students will gain an understanding of the various critical approaches to literary texts and authors. You will explore and be engaged in the relationship between literature and the Christian faith.

Journalism & Creative Writing Track Emphasis: English Major
Journalism and Creative Writing students participate in a sequence of journalism and creative writing courses that will finish with an internship experience in writing. Your internship should give you practical experience in the marketplace and should help you explore careers in writing, editing and the media.

Spanish Education Major
Spanish Education majors will be exposed to several areas of Spanish culture, literature, civilization, and language in conjunction with education courses. The comprehensive Spanish Education major prepares students to become effective, confident teachers.
Spanish Major
Spanish majors will be exposed to several areas of Spanish culture, literature, and civilization in conjunction with language courses. Students develop advanced Spanish conversation, reading, and compositional skills.
English Minor
An English minor will help you to interpret and synthesize complex information, communicate with competence and creativity, and employ versatile research and problem-solving skills. For a minor you will be required to take 18 credits beyond ENG 101, 8 of which should to be upper division credits.
Spanish Minor
The Language, Literature and Culture Department welcomes students who are interested in learning about the impulses, dreams, and lives of famous authors and individuals who have shared these experiences through their literature, their language, and their values and belief systems. To get a minor in Spanish you will take elementary and intermediate courses that are designed to teach you skills in communicating in a foreign language. For a minor you will be required to take 16 credit hours above the 100 level courses. You will also need 8 upper division credits.
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Minor
You will be required to take the five TESL courses plus a literature course to earn a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. This is open to students in any major at the college.

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