Academics - Language & Culture

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Language & 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 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.
International & Cross Cultural Studies Minor
This major prepares students to work and live among diverse communities around the world and within the United States. The coursework provides students with a clear and holistic perspective on the different influences that shape and define cultures. The major is designed for students interested in missionary work, diplomatic service positions, international teaching opportunities, work with world outreach or relief organizations or with refugee and immigrant programs within the United States.
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.
Theatre Minor
The Theatre minor will provide you with the training you need through classroom studies and participation in dramatic productions. All our plays are performed in our very own Factory Theatre. For a minor you will be required to take at least 18 credits beyond COM 101, 8 of which should be upper division credits.

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