English & Foreign Languages

The mission of the Department of English and Foreign Languages is to provide the portion of a liberal arts education that employs language, literature, and written communication to develop the students’ ability to think critically, understand and appreciate diversity, adhere to ethical values, and communicate effectively in a global environment.

The department offers programs leading to the bachelor of arts degrees in English and in foreign language. The program in English serves both nonspecialists and students planning to do graduate work in English by promoting clear writing and critical reading of English, American, and world literature.

The program prepares students for careers in teaching as well as literary and linguistic scholarship; it also provides a background for a number of challenging professions. The program in foreign languages develops students’ proficiency in comprehension, reading, and writing in Spanish or French. The department also offers courses in Chinese and Russian. Foreign language graduates find opportunities in any number of professions and occupations.

Students wishing to earn a teaching license in English or foreign languages should fulfill the requirements for the B.A. degree with a minor in education and complete student teaching.

Mission Statements

English

The mission of the program in English is to serve both non-specialists and students planning to do graduate work in English by promoting clear writing and critical reading of English, American, and world literature. The program prepares students for careers in teaching as well as literary and linguistic scholarship; it also provides background for such professions as the ministry, journalism, editing, technical or creative writing, counseling, advertising, sales, and law.

 

English with Minor in Education

The mission of the professional education unit is to prepare candidates who attain educational achievement through collaboration and reflection. To that end the professional education unit (including content departments), collaborates with K-12 schools, Educational Service Cooperatives, Educational Renewal Zones and other local, state, and national organizations to inculcate high standards of educational achievement for all students. The Unit engages pre-service and in-service teachers, administrators, counselors and other educators to excel in teaching, leadership, scholarship and service.

 

Foreign Languages

The mission of the program in foreign languages is to develop student proficiency in listening/comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish or French. The program increases student awareness of the range and power of language, develops an understanding of important authors and traditions in Spanish or French literature, and expands student appreciation for other languages and cultures – knowledge that is vital for success in a global society.

 

Spanish with Minor in Education

The mission of the professional education unit is to prepare candidates who attain educational achievement through collaboration and reflection. To that end the professional education unit (including content departments), collaborates with K-12 schools, Educational Service Cooperatives, Educational Renewal Zones and other local, state, and national organizations to inculcate high standards of educational achievement for all students. The Unit engages pre-service and in-service teachers, administrators, counselors and other educators to excel in teaching, leadership, scholarship and service.


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