• The Department of Language and Literature has the primary mission of preparing students for vocations and graduate study in disciplines which emphasize the verbal arts. It offers majors in English, French, Spanish and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). It also prepares students who wish to obtain a broad liberal arts undergraduate background before beginning specialized training for such professions as law and theology or simply as a means to an in-depth understanding of the function of human beings in the world. The faculty believes strongly in a Christian worldview and insists that such a view has practical implications for both content and pedagogy. All facts, concepts and understandings relevant to each field are presented from the perspective of the Christian view of a divinely created and ordered world under the lordship of Jesus Christ.

    Majors

    English

    The Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Literature Emphasis, prepares students for graduate work in the discipline or for careers in research, writing, editing, and a variety of other related occupations. The program provides a broad overview of world literature with emphasis on British and American writers.The Bachelor of Arts degree in English with teacher certification prepares students to teach English at the middle and high school levels. In addition to courses housed in the Department of Language and Literature, students complete the professional education sequence, including a semester of student teaching at the secondary level. The Bachelor of Arts degree in English with teacher certification prepares students to teach English at the middle and high school levels. In addition to courses housed in the Department of Language and Literature, students complete the professional education sequence, including a semester of student teaching at the secondary level.

    Bachelor of Arts in English (Literature Emphasis)
    Bachelor of Arts in English (Teacher Licensure, Grades 7 - 12)
    Bachelor of Arts in English (Writing Emphasis)
    Interdisciplinary Studies

    The Interdisciplinary Studies major allows the student to develop an individualized plan of study. The intent of this program is to allow the student to experience a more comprehensive approach in academic pursuits than is provided in the traditional single major and to synthesize material from a variety of disciplines. This program of study may prepare students for liberal arts graduate programs, and although it is not intended as prevocational, it will prepare students for entry level positions in professional areas requiring broad knowledge and skills in writing and critical thinking. Students interested in this major must consult with a designated advisor to design a major program of study that meets the requirements listed below. Students are not limited to the areas indicated in the pre-approved list; however, if one of these areas is chosen, the student must select courses as indicated below. The completed program proposal will be submitted to the Deans’ Council for approval.

    Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
    Language

    The Bachelor of Arts in French or Spanish programs (FRNCH.BA, SPNSH.BA) prepare students for graduate work in the target language or for work in a variety of careers, including political science, business and academia. In addition to language learning and practice, upper-level coursework in literature, stylistics, and special topics, students will take a capstone course that will engage and motivate them to integrate their faith and their chosen disciplines. The Bachelor of Arts in French or Spanish teacher certification programs (FRNCH.BAT SPNSH.BAT) prepare students for careers as teachers of French or Spanish in grades 7 through 12. Courses at all levels are designed to increase students’ proficiency levels in all skills, enabling them to teach effectively with an advanced knowledge of the target-language culture.

    Bachelor of Arts in French
    Bachelor of Arts in French (Teacher Licensure, Grades 7 - 12)
    Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
    Bachelor of Arts in Spanish (Teacher Licensure, Grades 7 - 12)
     
    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

    The Bachelor of Arts degree in TESOL prepare students for a career in teaching English as a second or foreign language in a context outside of US public schools.  Students in this degree program take specialty courses to develop skills in teaching English to youth and adults from other language backgrounds. The Bachelor of Arts degree in TESOL with teacher certification (TESL.BAT) prepares students for a career in teaching English as second language in grades PreK -12. Students in this degree program take specialty courses to develop skills in teaching English to students from other language backgrounds.

    Bachelor of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
    Bachelor of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Teacher Licensure, Grades PreK - 12)
     

    Minors

    English Minor French Minor Linguistics Minor Spanish Minor Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Minor Writing Minor Asian Studies Minor

    A minor in Asian Studies enhances the education of students in business, science and the liberal arts, especially those students working on a major in business. Not only does this minor teach students more about histories, cultures, languages, and societies throughout the Asian region that continue to grow in influence and significance, but it prepares students to work and live in various Asian countries. The minor itself requires an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Asia, providing a broad understanding of the complexity of the region while respecting the uniqueness of each country and its culture.

    Asian Studies Minor
     
    Latin American Studies Minor

    A minor in Latin American Studies enhances the education of students in business, science, and the liberal arts. Not only does this minor teach students more about history, culture, language and society throughout a very important region of the world, Latin America, it will prepare students to work and live in the countries of a region that continues to increase in importance. The minor itself requires an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Latin America, providing a broad understanding of the complexity of the region.

    Latin American Studies Minor
     

Academic Calendar

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4/27
Juries
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4/28
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4/28
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