Jean Eledge, Chairperson
Professors Carolyn Dirksen, Susan Rogers and Donna Summerlin
Associate Professors Kevin Brown, Christopher Coulter, Arden Jensen, Andrew Lee, and Rachel Reneslacis
Assistant Professors Kathy Binns, Troy Gregory, Stacey Isom, Chad Prevost, and Amy White
Instructors Vanessa Hammond and Matthew Yelton
Modern Foreign Languages
Professors Jean Eledge and James Wilkins
Associate Professor Grant Henley and Jose Minay
Assistant Professors Phebe Gray, Sara Ortega, and Alexander Steffanell
Instructor Carmen Guerrero
Instructor Gloria Brownlee
The Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages 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 and Spanish. 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.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Literature Emphasis (ENGLI.BA) 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. In addition to the common core required of all English majors, students in the Literature Emphasis program take several survey courses, a course in literary theory, and specialty courses focusing on particular authors or literary periods.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in English with teacher certification (ENGLI.BAT) prepares students to teach English at the middle and high school levels. In addition to the common core required of all English majors, students in the teacher certification program take courses in Young Adult Literature, Composition Theory, and Methods of Teaching English. In addition to these courses housed in the Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages, students complete the professional education sequence, including a semester of student teaching at the secondary level.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Writing Emphasis (ENGLW.BA) prepares students for graduate work in the discipline or for careers in writing, editing, publishing, and a variety of related fields. The program provides a broad overview of rhetoric, advanced academic writing, and various genres of creative writing. In addition to the common core required of all English majors, students in the Writing Emphasis program take courses in rhetoric, introductory and advanced creative writing, and professional writing.
Modern Foreign Languages
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. Study abroad programs are available and encouraged for all teaching licensure candidates.
Students majoring in a foreign language must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of target-language coursework in a target-language country.
A study abroad program in Strasbourg, France is required of all FRNCH.BA and FRNCH.BAT candidates. French minors may be eligible to participate in an internship in their major area of specialization in France.
Programs of Study
The Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages offers the following programs of study:
English (Teacher Licensure, Grades 7-12)
English (Writing Emphasis)
French (Teacher Licensure, Grades 7-12)
Spanish (Teacher Licensure, Grades 7-12)
The Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages offers courses for minors in English, French, German, Linguistics, Spanish, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and writing.