Jean Eledge, Chairperson
Professors Carolyn Dirksen, Donna Summerlin and Arden Jensen
Associate Professors Kevin Brown, Christopher Coulter, Andrew Lee, and Rachel Reneslacis
Assistant Professors Stacey Isom, Christopher Blake, Chad Schrock and Jeff Ringer
Instructors Vanessa Hammond and Matthew Yelton
Professors Jean Eledge and James Wilkins
Associate Professors Jose Minay, Phebe Gray, Sara Ortega
Assistant Professors Alexander Steffanell, Carmen Guerrero
Instructor Gloria Brownlee
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 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 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, 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.
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 world language must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of target-language coursework in a target-language country.
Native speakers (those educated in target language countries) of Spanish, French, German or Chinese may not receive proficiency credit by examination for either 211 or 212. Native speakers may have their world language requirement waived by successfully completing both ENGL 105 or 106 and ENGL 110.
Native speakers who minor or major in Spanish or French must begin their coursework with any course numbered SPAN 310, FREN 213 or above. Additional upper-level courses must be taken to complete the required 36 hours in either major. Heritage speakers (those who learned Spanish or French in the United States, not formally educated in target language country) must pass both a writing exam and a speaking proficiency exam to receive proficiency credit for either 211 or 212. If passed, they begin their minor or major coursework with SPAN 310, FREN 213 or above.
A study abroad program in 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 Language and Literature offers the following programs of study:
||English (Literature Emphasis)
English (Teacher Licensure, Grades 7-12)
English (Writing Emphasis)
French (Teacher Licensure, Grades 7-12)
Spanish (Teacher Licensure, Grades 7-12)
The Department of Language and Literature offers courses for minors in English, French, Linguistics, Spanish, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and writing.