"I imagine good teaching as a circle of earnest people sitting down to ask each other meaningful questions. I donít see it as a handing down of answers."
~Alice Walker in Meridian
The Literature and Language Department offers courses in British, American and world literature; humanities; linguistics and the English language, and Spanish. The department offers a major and a minor in English and a major in English Teaching.
Literature courses provide opportunities to study classic and contemorary fiction, drama, and poetry, as well as to explore literature's historical development, theories and methods of interpreting literature, women authors, ethnic literature, literary criticism, and literature for children. Classes are reading and writing intensive, and instructors emphasize active learning and critical thinking.
For a complete list of courses offered in the Literature and Language Department click on the "Course Descriptions" link in the sidebar. Then, set the search that appears for Humanities, Linguistics, Literature, or Spanish.
Humanities courses reflect an older notion of literary study. Literature in the ancient world was not clearly distinguished as a separate discipline from philosophy or history or the arts. The term "humanities" has come from that ancient tradition, before knowledge was divided into separate academic departments. Humanities courses offer multi-disciplinary exploration of particular eras and topics. These courses bring together the thought, art, music, architecture, literature and learning of the past in order to study texts in their historical and cultural settings.
Linguistics is the study of the history and structure of language and its links to society, culture and individual life. Because language is central to being human, an understanding of language teaches people important things about their own nature and about how society works. Linguists examine both the historical and theoretical aspects of language and its actual use in day-to-day situations.
Traditionally, a liberal arts education has always included the study of at least one world language. Mastering another language provides a valuable, even an essential, communication tool that enables one to function effectively, whether for business or pleasure, in an internationalized community. At the same time, it also teaches new ways of perceiving and organizing reality. The Literature and Language Department offeres beginning and intermediate level courses in Spanish.
Credit for Prior Learning in World Languages
The Literature and Language Department does not give credit for prior learning in world languages.