Department of Language and Literature


Our mission as the Department of Language and Literature is to provide excellent major and minor programs in English Literature, English Writing, Spanish, Philosophy, and ESL. Our students learn to be highly literate, broadly educated graduates, able to think critically, to make informed decisions, and to express themselves creatively.


English offers a major, minor, or subject endorsement. Within the major students may choose an emphasis in writing or literature, or a combination (writing/literature). The subject endorsement is for 7-12; a Field Endorsement in Language Arts (7-12) is also available and combines coursework in English and Communication. An English major will:


(1) gain understanding of the interaction between culture and literature;

(2) learn to analyze and evaluate literary works, both orally and in writing;

(3) be able to locate and synthesize complex information;

(4) develop creative and analytical writing skills.


Moreover, all courses in English provide the background and skills needed to understand the written word, to use language effectively, and to enter careers in which success depends on reading critically and writing competently.


Spanish offers a major, minor, or subject teaching endorsement. In addition, the department teaches elementary courses in French, German, Russian, and American Sign Language. Modern language study prepares students to live and work in the “global village” of contemporary society. As students may prepare for careers in secondary education, business, government, nursing, counseling, law enforcement, and other fields, knowledge of other languages can enrich their preparation and enhance their marketability. The Modern Language faculty each year present the annual Language Day event, attracting hundreds of high school students their teachers from throughout the region.


The Philosophy minor is designed to enrich students’ understanding of the views of the important philosophers of the past and to stimulate them to think critically about the basic questions confronting human beings. The minor will help prepare the student for graduate level work in medicine, law, history, political science, business, and any other vocation which prizes the tradition of liberal arts studies and critical thinking.


The Undergraduate Endorsement in English as a Second Language supplements a secondary or elementary endorsement and consists of coursework in Communication, English, and Education, plus one year of study (or equivalent proficiency) in another language.

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Cultural Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

April 20-August 31

WSC Juried Student Exhibit

Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery

Opening Reception:

April 20, 4:30-6:00 p.m.


April 28

Joshua Calkin, tuba

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


April 29

Black and Gold

Show Choir

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


April 30

Plains Writers Series

Humanities Lounge, 2:00 p.m.

Fiction Slam

The Max Bar & Grill,

7:00 p.m.


April 30

Wildcat Big Band (Jazz)

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


May 2

Jerod Kohler, trombone

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


May 4

Honors Recital

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.

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