What constitutes a literary education in the 21st century What critical elements are involved in understanding and processing perspective emerging from complex local and global landscapes? How do we cultivate and nurture an interest in critical interdisciplinary thinking that challenges students to explore contexts that inform and shape them as thinkers and doers? How do courses in English and the humanities prepare students for living in thoughtfully engaging with the world?
The English and Humanities Department invites students to capture these questions, explore them, challenge them, analyze them, and process them through the lens of community contribution. Students are then encouraged to reshape, redefine, and/or reject these questions in favor of their own. They do this through class meetings, individual and collaborative community engagement, special projects, literary and research analysis, and mandatory and voluntary exposure to and processing of stimulating interdisciplinary theory and practice.
The English and Humanities Department strives to enrich the overall educational experience of students, inspiring them to bring to the world community original perspectives, inventive strategies, and a knowledge that will contribute to the intellectual creative spirit of our collective human experience.
The English Program comprises a large portion of the liberal arts core of the university and includes three emphases: literature, writing, and preparation for teaching certification. The English Program also serves the university by supporting the "W" courses and general undergraduate requirements, as well as the Mellon Mays Fellowship and the McNair Scholars Program, providing specialized classes in writing personal statements and research proposals.
The Humanities Program
The Humanities Program offers courses in communications, history, humanities, philosophy, and religion. Thus, like the English Program, the Humanities Program contributes to the university by providing many of the General University Course Requirements, especially those that contribute to the general education goals in communication skills, critical thinking, multicultural awareness, ethics, and humanities. The program thereby helps students acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to become effective participants in the political and cultural life and leadership of their chosen communities.
Degrees and Programs Offered
Associate of Arts
American Indian Studies, A.A.
Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, A.A.
Bachelor of Arts
American Cultural Studies, B.A.
American Indian Studies, B.A.
English/Language Arts (5-12 Credential), B.A.
Learning Outcomes for English and Composition program graduates
- Use writing and reading for inquiry, thinking, and processing ideas
- Demonstrate skill in oral and written communication, reflective listening, and critical reading
- Express their own ideas as informed opinions that are in dialogue with a larger community
- Display mastery in word processing programs, e-mail communication, and accessing electronic resources
- Understand research methods and citation styles
- Critically analyze information sources
- Recognize interconnections between ideas and fields of knowledge
- Acknowledge the continuums of social, academic, and professional situations and adapt language accordingly
- Discover multidimensional perspectives, learn from the, and conceptualize their potential impact on local and global communities
- Develop proficiency in collaborative work
Learning Outcomes for the Humanities Program graduates
- Exhibit critical thinking skills in diverse oral and written contexts
- Develop a multicultural awareness sin the contexts of language, the arts, community practices, and belief traditions
- Acquire the knowledge and abilities needed to become an effective participant in the political and cultural lives of communities, assuming leadership roles in many cases
- Identify different values and world views, with an emphasis on understanding relationships among government, religion, art and science, and among individuals, society and the global community
- Produce critically reflective, well-supported, organized, and clearly articulate research papers using both primary and secondary sources
- Recognize the connection among values, beliefs, and cultural forms, and among humanity's economic, social, and environmental sustainabilities