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Language and Literature

Language and Literature

In an increasingly complex world where cultural symbols and knowledge are continuously constructed and revised in variable contexts and locations, the students who will have the competitive edge are those who possess the ability to decode signs and communicate transnationally, those who develop literacy within and across multiple cultural contexts, and those who benefit from the self-reflexive potentialities of an international perspective

In essence, our graduates are exceptionally adaptable, even within a rapidly changing, demanding global economy. As the recent report on the Humanities and Social Sciences by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences concluded, “the most successful Americans have typically benefited from such broad-based training . . . and that the ability to adapt and thrive in a world certain to keep on changing is based not on instruction in the specific jobs of today but in the developing of long-term qualities of mind: inquisitiveness, perceptiveness, the ability to put a received idea to a new purpose, and the ability to share and build ideas with a diverse world of others.”[1] Majors in the various English and Spanish tracks acquire the critical reading, research, analytic, and communication skills needed to negotiate the highly diverse professional and interpersonal contexts of the world today.

[1] American Academy of Arts & Sciences. The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for a vibrant, competitive, and secure nation. Cambridge, MA: AAA&S, 2013. 32

Programs of Study

The Department of Language and Literature offers two major options and three minor options. With the English major, students are able to choose a concentration that focuses either on global literature or rhetoric and writing. With a Spanish major, students are offered to choose between Spanish language, literature and civilization or Spanish in the professions. The department also works closely with the Department of Education to allow students to combine their study of English or Spanish with an education program.

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Student Spotlight

Ashlyn O'Brien

Ashlyn O'Brien
English Major

"My experience with the Department of Language and Literature has been invaluable, both intellectually and professionally. Not only has the curriculum prepared me for law school, but the faculty never hesitated in pushing me to go the extra mile, whether in my coursework or partaking in internship opportunities. The department has helped me to establish a solid foundation that will serve me well after graduation."