Languages and Literature
The Department of Languages and Literature offers five foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish. Students earn Bachelor degrees in French and Spanish. The English Liberal Arts major leads to a Bachelor degree that prepares students for further study in graduate or professional school. The Liberal Studies Bachelor degree allows majors to choose two tracks of interest (as a major area) as well as a minor area of their choice and/or sets of approved electives in consultation with major advisors. The track choices are: Arabic, Islamic Studies, American Cultural Communities, Professional Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies.
The English Program is committed to providing quality education in two areas. The English Liberal Arts major leads to a BA degree that prepares students for further study in graduate or professional school. A special "Pre-Law Track" of the English Liberal Arts major is designed for students who plan on attending law school; it enables them to minor in an appropriate secondary field, such as history, philosophy, or political science.
- Explain the historical development of Anglophone literature; in particular, the major phases of English, American, and African American literatures.
- Demonstrate the ability to analyze significant esthetic and ethical aspects of major works of literature produced by Anglophone writers: English, American, African American, African, and others and to apply a range of terms and concepts of literary analysis, literary theory, and methodology.
The Foreign Languages and Literatures program offers a broad program that emphasizes oral and written proficiency in such languages as Arabic, French, Japanese, and Spanish. In addition, it plays a major role in the promotion of language studies and intercultural awareness and communication. Through a well-designed curriculum, it provides students with a solid foundation for a global perspective and helps them acquire strong translingual and transcultural competence to be effective citizens in today’s global society.