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Languages and Literature Department
The programs of study in this department focus on major world languages and their literature. The department offers the B.A. in English Liberal Arts, with special tracks in Pre-Law, Creative Writing, and Literary Studies, as well as the B.A. in French and Spanish, with minors in Japanese, Arabic, and Chinese.
The English Liberal Arts major leads to a B.A. degree that prepares students for careers which demand strong skills in critical thinking, written and oral communication, and textual analysis. It encourages further study in graduate or professional school by providing quality education in three areas: Creative Writing, Literature, and Pre-law. The Pre-Law track is designed for students who plan on attending law school, and enables them to minor in an appropriate secondary field, such as History, Philosophy, or Political Science. The Creative Writing Track focuses on the study and creation of four major literary genres: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and screenwriting. It fosters interest in the literary arts while at the same time training students for professional positions that demand strong language skills. The Literature track emphasizes the study of canonical works in English, American, African-American, and other Anglophone literature. All three tracks require study of the history and structure of the English language, the practice of rhetorical forms, and the opportunity to minor in a related field.