Departmental Mission and Program Objectives

Departmental Mission: The mission of this department is consistent with that of the University. More specifically, the mission of the department is to provide a general, liberal, and professional education to students in languages, literature, grammar and usage, and composition. To this end, the department offers courses in the Core to the general student population and specialized courses to its majors.

 

Undergraduate Program Objectives:

 

English and Foreign Languages:

  • To help students develop the ability to read, think, and write clearly and critically.
  • To help students understand and appreciate good writing and literature.
  • To help students become aware of the truth, beauty, and wisdom of our culture to the extent that they are able to make value judgments about the society in which they live.
  • To prepare students for teaching English and for other career roles in society.
  • To provide the necessary courses for all students to fulfill state and university requirements.
  • To encourage students to engage in creative and scholarly writing.

Speech Communication:

  • To provide comprehensive training in communicative arts. 
  • To develop comprehensive aesthetic awareness and interaction among students, faculty, and community.
  • To present forensic activities.
  • To offer practical communicative experiences through laboratory activities, problem solving exercises, internships, and independent study.

 

Graduate Program Objectives:

  • To prepare students for advanced programs of study in English and related areas.
  • To prepare well-qualified teachers of English for secondary schools and community colleges.
  • To provide an in-service program for teachers of English who serve in secondary schools and community colleges.
  • To prepare students for careers in the mass media.
  • To prepare for classroom diversity in the sociolinguistics of languages.