Professor Cindy McClenagan, Dean
Professors Steve Michael, Joshua Mora
Associate Professors Timothy Brady, Deborah Kuhlmann, James Waller
Assistant Professors Laura Brandenburg, Brent Lynn, José Rubio, David Splawn, Karen Strovas
Emeritus Professors Don L. Cook, Christa Smith
The School of Languages includes the department of English and modern languages: Spanish, Chinese, French, German, and Latin
The school offers courses in both composition and literature. The former seek to provide training in the techniques and skills necessary to produce acceptable, effective written expression. The latter are designed to acquaint students with prose and poetry of recognized merit and to develop in students an intelligent understanding and appreciation of literature as an outgrowth and interpretation of life.
Entering freshmen whose ACT score in English is 16 or lower are required to enroll in ACAC 0330 before attempting ENGL 1301 . Credit may be given for satisfactory scores on the English sections of ACT, SAT I, CLEP, or Advanced Placement (AP). (See the ” Credit by Examination ” section of the catalog for more information.)
Spanish is important because of the proximity of our Spanish-speaking neighbors. It is necessary to form close, clear, cultural, and commercial ties with them. The courses in Spanish are planned to give the students an insight into Latin America, its Spanish origins, and its diversified national developments, as well as a foundation for efficient communication skills in the Spanish language.
German courses are designed to give the student a reading and speaking knowledge of the German language and an introduction to German literature. Since language is a vital expression of the mentality of a people, such training will help the student to understand better the nature of the German people. Courses also prepare students to become acquainted with German contributions to the fields of art, science, and philosophy.
French has long been the language of choice for students of the arts and literature. The courses offered will meet foundation requirements as well as the B.A. degree requirements.
Both Latin and Mandarin Chinese were recently added to the collection of foreign languages offered by the School of Languages and Literature. The traditional appeal of Latin, as well as the growing interest in Mandarin Chinese and the Chinese culture, makes these courses worthy additions to our foreign language offerings. As with the above, courses in Latin and Chinese will meet foundation requirements as well as the B.A. degree requirements.