Mission, Goals, and Learning Outcomes

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages is to provide courses that foster effective communication and clear thinking and that stress social awareness, aesthetic appreciation, and intellectual growth.  The department lays the basis for self-expression, self-knowledge, written and oral communication, and creative adaptation to the changing realities of life.  Students and faculty further this development through a variety of service and scholarly activities.    

Departmental Goals

  1. Improving cross-cultural understanding, international awareness, and appreciation of one's own culture;
  2. Increasing aesthetic awareness and engagement;
  3. Providing undergraduate instruction in certain important languages, literatures, and cultures;
  4. Improving the literacy and communication skills of the non-major (reading, writing, grammar, listening, vocabulary building and pronunciation);
  5. Preparing advanced-level students for careers or graduate study in which such skills, knowledge and awareness are valuable;
  6. Sharing its expertise in languages, literatures and cultures with the outside community and professionals in the field;
  7. Promoting international travel and study;
  8. Participating in the activities of civic and professional organizations that promote the study of languages, literatures and cultures, and public interest in them.

English Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the English program will be able to demonstrate that they can:

  1. Analyze a variety of texts, particularly British and American writings;
  2. Integrate relevant sources effectively into their written discourses; 
  3. Apply critical theory to language and literature;
  4. Evaluate their learning experiences through the selection and revision of key assignments;
  5. Incorporate concepts from other disciplines into the study of language and literature;
  6. Write for a variety of audiences and purposes.

Spanish Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Spanish program will be able to demonstrate that they can:

  1. Analyze a variety of Spanish and Latin American texts;
  2. Communicate effectively in Spanish, both orally and in writing, using appropriate grammar and vocabulary;
  3. Construct effective analytical arguments in Spanish;
  4. Show an understanding of and an appreciation for Spanish and Spanish American culture;
  5. Evaluate their learning experiences through the selection and revision of key assignments;
  6. Incorporate interdisciplinary elements into the study of the Spanish language and Spanish and Spanish American literature and culture.

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