The Department of English and Foreign Languages provides courses
leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with majors in literature
and teaching. In addition, the
department offers a broad range of electives in language and literature designed to enhance the general education of all
students, regardless of major.
The mission of the English department is to help students appreciate,
understand, and interpret the human experience as it is expressed through the
written and spoken word. To achieve this
end, the curricula provide opportunities for the student (1) to gain mastery of
language, especially the forms of Standard American English, (2) to develop
skills and techniques of effective writing, (3) to cultivate an appreciation
for literature from a variety of cultures and skills in interpreting it, (4) to
develop and broaden problem-solving and analytical skills, and (5) to develop
Through its curricula the department prepares its majors to enter the work force in a variety of
occupations, including teaching, writing and editing, business and sales,
public relations, and government service with local, state, and federal
agencies. The major also prepares
students for graduate or professional study in such fields as literature,
linguistics, communications, law, library science, and business administration.
Students majoring in English may choose
from two distinct majors: literature or teaching. Students who are interested
in graduate school, professional writing, and college teaching should choose
the literature major. Students interested in
secondary school teaching should choose the teaching major.
The literature major provides an excellent background for those majors who
wish to enter law, medicine, business, or government service. With course preparation in the aforementioned
areas, a student in the literature concentration can be assured of using the
English language effectively, an invaluable asset in professional fields. For further details on these professional
options, contact the English Department, 108 Harmon Hall, (601) 877-6400.
Students majoring in English
Literature can choose a concentration in Professional Writing. This
concentration includes twelve hours in writing courses as designated by the department
chair/advisor. Students majoring in
Communication can choose a concentration in English. Students majoring in Elementary Education can
choose a concentration in Language Arts by taking selected English courses.
The English Department also
offers an endorsement in English for the Master
of Science in Education Degree in Secondary Education (MS E.D.).