Jun 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Division of Humanities


Dr. Sarah Stafford Sims, Chair

English
Dr. Paul Brooks
Dr. Judith Collins
Dr. Justy Engle
Dr. Nathan Gower
Mr. David Harrity
Dr. Kelly Lehtonen
Dr. Thomas Lyon
Ms. Erin Milburn
Ms. Nancy New
Dr. Matthew Oliver
Mrs. Natalie Oliver
Dr. Scott Rasnic
Dr. Sarah Stafford Sims
Dr. Susan Wright
 
International Studies
Ms. Mariah Akridge Atwood, lead professor
Mr. Timothy Hooker
 
Modern Foreign Language
Dr. Carmen Arranz
Dr. Parfait Bonkoungou
Dr. Johana Perez Weisenberger, lead professor
 
Theatre and Dance
Ms. Christen Connolly
Ms. Kristin Dowdy
Mrs. Starr Garrett, lead professor
Mr. Daniel Hall
 
Women’s and Gender Studies
Dr. Judith Collins
Dr. Cary Ruiz
Dr. Wendy Wood

Teaching English as a Second Language
Mr. Eduardo L. Trindade, Director
Mr. Joshua W. Detherage
Mr. Robert W. Parrish

Purpose

The Humanities Division offers a minor in dance; an area, major, and minor in English; a minor in French; a major and minor in international studies; an area, major, and minor in Spanish; a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language; a major and minor in Theatre; and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies to enable students to prepare for a wide range of academic, professional, and vocational pursuits and for life-long service to God and to humankind.

All students with an area or major in the Division of Humanities must take MAC 120  or MAC 140  as part of their General Education requirements.

Advanced Placement in Foreign Language

Students with high school foreign language credit should consult the modern foreign language faculty to seek advanced placement. Students may receive credit in one or more modern foreign languages on the basis of demonstrated proficiency.

Foreign Language Requirement for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

To qualify for a Bachelor of Arts degree, students must complete at least twelve hours in modern foreign language courses. Four three-hour courses in one language or two three-hour courses in each of two languages will fulfill the requirement. The foreign culture courses numbered 101 do not count toward this requirement.

Waiver of the Foreign Language Requirement

The foreign language requirement will be waived for students whose native language is not English.

Determination of Proficiency and Eligibility for Waiver

The foreign language faculty will use tests to determine whether a student has attained proficiency in a foreign language and whether a student is eligible for waiver of or exemption from the foreign language requirement.

The English Programs

The Department of English provides programs of study for students who recognize the power of language and want to develop a mastery of the English language in order to be insightful critical readers and competent scholarly and creative writers. They may pursue a major, a minor, or an area of concentration as they work toward either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. The Department of English also provides components of the General Education Program ( ENG 111 - Freshman Composition I ; ENG 112 - Freshman Composition II ; and ENG 210 - Literary Studies ) and one developmental course  ( ENG 110 - Basic English ).

International Studies

The Division of Humanities offers a major and a minor in International Studies that lead to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.  The International Studies major offers concentrations in European, global culture, intercultural mission, international business, Latin American, and TESOL studies.

Modern Foreign Languages

The Division of Humanities offers a major and minor in Spanish and provides elementary and intermediate courses in Spanish, French and German. A Spanish Education, P-12, area is available as well. CHN 101, Chinese Language and Culture, is also offered. All Spanish Education Area and Spanish Major students must take MAC 120  or MAC 140  as part of their General Education requirements.

Theatre and Dance

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Theatre, providing a major and a minor in Theatre and a minor in Dance.  Theatre majors choose an emphasis in performance or production.

Women’s and Gender Studies

The Division of Humanities offers an interdisciplinary minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, focusing on the impact and experience of gender at both the individual and institutional levels

Teaching English as a Second Language

The Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate is a thirteen-hour online program.  When accompanied with a Bachelor’s degree, the TESL certificate enables students to teach English abroad.

 

Programs