Outstanding skills essential in today’s technological and multi-cultural society are critical thinking and proficiency in written and spoken communication, skills that are the core of the humanities-based Department of English, Modern Languages, and Liberal Arts. Beyond this, the study of humanities expands consciousness and deepens awareness of both our cultural heritage and contemporary society. Careful thinking and critical reading can also strengthen tolerance and appreciation of cultures besides our own.
The study of English focuses upon writing, research, and critical thinking in courses ranging from basic composition to a study of literature reaching back to the Hebrews and forward to contemporary writers. The study involves in-depth analysis of changing social and political aspects as well as emotional and spiritual concerns of people from around the world. With this enhanced awareness, together with the knowledge-based background the discipline offers, students can look forward with confidence to finding a successful place in the world outside college.
Spanish majors gain not only a deepened awareness of the culture of the language but also intensive study to increase skills in spoken and written communication. Courses range from beginning and intermediate skills courses to a wide range of advanced courses in composition and literature. A state-of-the-art language laboratory enables students to enhance listening comprehension skills. These methods of language study help to prepare students for a variety of careers in our ever-changing world.
Liberal Arts/Interdisciplinary Studies majors engage in a holistic, comprehensive approach to education which prepares them to think and operate for a lifetime, not just for a specific profession. Students choose three areas of concentration from degree programs within both the B.A. and B.S. degrees. Areas of concentration include: Accounting, Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Christian Studies, Communication Arts, CIS, Criminal Justice, Ecology and Field Biology, Economics, Education, English, History, Management, Ministry, Music, Natural Science, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Spanish, Sports Management, Theatre, among others.
These degrees are also attractive for double majors who want more versatility in their studies. In addition, we require a capstone course designed to help students develop an elevator speech, as well as presentation and interviewing skills. Besides being accepted at various prestigious schools for Master’s Degrees and Ph.D.’s, our graduates are very marketable: nearly 100% of our graduates are in advanced degree programs or employed in a variety of careers.
The department also offers the following minors: English, French, Spanish, Literature, Professional Writing, and Liberal Arts.
The Department of English, Modern Languages, and Liberal Arts offers these additional benefits and opportunities:
- Scholarships for beginning students majoring in these disciplines, given through our Winthrop-King Scholarships
- Winthrop-King International Scholarships for Study Abroad in all three disciplines
- Outstanding faculty credentials: nine full-time faculty members, all with a Ph.D. and many with strong publication records in peer-reviewed academic and literary journals
- Professors who are native speakers in both Spanish and French
- Innovative course offerings in Integrative and Interdisciplinary Studies
- The Chimes, a high-quality literary magazine
- A cadre of outstanding graduates in many diverse career fields, such as teaching on the secondary, college, and university level, television and radio, personnel, law, publishing, editing, translating, international relations and/or business
Kelsey Ikerd, English 2015
Kelsey was married in June to her college sweetheart, Chad Ikerd. They are so happy and are beyond thankful to Shorter for bringing them together. Kelsey is currently the lead 9th grade Honors teacher for the English department at Northwest Whitfield High School in Tunnel Hill, which is her alma mater. She is also the head volleyball coach and assisting basketball coach. Chad and she reside in Dalton with their pup, Lucy.
Angelica Aranda, English 2016
Angelica recently graduated with a Masters of Arts in English (Literature) and is now pursing an M.Ed in College Student Affairs. She is currently serving as the graduate assistant in the Student Ombuds office at University of South Florida.