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Languages, Literature & Philosophy
The Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy provides a broad liberal arts education for all students. Our courses emphasize reading, writing, and critical thinking, as well as research, analysis, and creative expression.

With majors in English, Spanish, and Women’s Studies and minors in Creative Writing, English, Foreign Languages, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Women's Studies, our students learn to analyze cultural texts, conduct scholarly research, think critically, and communicate effectively, while connecting their knowledge to the world at large.

Through our majors, minors, teacher certification in English and Spanish, the Concentration in Creative Writing, and certificate programs in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and Applied and Professional Ethics, our students prepare for a wide variety of professions and graduate studies.
Two students in PainterThe department sponsors several student organizations, including Sigma Tau Delta National English Honorary, the Writers Forum, the Foreign Culture Club, and Sigma Delta Pi National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. Students write, edit, and publish the university's annual literary magazine, The Dilettanti. In addition, faculty  and students have studied abroad on recent group trips to Ireland, Scotland, Mexico, Spain, and Peru, and we host the annual Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium.

English Major with Secondary Education Certification

Students who plan to teach English in high school or middle school, can be certified through the Education department and get their major in English. The English education program is designed to give students a broad background in literature to prepare them for the praxis exam and the subjects they are likely to teach. Therefore, the secondary education program has more requirements than the regular English major. In addition to the regular requirements, students are required to take African-American literature and Methods and Materials in Secondary English. Students must take History of the English Language and their elective and survey hours must include six hour each of American, English, and World literatures. Students must also complete the required courses for Secondary Education Certification: Education as a Profession, Art and Science of Teaching, Classroom Management, Secondary Education, Educational Measurement, Educational Psychology, and one course in computers. See the Education department’s website for more information on this aspect of the program.

Full program description from the MUW Undergraduate Bulletin


Because the secondary education program has additional requirements, the number of free electives in a student’s curriulum is limited. Therefore, students interested in secondary education certification should declare their major early in order to get proper advising and preogress through their curriculum in a timely fashion. Your advisor will know when required courses are usually offered and can help you decide which electives will allow you to fulfill the required distribution in American, English, and World literature. Without proper advising, you may spend more time earning your degree.

Students should complete most of their education and major requirements prior to their senior year. In the fall semester of their senior year, students must complete any remaining requirements and take EN 410 Methods and Materials of Secondary Education and EN 499 English Capstone. Then in the Spring semester students complete their degree with the Student Teaching Semester (Classroom Management and Secondary Education).


Are you ready to join the College of Arts, Sciences, & Education at The W? The application process is easy and we don't have an application fee for undergraduate admissions. We'll even tell you about the scholarships you will receive within a week of being admitted.

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