Languages and Literatures
Marilyn Durham, chair
Languages & Literatures Dept.
About the Programs
In the Department of Languages and Literatures, students receive an education for life. The curriculum is student-centered with a focus on teaching the whole person. The department's mission is to educate students in the art of communication along with the knowledge and appreciation of literature and its cultural context.
Teaching is a strength of the department. In 1999, the department received the Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents.
Majors and minors in English, French, German and Spanish are available. Students can also take several levels of Chinese, Japanese and Arabic. English majors can choose a concentration in creative writing, professional writing and book publishing or literature. An Education emphasis is available in all majors except the professional writing and book publishing emphasis.
There are many opportunities for students to get involved, including writing and editing for The MUSE campus literary magazine, and reading at the Works in Progress Café, a biweekly forum featuring faculty and student works of creative writing. Several national honor societies are open to students with strong academic records. Student-led foreign language clubs provide further language practice and cultural exploration.
Foreign language majors can participate in language/cultural immersion experiences at home and abroad.
Career opportunities include teaching English as a foreign language, writing, editing and publishing, translation, state and national government, fundraising and grant writing.