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English and Philosophy Testimonials
English and Philosophy Testimonials
English and Philosophy Testimonials
English and Philosophy Testimonials
English and Philosophy Testimonials
English and Philosophy Testimonials

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Mission Statement

English Department Mission Statement

The English mission is to instill a love of learning, language, and literature, with effective critical thinking, reading, and writing skills, and to inspire lifelong intellectual growth and creativity using traditional and emerging technologies.  The English faculty prepares well-qualified graduates in English as teachers, as pre-professionals, and as professionals;  fosters the literary arts through the creative writing program, Pleiades Press, and cultural activities;  provides graduate studies and research opportunities in English and TESL;  provides general education courses in composition and literature;  provides support courses in ESL for Central Missouri's diverse student population;  strives to excel in teaching, while engaging in scholarship, creative activities, and service;  enhances teaching and learning and improves programs through assessment and technological applications;  promotes appreciation for the value of human diversity;  and supports student and faculty participation in Central Missouri's international programs.

Goals for English Majors

The English Department at Central Missouri believes that the undergraduate degree in English should direct students toward attaining specified and critical knowledge and skills essential to success in the field. Ultimately, however, the process of learning and evaluating English, as in all disciplines, especially in the humanities, should have the eventual development of attitudes and values that are not easily quantified but that are revealed indirectly through overall performance in the academy and beyond--an inward spiritual growth of which academic, professional, and life accomplishments are visible signs.  

The English Department also recognizes that the process by which these goals are achieved as well as the weight given any one of them may vary for the individual student as well as for the individual teacher and individual program, and that exposure to and understanding of various processes, approaches, and values are some of the primary benefits of higher education.  All five goals apply to the BS in Ed. program. The first three goals - literature, expression, and research - apply to the BA program.

 

Literature Goal:  Students should appreciate the aesthetics of literature; understand its origins, trends, critical approaches, classifications, and limitations; and evaluate significant patterns of meaning found in its study.

Levels of Achievement -- Students should be able to:

Expression Goal:  Students should be able to write and speak with clarity, originality, and logic, demonstrating rhetorical skills necessary for successful communication.

Levels of Achievement--Students should be able to:

Research Goal:  Students should accomplish primary and secondary research, incorporating the results into formal written and oral presentations.

Levels of Achievement--Students should be able to:

Language Goal:  Students should understand language diversity as well as language uses, the relationship between spoken and written language, grammatical systems, historical developments and social/cultural adaptations, and particular and universal linguistic features.

Levels of Achievement--Students should be able to:

Teaching Goal:  Students should be able to identify the components of a sound language arts curriculum at the secondary school level, understand and apply currently accepted teaching theory and practice, and incorporate these skills into a personal philosophy and teaching style that accounts for diverse student backgrounds, needs, and abilities and that reflect a growing teaching expertise.

Levels of Achievement--Students should be able to:

Want to know what your career options are? Check out these links:

English Bachelor of Science in Education 4-year-plan and Career Opportunities

 

English Bachelor of Arts 4-year-plan and Career Opportunities