English and Philosophy Department
Dr. Mary Paniccia Carden
Literature- The students' fields of study begin with the basic survey courses introducing students to American, British, and a number of literatures from other cultural and ethnic sources. In the ensuing years students gain familiarity and a thorough intellectual appreciation of numerous literary movements, historical literary movements, and schools of literary criticism and thought.
Although students will eventually specialize in one particular genre, the Writing Program is designed to give students the ability to practice in all areas of writing, both creative and utilitarian. The core course of Creative Writing and Advanced Composition reaffirm this philosophy to prepare students for careers in artistic endeavors and a wide variety of professional walks of life that require, at their core, exceptionally strong writing skills and analytic abilities.
The Associate of Arts (AA) Degree in Liberal Studies is designed to meet the needs of students seeking a two-year degree program of higher education and accompanying credentials. It aims to educate students to communicate effectively, to think both creatively and critically, and to work across disciplines. It allows the student to have choices and flexibility in designing a concentration that meets his or her individual career goals and objectives. Students can organize a program of study that is both personally interesting and professionally relevant. Equipped with these highly transferrable skills, students can pursue a wide range of career paths or move into a bachelor's degree program. It can be used to improve their current employment standing or to find entry into careers in social services, government and business.
The Creative Writing Minor allows students to compile a portfolio of original writing in a variety of genres. By completing workshop courses at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels, students will practice techniques common to all good writing, employ a variety of styles and approaches unique to individual genres, and deepen their experience of writing as an artistic discipline.
The minor in English draws from both Literature and the Writing Concentration in the BA degree program in English. Within its 21 required hours, the student will sample English, American and comparative literature, and elect at least two upper division English courses. In addition, each student will complete at least one upper division writing course, and English language/linguistics course, and a course in literary methodologies.
The philosophy minor is designed to introduce the student to philosophical theory and practice, past and present. The teacher is a model of philosophical practice. The variety of courses offered give the student an opportunity to sample philosophical approaches to logic, knowledge, wisdom, death & dying, sex & love, metaphysics, social-political philosophy, popular culture issues, and ethics.
The Professional Writing minor draws on core, intermediate, editing, and advanced writing courses from the BA English: Writing program in combination with selected courses from other disciplines to give students a solid foundation in professional writing.
The Religious Studies minor is designed to help prepare a student for seminary or for graduate work in religious studies. The core requirements ground the student in philosophical, historical, and sociological approaches to religious study. The electives allow the students to diversify their understanding of religion through coursework options in art, English, history, sociology, and philosophy.
The interdisciplinary Women’s Studies Minor enable students to examine the causes and effects of the condition of women around the world and to explore issues and questions related to the advancement of women.