The mission of the Department of English and Modern Languages is to provide required courses for majors in other departments as well as the first four semesters of a foreign language for Foreign Language majors who transfer.
English majors at PNC learn to interpret literary and artistic texts (in all media, including film, television, and web) as well as historical documents and works of theory as the products of complex social processes. By reading and responding to texts produced to meet changing cultural needs over a wide range of historical periods, students develop an empathy for human struggles, and with it, the understanding demanded by our contemporary dilemmas.
Not only do English majors acquire skills valued by today's job market -- in research, close analysis of information, and articulate, persuasive self-expression -- they also gain a thorough knowledge of the history and development of the English language and British, American, world, and ethnic literatures within the context of a changing global society. As students learn how others have come to articulate their world views, they also become critical thinkers who can effectively communicate with others.
Minor in English Literature
Minor in Creative and Professional Writing
Before undertaking this Minor, the student must establish proficiency equivalent to Spanish Level IV. Proficiency may be established by taking and passing Spanish 202, by examination, or by other evidence acceptable to the Department of Modern Languages.
Already-Proficient Spanish Minors must earn an overall GPA of 2.67 or better in courses in the Minor. The Spanish Minor must be attached to a Major in other disciplines.
This Minor is for students who enter Purdue as already fluent speakers, readers, and writers of Spanish, as is the case, for example, with native speakers or those who have lived and studied in Spanish-speaking countries. Before undertaking this Minor, the student must establish this proficiency by an interview with the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and by showing appropriate school records and proficiency. Appropriate oral and written exams may be administered.
The minor in Latin American Studies provides students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of
Latin America and to sharpen their research, critical thinking, and written and oral skills. It will also assist
students to live and work successfully in multicultural settings. It can provide an appropriate background for
careers in business, journalism, government, teaching, or the nonprofit sector, or for graduate studies in one of the humanities or social sciences.
The minor is offered in collaboration with the Department of Social Sciences. Admission requires a 2.0 GPA overall 15 semester credit hours minimum, to include IDIS 106, and a minimum of 12 credit hours from the following: PHIL 225, PSY 239, IDIS 280, ANTH 303, ENGL 311, ENGL 360, HIST 365, PSY 365, COM 376, IDIS 380FLL 401, GBG 450, OLS 454, SOC 450 and appropriate substitutions with the approval of the program minor coordinator.
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