Department of English and Modern Languages

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of English and Modern Languages is to serve the campus in many ways. It offers the B.A. in English, which may be applied to careers in teaching, professional and creative writing, library science, public relations, and other fields requiring skills in critical thinking, writing, and research. The degree also prepares students for graduate studies in English, law, and other related fields. The Department provides a diverse range of courses in literature, writing, theatre, and language, including American Sign Language, to meet the degree requirements of majors and non-majors as well as services to enhance student success.

To supplement their degrees and interests, PNC students may choose from several different minors:

  • English Literature
  • Professional and Creative Writing
  • Gender Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Spanish

Students are encouraged to become socially active in the campus and community through membership in the ASL Club, the English Club, the Alpha Mu Pi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, and the Spanish Club.

Students’ critical, creative, and artistic works are honored through the Department’s annual writing contest and publication of Portals. The Writing Center is staffed with trained tutors, many of them are English majors, aids students across campus in drafting, revising, and editing their papers, and the Digital Humanities Lab offers personal assistance and learning tools to help students strengthen their foreign language skills.

Contact the Department of English and Modern Languages

Purdue University North Central
Technology Building, Room 353
1401 S. U.S. 421
Westville, IN 46391

Dr. Jerry Holt
Department Chair
Phone: (219) 785-5346
Fax: (219) 785-5518

Cindy Christ
Department Secretary
Departments of Communication and English & Modern Languages
TECH 353, Ext. 5202
Fax: 219-785-5518

(219) 785-5202
Toll-Free in Indiana: (800) 872-1231 ext. 5202
Fax Number: (219) 785-5518