English & Foreign LanguagesMoran Hall7000 Adventist BlvdHuntsville, AL 35896Phone: (256) 726-7186Fax: (256) 726-7042
English (B.A.)English Language Arts Education (B.S.)English/Professional Writing (B.A.)Spanish (B.A.)
MissionThe Department of English and Foreign Languages provides quality Christian education for students from diverse educational backgrounds through its programs in English and foreign languages. With such programs, the Department, in the words of the university mission statement, “emphasizes academic excellence; promotes harmonious development of mind, body, and spirit; and prepares leaders in service for God and humanity.”
PurposeThe Department of English and Foreign Languages serves a dual purpose. On the one hand, it functions as the university’s largest service department, and on the other, it offers majors in two distinct programs.
A. Service DepartmentThe department provides a major segment of the liberal arts curriculum through its general education offerings in writing, literature, and foreign languages; and it provides remedial courses in reading, writing, and English as a second language. Through general education and remedial course offerings, the department thus serves every student.
B. Majors• The English program is intended to meet the needs of students desiring a strong liberal arts background and/or superior writing skills for the job market, offering the traditional English major as well as a major in professional writing. Graduates pursue advanced studies in English and related fields, and English is also a major of choice for law school aspirants.• The Spanish language program, in conjunction with Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA), provides students with an opportunity to acquire knowledge of the geography, culture, and language of a particular country. The program meets prerequisites for graduate school, and bilingual students find unlimited opportunities for service in the corporate world.
High School PreparationStudents wishing to major in English or Spanish should follow the college preparatory program in high school. Students should endeavor to read widely and learn to express themselves clearly and correctly in speech and in writing.
Exit ExaminationsAll majors in English and Spanish are required to take an exit examination during their senior year with a minimum 70 percent passing grade.
Career OpportunitiesEnglish is an excellent degree for students desiring to enter general service areas of the business world where skills such as editing, grant proposal writing, and speech writing are always in high demand. Other opportunities include graduate school, law, library science, medicine, and teaching. Foreign language majors with their bilingual skills find unlimited opportunities for work and graduate school.