English, Foreign Languages and Philosophy
ContactPeggy Sturba, Chair
The Department of English, Foreign Languages and Philosophy provides students with a strong background in English, French, German and Spanish languages and literature, as well as philosophy.
We offer a wide variety of quality degree programs, including majors in English and Spanish, as well as minors in English, Spanish, French, German, Writing Specialization, Philosophy, and Women’s Studies. Within our Master of Liberal Arts degree, we offer graduate level courses in English and Philosophy. We also host a full-service Writing Center to help you achieve your own academic goals.
Our highly qualified faculty members are dedicated teachers who have published internationally, and presented papers at conferences all across the nation. One of our professors has twice traveled to Great Britain with a contingent of students under the auspices of National Endowment of the Humanities Grants. Another professor has earned a fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council and published two collections of poetry with an international press in Ireland. Yet another professor directs the Honors College and has taken students on extensive trips through Europe. One of our Spanish professors has established a foreign student exchange program with a university in South America that allows for Henderson students to study abroad for up to a year.
The English curriculum is designed to provide all students with effective reading, thinking, and writing skills and with a sound knowledge and appreciation of the English language and the great literature of Western civilization. The Department is also responsible for ensuring that English majors and minors gain a thorough knowledge of American, English, and world literature. Students majoring or minoring in English also acquire the analytic skills and aesthetic sensibilities which enable them to read, understand, appreciate, and evaluate significant works of literature. The professional mission of the Department in English instruction is to produce quality graduates who possess the knowledge and skills necessary for success as public school teachers, graduate students, students of law, or professionals in the world of government and business.
The foreign language curriculum is designed to meet the varying needs for linguistic competence in today's world. The emphasis in the first two years of study is on the acquisition of functional language skills and on the development of an understanding of the contemporary cultures of the countries involved. As students progress to the more advanced levels, they further refine their communicative language skills while having the opportunity to study literature, culture, and civilization. The professional mission of the Department in foreign languages is to build, first of all, a useful degree of functional language skills and cultural sensitivity. Through the study of foreign languages, students become acquainted with other modes of thought, expression, and cultural perspective and have the opportunity to experience literary masterpieces in their original languages. Courses are available leading to the major and minor in Spanish and to minors in French and German.
The philosophy curriculum is designed to provide students with the opportunities to develop the ability to think logically and critically, to speak and write effectively, to appreciate the complexity and diversity of world cultures, to understand the physical universe, and to participate as concerned, intelligent citizens in the discipline and in the wider world. The professional mission of the department in philosophy is to help students develop the ability to see the interconnectedness of all of the academic disciplines, to problem solve in creative and interdisciplinary ways, and to acquire the skills to succeed in graduate work in philosophy and other disciplines, as students of law, or professionals in medicine, politics, education, and business.