English and Foreign Languages

MISSION STATEMENT FOR THE ENGLISH PROGRAM

The English Program is designed to develop critical thinking, writing, and speaking skills and to acquaint students with the aesthetic and cultural values inherent in literature.  The English program teachers the traditional canon of English and American literature and language (1) as a body of knowledge to be mastered, (2) as a means of reinforcing literature's aesthetic and cultural values, and (3) as a means of refining thinking, writing, and researching skills.  The program has expanded its literature offerings beyond the conservative, traditional spectrum to included multicultural literature.

OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES

1.  The student will perform the fundamentals of literary research and employ the appropriate tools available to students as seekers of textual knowledge.

2.  The student will compose a coherent, well-written essay.

3.  The student will demonstrate understanding of the cultural values and the deeper understanding of human nature and its attendant ethical perplexities that literary study invites.

OUR STUDENTS HAVE EXCELLED IN THE FOLLOWING ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES:

  • The Fulbright-Gilmore Scholarship for an English major to study abroad in Costa Rica;
  • Students were encouraged to apply for grants to study in Costa Rica, Mexico, China, Spain, and Russia;
  • The grant-sponsored lectures that enrich students' knowledge of humanities and literature (National Endowment for the Humanities; NEA Big Read, MDNHAP);
  • IHL HEADWAE Award;
  • IHL Diversity and Inclusion Award
  • IHL Critical Need Teacher Loan/Scholarship;
  • Award for the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute;
  • William Winter Scholar Award that exposes students to scholarly lectures in Natchez, Mississippi;
  • Delta Research Scholarships;
  • Jobs that use writing;
  • Teaching practicum at regional secondary schools;
  • Serving as writing tutors;
  • Initiation of Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta;  The International English Honor Society;
  • Student community service through presenting the Extending the Richard Wright Experience at Leflore High School;
  • Maya Angelou Words of Wisdom Essay Contest;
  • Poetry readings;
  • Presenting papers at professional conferences such as Mississippi Philological Association and Delta Symposium;
  • Attending the Zelma T. Howard Lecture Series lectures by noted writers and scholars (Tayari Jones, Dick Lourie, Sterling Plumpp, Jerry Ward, Claude Wilkinson, Tyehimba Jess, Floyd Hays, Diane Williams, Charles "Wsir" Johnson, Fulbright Scholars from China, Russia, Morocco and Lebanon);
  • Majors having round table discussion with the noted Richard Wright Scholar Dr. Jerry Ward;
  • Encouraging majors to further study in the graduate programs;
  • Working with the National Read-in-Chain Program for student reading in the Black History Month;
  • Newspaper editing for the campus student paper;
  • Encouraging students to write and publish their research paper and creative in journals;
  • Training students to acquire editorial skills for the literary journal and the departmental newspaper.