English Mission Statement

English Mission Statement

“Literature shows us our common humanity. It enriches our lives, broadens our perspectives, and furnishes our minds with language to say that for which we have no words. The value of literature is both intrinsic and invaluable. That’s why I love it and love sharing that love with my students.”–Dr. Sara Cordell

Dr. Bussell instructs undergraduate students in linguistics
Dr. Bussell instructs undergraduate students in linguistics
  • The UIS English Department emphasizes the humanistic endeavors of reading, writing, and studying texts in a variety of genres across cultures and times; the connection between critical and literary reading and a range of academic, professional, and creative pursuits; students’ participation in the creation of knowledge in many literary modalities and media; and the connection between civic life and the study of composition and literary texts. We offer Bachelor of Arts (Online and On-Campus) and Master of Arts degrees, an undergraduate minor in English, and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English. Students may study a range of courses in British, American and World Literature, and Linguistics. They may also take a variety of writing courses.
  • Wondering what you can do with the skills you will gain from our classes? Read more about career paths for which an English degree will prepare you.

Modern Languages Mission Statement

“I always try to be mindful of the fact that learning a foreign language is not only a linguistic but also a cultural experience.”–Dr. Maximilliano Sánchez

Dr. Sánchez engages in Spanish conversation with students
Dr. Sánchez engages in Spanish conversation with students

 

  • Knowledge of a second language is an essential component in the formation of an educated person in this increasingly interconnected world. Real use of a second language will allow you to compete and cooperate both at home and in the international arena. Students at UIS are offered courses in Chinese (Mandarin) and Spanish.
  • Our foreign language  curriculum is based on language instruction models that emphasize the four language skills: speaking, reading, writing, and listening. After completing the final semester of the four-course language sequence, students should be able to speak, understand, read, and write in cognate languages (Spanish) at an intermediate-mid level, or at, in non-cognate languages (Chinese), an intermediate-low level. These ratings are based on the scale set by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
  • Wondering what you can do with the skills you will gain from our classes? Read more about career paths for which foreign language proficiency will prepare you.