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Languages, Literature & Philosophy

The Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy provides a broad liberal arts education for all students. Our courses emphasize reading, writing, and critical thinking, as well as research, analysis, and creative expression.

With majors in English, Spanish, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and minors in Creative Writing, English, Foreign Languages, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies , our students learn to analyze cultural texts, conduct scholarly research, think critically, and communicate effectively, while connecting their knowledge to the world at large.

Through our majors, minors, teacher certification in English and Spanish, the Concentration in Creative Writing, and certificate programs in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and Applied and Professional Ethics, our students prepare for a wide variety of professions and graduate studies.
Two students in PainterThe department sponsors several student organizations, including Sigma Tau Delta National English Honorary, the Writers Forum, the Foreign Culture Club, and Sigma Delta Pi National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. Students write, edit, and publish the university's annual literary magazine, The Dilettanti. In addition, faculty  and students have studied abroad on recent group trips to Ireland, Scotland, Mexico, Spain, and Peru, and we host the annual Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium.

Painter Hall Plaque


The Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy is located in Painter Hall. Constructed in 1922, Painter is on the National Register of Historic Places and is listed as a Mississippi Landmark.  The hallowed halls of Painter are the very same Pulitzer-Prize wining author and alumna Eudora Welty walked as a student. The historic building is also home to our sister humanities department History, Political Sciences, and Geography.


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