Department of Language & Literature

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The L&L department boasts a 100% placement rate for alumni who apply to graduate schools. OC students have many opportunities to practice their craft. Soundings, an outlet for original works by OC students, alumni, faculty and staff, is among the top college literary journals in the nation. Students submit work in regional and national contests through OC’s chapter of the International English Honor Society, and serve as tutors through OC’s writing center and the Community Literacy Program.

Each year, OC brings nationally-known writers to campus. Past guests have included Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson, U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, National Book Award Winner Alice McDermott, and Tony Award Winner David Henry Hwang.

Interesting Classes I Might Take

  • American Literature Survey
  • World Literature Survey
  • Creative Writing
  • Studies in Chaucer
  • Film as Literature
  • All Courses

What I Can Do With My Degree

Professional writing-creative or technical, Education, teaching English as a second language-U.S. or abroad, professional editing or publishing, professional interpreting or translating, law and advocacy, public relations, copywriting, communications, human resources and library science.




Mission Statement

The word is central to divine and human interaction. Words are inseparable from ideas, and in the university, language carries the ideas of every academic discipline. Because its primary concerns are language and ideas, the Department of Language and Literature sees its task as leading the university to excellence in its liberal arts mission.

The Department of Language and Literature seeks to foster in its students, particularly its majors, the qualities essential to a Christian liberal arts education: the ability to read, write, and think critically; the curiosity to explore the world of ideas; the appreciation of the value of languages and literature; and the faith to integrate these various language experiences into a Christian world view.


Any questions about this department? Contact Dr. Cami Agan.