Degrees

Majors

Minors

NUMBER OF STUDENT MAJORS: 70

NUMBER OF STUDENT MINORS: 50

PROGRAM DISTINCTIVES 

The department spearheads the literacy program, coordinating classes and volunteers to teach English both on campus and in the community.

•   The department boasts a low student - teacher ratio and prides itself on one-on-one contact between faculty and students.

•   Soundings, the literary journal sponsored by the English Honors Society Sigma Tau Delta, publishes short fiction, poetry, and art submissions from all OC students. In addition to its three national awards for excellence, there is also an endowed scholarship available for student editors of Soundings.

•   Students in the national English Honors Sigma Tau Delta society have attended national conference for 10 consecutive years. In 2014, the Rho Mu chapter from OC won Best Chapter in the nation.

•   Several students have had works published in the English Honors Society literary and scholarly publications, The Review and The Rectangle. These publications represent the highest level of academic work for undergraduates.

*  Students regularly submit and present work at regional conferences at the graduate-school level, including the Society of Comparative Literature and the Arts, the Conference on Christianity and Literature and OKTESOL.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  • 100% placement rate of 2014-2015 graduates in students’ fields of choice, including graduate studies in English, law school, education, and ministry
  • Internships have included World Literature Today, The Christian Chronicle,  DailyLit.  Pearson, The Consortium, The OK Gazette, VI Marketing and many more.
  • TEFL graduates have secured full time employment teaching English in Italy, Germany, Spain, China, Indonesia, Japan, and Korea
  • as well as domestically in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Texas, California, and Oklahoma.
    • Recent Pre-law majors have received full-tuition scholarships to University of Oklahoma School of Law as well as Southern Methodist University School of Law. 

PROGRAM PARTICIPATION

Rho Mu, local chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society, creates strong community in the department: they organize activities, and produce the Soundings literary journal each year, as well as a monthly underground ‘zine, The Skinny Voice.

•   Department staffs The Writer’s Block—the university’s writing center. Writing center tutors regularly evaluate their writing center employment as key to improving their own writing and teaching skills.

•   Spanish Club welcomes students interested in Spanish language and Hispanic culture and plans a weekly chapel in Spanish.

•   Students from the department organize two departmental chapels a week, one in Spanish and one in English. These smaller spiritual gatherings help create strong bonds among students and faculty and develop our goal of connecting faith and learning.

•   The Rho Mu chapter of Sigma Tau Delta develops incoming student activities, as well as alumni gatherings, to encourage community and networking.

•   Senior capstone course allows students to present their analytical quality work to a campus-wide audience. The course also offers visits to local graduate and professional programs.

  • The Spring break Costa Rica program allows upper-level Spanish students the chance to immerse in the language, live with families, and experience the culture of Costa Rica.