Department of English and Modern Languages

About Us

What majors and minors are offered?
Why should I choose Missouri Western’s program?
What type of graduate schools and programs are your graduates attending?
What are the admission requirements for the program?
As a high school student, how should I prepare for an English or modern language degree?
What is the typical class size?
What student organizations are available?
What types of awards have your faculty received?
What types of grants has your department received?

What majors and minors are offered?

  • Bachelor of Arts in English/Literature. Literature students leave Missouri Western well-prepared for advanced studies in English or to enter professional schools such as law or library science.
  • Bachelor of Arts in English/Public Relations. Public Relations graduates find positions in business and/or professional settings that demand a knowledge of and proficiency in communication skills.
  • Bachelor of Arts in English/Technical Communication. Technical Communication graduates are well prepared to enter the work world as technical writing specialists.
  • Bachelor of Science in Education/English leads to certification by the state of Missouri to teach Language Arts in grades 9-12.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Frenchis designed for students who wish to use their extensive knowledge of French in a business setting or to enter graduate school in French upon graduation.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish is designed for students who wish to use their extensive knowledge of Spanish in a business setting or to enter graduate school in Spanish upon graduation.
  • Bachelor of Science in Education/French leads to certification by the state of Missouri to teach French in grades 9-12.
  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Spanish leads to certification by the state of Missouri to teach Spanish in grades 9-12.

Minors are available in Childhood Studies, Gender and Power Studies, French, German, International Studies, Literature, Spanish and Technical Communication.

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Why should I choose Missouri Western’s program?
Our program offers a wide variety of majors, allowing students to choose one that matches their interests and goals.

We offer hands-on learning experiences with cutting-edge technology and up-to-date software. You will also have the opportunity to take advantage of outstanding study abroad programs to Spain, Mexico, France, Ireland, Germany and England.

All tenured and tenure-track faculty members have their terminal degrees, and several have published books in their fields. Faculty members work closely with their students, developing strong relationships that benefit their growth.

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What type of graduate schools and programs are your graduates attending?
Graduates pursue advanced degrees at several universities, including University of Missouri–Columbia, University of Missouri–Kansas City and University of Kansas, Lawrence. Our graduates have continued their studies in our own Master of Applied Arts in Written Communication.

Missouri Western’s English, foreign language and journalism programs prepare graduates for a variety of advanced degrees, including teaching, law or administration.

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What are the admission requirements for the program?
The admission requirements are the same as the institution’s.

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As a high school student, how should I prepare for an English or modern language degree?
Along with the Missouri high school core curriculum, students are encouraged to take courses in a foreign language, literature, and writing.

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What is the typical class size?
Class sizes in majors courses average 15 students, allowing for considerable one-on-one interaction between professors and students.

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What student organizations are available?

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What types of awards have your faculty received?
Faculty members in the department have received the following awards/recognitions:

  • Fulbright Scholarship
  • Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award
  • Board of Governors Distinguished Faculty Award
  • Jesse Lee Myers Excellence in Teach Award
  • James V. Mehl Outstanding Scholarship Award
  • Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Council of Chairperson’s Award
  • Drum Major for Justice Award
  • Outstanding Advisor Award
  • James J. Scanlon Service-Leader Award

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What types of grants has your department received?
The English Department’s Prairie Lands Writing Project receives an annual grant

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