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Modern Languages Department


The Modern Languages department provides a stimulating environment for students who love languages, literature, and the craft of written expression. To prepare for professions compatible with those interests, students may choose from a rich variety of courses that may lead to careers in education, law, library science, government, business writing, marketing, public relations, grant writing, creative writing, editing, technical writing, and many other exciting fields.

The department of Modern Languages welcomes you into a close family of faculty and students who support one another’s efforts to dream big and to achieve. Students interested in publishing may become involved in producing The Briar Cliff Review, an internationally acclaimed literary magazine. Others may be involved in planning events such as poetry, fiction, and non-fiction readings by well-known regional and national authors.

The department invites its students to participate in a number of activities and events, including literary tours of the United Kingdom and Latin America, trips to attend professional regional theater, a departmental reading series, coffeehouse readings of student works, and numerous social and service activities.

The department offers three majors: English, Spanish, and Writing. With each of these majors, students are encouraged to tailor their educational experience to their projected career paths through the choice of electives, internship experiences, and supporting course work. Department faculty are happy to advise and support students as they identify their goals and prepare to achieve them.

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Courses

ENGL 01 IS - Interpreting Poetry
ENGL 02 IS - Careers for Humanities Majors
ENGL 05 IS - History of Literary Criticism
ENGL 06 IS - Evaluating Contemporary Literature
ENGL 110 - Introduction to Literature
ENGL 114 - Multicultural Plays and Films
ENGL 125 - Film and Literature
ENGL 14 IS - Adolescent Literature
ENGL 140 - Multicultural Voices
ENGL 150 - Women's Voices
ENGL 16 IS - Briar Cliff Review: Proofing and Producing
ENGL 175 - Independent English Study
ENGL 210 - Modern Fiction
ENGL 211 - Modern Poetry
ENGL 243 - Shakespeare
ENGL 260 - Classics of World Literature
ENGL 275 - Independent English Study II
ENGL 305 - Classical Literature and Mythology
ENGL 310 - Medieval Literature
ENGL 320 - British Renaissance Literature
ENGL 330 - British Enlightenment Literature
ENGL 340 - Nineteenth Century American Literature
ENGL 345 - Twentieth Century American Literature
ENGL 360 - British Romanticism
ENGL 365 - Victorian Literature
ENGL 375 - Independent English Study III
ENGL 440 - Special Methods in Secondary Teaching
ENGL 460 - Senior Seminar
ENGL 475 - Independent English Study IV
ENGL 490 - English Internship
SPAN 101 - Elementary Spanish I
SPAN 102 - Elementary Spanish II
SPAN 205 - Intermediate Spanish
SPAN 301 - Adavanced Grammar and Conversation
SPAN 302 - Advanced Grammar and Composition
SPAN 303 - Spanish for Careers
SPAN 311 - Culture and Civilization of Spain
SPAN 312 - Culture and Civilization of Latin America
SPAN 335 - Introduction to the Study of Literature in Spanish
SPAN 411 - Survey of the Literature of Spain
SPAN 412 - Survey of the Literature of Latin America
SPAN 435 - Lights, Camera, Action
SPAN 440 - Seminar in Teaching Methodology
SPAN 450 - International Experience
SPAN 475 - Independent Study
SPAN 490 - Spanish Internship
SPAN 498 - Senior Seminar
WRTG 100 - College Preparatory Writing
WRTG 109 - Introduction to College Writing
WRTG 128 - Introduction to Creative Writing
WRTG 159 - Contemporary Argument and Research
WRTG 175 - Independent Writing Study
WRTG 19 IS - Advanced Briar Cliff Review
WRTG 225 - Organizational Communications
WRTG 275 - Independent Writing Study II
WRTG 315 - Writing for the Web
WRTG 325 - Technical Writing
WRTG 328 - Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry
WRTG 329 - Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction
WRTG 335 - Introduction to Linguistics
WRTG 336 - Modern Grammar
WRTG 375 - Independent Writing Study III
WRTG 390 - Writing Internship
WRTG 420 - Composition Seminar/Practicum
WRTG 475 - Independent Writing Study IV
WRTG 490 - Writing Internship II

Faculty

Ryan Allen
Assistant Professor of English and Writing
712-279-5211
Tricia Currans-Sheehan
Professor of English and Writing; Editor of the Briar Cliff Review
712-279-1651
Jeanne Emmons
Professor of English and Writing
712-279-1655
Adam Frisch
Professor of English and Writing
712-279-5516
Matthew Pangborn
Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Modern Languages
712-279-1638
Carlos Vargas-Salgado
Assistant Professor of Spanish & Latin American Studies
712-279-5457