Majors

The English major at Eastern Mennonite University includes literature, writing, English language, and dramatic arts. The major focuses on important authors, texts, and genres in the Anglophone tradition while challenging students to read and interpret beyond nationalist traditions to larger global literary movements. The department requires foreign language competency through intermediate level II and encourages advanced study through the literature level.

A major in English prepares students to enter a variety of field where keen self-perception and skillful use of language are valuable. These fields include education, journalism, publishing, film production, creative writing, law, medicine, psychiatry, business, library science, Christian missions, and church and school administration. See language and literature section of the current undergraduate catalog (pdf).

Earning your secondary education license to teach involves a double major in education and your content field, English. See language and literature section of the current undergraduate catalog (pdf).

This program will prepare students to teach English by instructing them in the standards of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). This major requires foreign language competency through intermediate level II.

In addition, students must take the secondary education courses for teacher licensure.
(See page 95 of the EMU catalog)

It also includes one semester of student teaching and many other practical experiences in schools. And because EMU’s program is approved by NCATE, the national accrediting association, your teaching license for grades 6-12 will be accepted in most of the U.S.

English education majors are required to take a practice Graduate Record Exam (GRE) in the senior year.

The writing studies major involves the study of writing in various creative genres, writing for particular professions, English grammar, English literature, and practical experience in peer teaching, publishing, and internship settings. Students will study with faculty members who are published writers and will have further opportunities to interact with visiting writers through workshops and summer retreats.

The writing studies major is by intention small and flexible. Majors are encouraged to double major or minor in their other areas of interest. Simultaneous study will allow writers to broaden their knowledge bases by exploring other subjects in depth. Students will be more informed as writers and, in turn, will be able to use their writing and rhetorical skills to contribute more easily to the discourse of other fields.

Writing studies at EMU will prepare students for careers in editing, publishing, journalism, and technical writing. Those who wish to pursue studies in creative writing will produce portfolios of work suitable for graduate school application. In addition, writing studies graduates will have strong and flexible communication skills, enhancing their desirability as employees in any field they may wish to pursue.

See language and literature section of the current undergraduate catalog (pdf).

The major in Spanish Language and Hispanic Studies at Eastern Mennonite University focuses on building oral and written fluency in the language and culture. The major, however, goes far beyond mere language learning, as it is designed to offer a broad foundation in Hispanic Studies. The courses explore the literatures and cultures of Spain and Hispanic America from their first manifestations to the present. The faculty approach this rich cultural legacy from an interdisciplinary perspective that puts Hispanic American Studies and Spanish texts in dialogue with other fields of knowledge such as anthropology, environmentalism, history, human rights, women’s studies, theology and studies on globalization, among others.

All Spanish majors are required to spend one semester abroad in a Spanish-speaking country in order to immerse themselves in another culture and improve their Spanish language ability in reading, writing, and speaking. (See also Our Students on Cross-cultural.) this requirement can be waived only in very special circumstances for native speakers through a rigorous application process.

Majors will have the linguistic and cultural competency required of graduate and professional programs in the U.S. and Spanish-speaking countries.

A student majoring in Spanish Language and Hispanic Studies will complete 33SH of work above the intermediate level. See language and literature section of the current undergraduate catalog (pdf).

Earning your secondary education license to teach involves a double major in education (see pages 91-96) and your content field, Spanish Language and Hispanic Studies (see page 119-120).

This program will prepare students to teach Spanish by instructing them in the standards of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language (ACTFL).