The goal of the faculty in the areas of English and Foreign Language is to enable students to develop written communication and critical thinking skills which will enhance their success in college and in their careers. Through literature courses, the instructors seek to introduce the diversity of existing worldviews, the continuity of the human experience, and an appreciation for the historical, cultural, and spiritual values present in a study of literature.
Instruction is also provided in the Spanish and German languages. This coursework is designed to introduce students to the language, culture and heritage of Spanish-and German-speaking people.
Students may choose from three concentrations in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees: literature, literature and writing, and professional writing. Students may also select coursework that will enable them to certify to teach English at the secondary level or to teach language arts at the elementary level.
Students may choose English courses in fulfillment of minors in English, English education, humanities, and professional writing. Foreign language coursework fulfills a general education requirement in all the Bachelor of Arts programs at Rochester College and serves as a valuable complement to other programs.
Careers available to graduates with concentrations in literature, literature and writing, or professional writing include education, journalism, technical writing, business, law, library science, and government service. Many employers value a liberal arts degree as a solid foundation for the world of work. The English concentration provides a better understanding of human nature and universal issues and truths, and helps exercise critical thinking skills.
In today’s world, foreign language qualifications can be a valuable asset. Organizations engaged in global business seek multilingual graduates to fill positions in business, banking, and finance. Multilingual communicators may find jobs as translators or teachers.