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School of Arts & Letters

A degree in Arts & Letters provides you with essential skills required in the workforce today. Oral and written communication, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving are highly valuable assets in both our personal and professional lives.

Coursework in the humanities allows you to engage with the creative and scholarly works of human expression. With courses in a wide variety of areas such as film and comics studies, Native studies, creative writing, ethics, acting, play analysis, and communication theory, you will be exposed to a diversity of viewpoints and ideas that will enrich your life as a human individual and help you develop your own viewpoint and understanding of the world.

In all, a humanities degree is a powerful source of knowledge, communication skills, and reasoning and thinking capabilities. The skills learned here hold value in a variety of different careers and real-world situations, empowering you with a flexibility to adapt yourself to whatever challenges and occupations you might encounter.

Skills and Competencies Gained in Arts & Letters

  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creative Thinking
  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Global Learning
  • Inquiry and Analysis

Degrees in Arts & Letters

BA Degree Programs

Creative Writing

Required Courses (48 credits)

  • ENGL180 Introduction to Literary Studies 3
  • ENGL221 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
  • ENGL223 Creative Writing II 3
  • ENGL301 Creative Prose Writing 3
  • ENGL302 Poetry Writing 3
  • ENGL303 Performance Writing 3
  • ENGL409 Advanced Writing Workshop 3
  • ENGL480 Creative Writing Portfolio I 3
  • ENGL482 Creative Writing Portfolio II 3

Select one sequence from:

Select two additional literature courses at the 300/400 level

Select two additional professional writing skills courses from:

  • ENGL222 English Grammar and Language in Context 3
  • ENGL306 Technical Writing 3
  • ENGL398 Community Workshop Internship 3
  • ENGL399 Publishing Internship 3
  • JOUR211 Newswriting 3
  • CSCI106 Web Page Design and Development 3

Select one theatre course from:

  • THEA251 History of Drama and Theatre I 3
  • THEA252 History of Drama and Theatre II 3
  • THEA333 Studies in the Drama: The Genre and Theater in Context 3
  • THEA309 Theatre Studies: (Topic) 3

English Cognate

  • USEM101 University Seminar I:  Foundation Success 1

Minor (minimum 20 credits)

General Education: All LSSU bachelor’s degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

Bachelor of Arts degree (8 credits): One year of a modern language other than English.  If taken at LSSU, this would be CHIN151CHIN152 or CHIN251CHIN252; FREN151-FREN152 or FREN251-FREN252 or SPAN161SPAN162. One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Requirements.

English Language and Literature - Secondary English Education

English Requirements (34 credits)

  • ENGL180 Introduction to Literary Studies 3
  • ENGL221 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
  • ENGL222 English Grammar and Language in Context 3
  • ENGL231 American Literature I 3
  • ENGL232 American Literature II 3
  • ENGL320 Responding to Writing 3
  • ENGL336 Young Adult Literature and Culture 3
  • ENGL345 Studies in Classic Texts 3
  • ENGL435 Studies in Visual Texts 3
  • ENGL380 History of Literary Criticism 3
  • ENGL490 Senior Thesis 2
  • ENGL499 Senior Thesis 2

English and Literacy Education Methods (6 credits):

  • EDUC440 Reading in the Content Area 3

  • EDUC441 Secondary English Methods 3
    or
  • EDUC451 Ind Study English Methods 3

Professional Education Sequence and Education Cognates- see Secondary Education.

Approved Teaching Minor Recommended – see Secondary Education.

General Education: All LSSU bachelor’s degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

Bachelor of Arts degree (8 credits): One year of a modern language other than English.  If taken at LSSU, this would be CHIN151CHIN152 or CHIN251CHIN252; or FREN151-FREN152 or FREN251-FREN252 or SPAN161SPAN162.  One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.70 or higher.  A gpa of 2.70 or higher is required in your Major, and a gpa of 2.00 or higher is required in your General Education Requirements.

Language Arts - Elementary English Education

In this program, students will complete a teaching major in Language Arts, and a planned program in the other three academic areas essential to elementary school teaching:  mathematics, natural science and social science.  The planned program is explained in the Elementary Education section of this catalog.

The program also includes general education requirements and a professional education sequence.  Students complete their initial professional education course in their sophomore year, and then apply for formal admission to the Teacher Education Program.

English Requirements (36 credits)

English Departmental Requirements (8 credits)

  • One year of a modern language other than English

For information regarding the Professional Educational Sequence and Elementary Planned Program, – see Elementary Education.

General Education: All LSSU bachelor’s degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

Bachelor of Arts degree (8 credits): One year of a modern language other than English.  If taken at LSSU, this would be CHIN151CHIN152 or CHIN251CHIN252; FREN151-FREN152 or FREN251-FREN252 or SPAN161SPAN162. One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.70 or higher.  A gpa of 2.70 or higher is required in your Major, and a gpa of 2.00 or higher is required in your General Education Requirements.

Minors

Communication

Total Credits Required: 21

  • COMM201 Small Group Communication 3

    or

  • COMM225 Interpersonal Communication 3
  • COMM211 Advanced Public Speaking 3

    or

  • COMM210 Business & Professional Speaking 3
  • COMM302 Argumentation & Advocacy 3
  • COMM307 Classical/Contemporary Rhetoric 3

    or

  • ENGL321 Rhetoric & Composition Theory 3
  • COMM308 Communication Theory 3
  • COMM325 Organizational Communication 3
  • COMM416 Communication in Leadership 3

Students must complete 21 semester hours of credit in addition to basic requirements of composition and speech (COMM101).

Creative Writing

Total Credits Required: 24

  • ENGL180 Introduction to Literary Studies 3
  • ENGL221 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
  • ENGL223 Creative Writing II 3
  • ENGL231 American Literature I 3
    and
  • ENGL232 American Literature II 3
    or
  • ENGL233 English Literature I 3
    and
  • ENGL234 English Literature II 3
  • ENGL409 Adv. Creative Writing Workshop 3

Select two from the following:

Humanities

Total Credits Required: 24

Required Courses:

Select at least 10 credits from Group A:

HUMN203 Survey of Chinese Culture 3
HUMN240 Native Art and Culture 3
HUMN255 World Mythology 4
HUMN256 Intro Film: Images of Culture 3
HUMN261 World Literature I 3
HUMN262 World Literature II 3
PHIL204 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL210 Existentialism 3
PHIL215 Ethical Theory and Practice 3
PHIL250 Philosophy of Religion 3
PHIL302 Ancient Western Philosophy 3
PHIL305 Modern Contemporary Philosophy 3

Select at least 6 credits from Group B:

ARTS109 Principles of Design and Color 3
ARTS110 Fundamentals of Drawing 3
ARTS250 Art History & Appreciation I 4
ARTS251 Art History & Appreciation II 4
SPAN261 Second Year Spanish I 3
SPAN262 Second Year Spanish II 3
FREN251 Second Year French I 4
FREN252 Second Year French II 4
THEA251 History of Drama and Theatre I 3
THEA252 History of Drama and Theatre II 3
DANC305 Dance History 3
ENGL236 Literature and Culture 3
MUSC220 History Appreciation Music I 4
MUSC221 History Appreciation Music II 4

At least 6 of the 24 credits need to be at the 300 level.

Literature

Total Credits Required: 21

Methods, Genre, and Theory (6 credits)

  • ENGL180 Introduction to Literary Studies 3
  • ENGL380 History of Literary Criticism 3

Literature (12 credits)

Choose four courses not required for major with at least one course at the 400 level.  The four courses may come from any category:

American and British Literatures

Diversity and Culture

  • ENGL235 Survey of Native Literature of North America 3
  • ENGL236 Literature and Culture 3

Textual Criticism

  • ENGL345 Studies in Classis Texts 3
  • ENGL435 Studies in Visual Texts 3

Advanced Studies

  • ENGL440 Advanced Studies in British Literature 3
  • ENGL442 Advanced Studies in American Literature 3

Professional Skills (3 credits – Choose one course not required for major)

Philosophy

Total Credits Required: 20-21

Required Courses (12 credits):

Elective Courses (8-9 credits)

  • PHIL100 Special Topics (if offered) 1-4
  • PHIL200 Special Topics (if offered) 1-4
  • PHIL204 Introduction to Philosophy 3
  • PHIL210 Existentialism 3
  • PHIL220 Biomedical Ethics 3
  • PHIL250 Philosophy of Religion 3
  • PHIL300 Special Topics (if offered) 1-4
  • PHIL400 Special Topics (if offered) 1-4
  • PHIL490 Directed Study in Philosophy 1-4
  • HUMN261 World Literature I 3
  • HUMN262 World Literature II 3

Professional Communication

Total Credits Required: 21-22

Required Courses:

Elective Courses: (6-7 credits)

Public Relations

Total Credits Required: 21

Required Courses: (13 credits)

  • COMM210 Business & Professional Speaking 3
    or
  • COMM211 Advanced Public Speaking 3
  • COMM302 Argumentation and Advocacy 3
  • COMM308 Communication Theory 3
  • COMM320 Public Relations 4

Elective Courses: (8 credits)

  • BUSN231 Business Communications 3
  • COMM280 Understanding Mass Media 3
  • COMM307 Classical/Contemporary Rhetoric 3
    COMM325 Organizational Communication 3
  • COMM399 Internship in Public Relations 1-4
  • CSCI106 Web Design and Development 3
  • CSCI107 Web Graphic Design and Development 3
  • MRKT281 Marketing Principles and Strategy 3
  • MRKT387 Advertising Theory and Practice 3
  • POLI325 Politics and Media 3

Theatre

Total Credits Required: 24

Required Practicum (3 credits):

  • THEA162 Practicum-Acting in Practice 1
  • THEA163 Practicum-Production Team 1
  • THEA164 Practicum-Healthcare Simulation 1

Employment for Arts & Letters

Any discussion of future job prospects must consider recent research regarding the changing nature of employment in the twenty-first century.

Some key findings:

An Arts & Letters degree is a smart choice in view of attaining those essential skills that prove to be stable and consistent across many different careers and throughout the long run. A humanities degree does not automatically confine you into a specific occupation, affording you a greater degree of freedom and flexibility in finding a career and a life that you wish to pursue.

Further Reading

The 10 Skills Employers Most Want In 2015 Graduates

In the Salary Race, Engineers Sprint but English Majors Endure

Dr. George Denger (Communication) is the 2019 recipient of LSSU’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Contact

Dr. Chad Barbour, Chair, Arts and Letters

Dr. Barb Light, Interim Dean, College of Education and Liberal Arts

Sheri Garee, Administrative Assistant, Arts and Letters

Journals

Border Crossing: Literary and Arts Journal

Snowdrifts: Undergraduate Journal of Writing and Art

Our Mission

Through rigorous intellectual and creative inquiry, we prepare our students for success in graduate and professional schools, along their career paths, and in an increasingly interconnected global society.

Our Vision

The disciplines in the Arts & Letters are essential to understanding the human condition. They provoke, uplift, inspire, challenge, and engage our minds and spirits. The Arts & Letters faculty are practicing artists and academics who regularly present, perform, and/or publish in our respective fields. Lake State’s faculty and students embrace interdisciplinary collaboration as we address the profound concerns of the human experience. Students leave our programs with broadened worldviews, an ethic of care for the Earth and its inhabitants, a sense of civic responsibility, and the tools for a successful life.

Faculty Publications

Collaboration

Faculty and students in the School of Arts & Letters enjoy interdisciplinary collaboration.

Fiction Editors

LSSU student Janessa Stutz, left, Prof. Mary McMyne, center,
and student John Keller, right, discuss line edits for a selected short story in the LSSU journal Border Crossing. (LSSU/John Shibley)


Nursing students work with theatre students in the Healthcare Simulation Practicum.

Nursing students Sarah Burnham, Sydney Holstege, and Michalla Fader work with theatre students Trinity Searles and Michael Oakes as part of our THEA 164 Healthcare Simulation practicum.