These are exciting times in the Humanities as the traditional issues of literature and philosophy are supplemented with questions about the roles of gender and race. From Shakespeare to Creative Writing to Feminist Philosophy to Minority Literary Studies, we have the courses for you.
Even if you are committed to another major, we have minors in English, Philosophy, Folklore, Religious Studies, and Women and Gender Studies which will complement your major.
Our departmental mission is two-fold. The service mission is to assist in providing students across the university with critical thinking skills, writing skills, and a broad introduction to the humanities and their importance, as well as provide for a number of other majors advanced skills and knowledge in the humanities which those programs believe their graduates need.
The degree mission of the department is to provide department graduates with the skills and knowledge for a variety of careers or for graduate or law school or other professional study through the development of close reading, writing, and critical thinking skills and through an in-depth study of a discipline.
We also seek to enhance the student's role as citizen, not only through the enhancement of analytic and problem solving skills, but also through the development of aesthetic and moral awareness.
The Delta Blues Symposium was organized by the Department of English & Philosophy in 1994. The conference brings award-winning writers, renowned scholars and well known performers to campus each year attracting audiences and participants from across the country.
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Dr. Gregory Hansen, professor of English and folklore, has completed plans and developed the schedule for Delta Symposium XXI, sponsored by the Department of English and Philosophy and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. This year's theme, "The South Goes to the Movies," ties in with the concurrent inaugural Delta Flix Film and Media Festival, sponsored by the College of Media and Communication. The Delta Symposium overview is online.