Saint Xavier University Faculty

Language and Literature

Programs

Because we offer a broad range of majors and minors, you will have the flexibility and faculty support to design a course of study that will help you achieve your educational and professional goals.  For some students this may mean a double major in Spanish and International Relations, for others a minor in Writing with a major in Biochemistry.  The faculty in the Department of Language and Literature is committed to exploring the inextricable links between language, literature, and rhetoric in the contexts most relevant to our students, and we work closely with our majors and other departments to offer courses that deliver a rigorous and purposeful learning experience.  

Academic Options for Majors

English, Global Literature Concentration

The English major is a 36 credit-hour program that provides a general grounding in the disciplines of English. This curriculum is based upon a guideline approach and aims to develop in students informed habits of thought, research, discussion and writing. It emphasizes both the knowledge and skills that will prepare students for post-baccalaureate study or for career opportunities.

Global Literatures

Students who complete a concentration in Global Literatures will be able to:

  1. Identify the major traditions of literature and analyze texts using critical and theoretical models appropriate to those traditions.
  2. Identify the differences stemming from class, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality and gender as expressed in a variety of texts.
  3. Discuss, interpret and contextualize implicit or explicit values contained in literary texts.
  4. Articulate the value of literary texts as cultural artifacts that provide insight into culture and identity.

English, Rhetoric and Writing Concentration

The English major is a 36 credit-hour program that provides a general grounding in the disciplines of English. This curriculum is based upon a guideline approach and aims to develop in students informed habits of thought, research, discussion and writing. It emphasizes both the knowledge and skills that will prepare students for post-baccalaureate study or for career opportunities.

Rhetoric and Writing

Students who complete a concentration in Rhetoric and Writing will be able to:

  1. Identify and employ rhetorical strategies (i.e., invention, arrangement, and style) to analyze and compose texts.
  2. Produce effective written, visual and multimedia texts that are responsive to different purposes and audiences.
  3. Identify and respond to the influences of class, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, gender and other identity markers on literacy practices.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical responsibilities inherent in the act of reading and writing texts.

English Secondary Education

The English education major is a 39 credit-hour program designed for students who wish to become English Language Arts teachers in Illinois middle and secondary schools. As well as providing a strong foundation in the disciplines of English, this major focuses on the preparation of teachers according to NCATE/NCTE and Illinois Content Area Standards for Educators. Students who seek Illinois secondary certification through the English education major must also apply for admission to the School of Education's secondary education minor program and complete the courses required for that minor as well as the state certification requirements.

Spanish, Option 1: Spanish Language, Literature and Civilization

The program of a major in Spanish includes a minimum of 33-36 credit hours in Spanish beginning at any 200-level course. It is designed to provide a solid foundation in Spanish language, literature and civilization.

Spanish, Option 2: Spanish in the Professions

This option is intended primarily for those students who plan to make use of the Spanish language in a professional environment other than teaching. It requires a minimum of 42-45 credit hours. 

Spanish Education

This program provides a strong foundation in Spanish and focuses on the preparation of teachers according to NCATE/ACTFL and Illinois Content Standards for Educators.

Spanish students who are seeking teaching certification must be admitted to the School of Education, complete all requirements for Option I: Spanish Language, Literature and Civilization, all general education courses and all professional education courses with a minimum grade of "C," and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. In addition, candidates must successfully complete state certification requirements and the oral proficiency interview (OPI) test.

Consult the School of Education section of the catalog for specific requirements and procedures. It is the responsibility of each student to ascertain and fulfill the requirements for the degree program. The major advisor will assist the student in this responsibility.

Academic Options for Minors

English Minor

English minors can include a concentration in some aspect of English studies, such as literary genres, American or British literature, a historical approach to literature, multicultural literature, cultural studies or language.

Writing Minor

The purpose of the writing minor is to offer Saint Xavier University students additional opportunities to develop and demonstrate advanced skills in written communication. Students will find courses in business and professional writing, as well as courses in creative and academic writing. A total of 18 credit-hours is required to complete the minor program.

Spanish Minor

All Spanish minors must complete with grades of "C" or above 18 hours in the foreign language beginning at the intermediate (103-104) level. No more than 6 hours of foreign language courses can be taught in English (231-232 and 340).