Languages and Liberal Studies

Academic Department

The Department of Languages and Liberal Studies offers a number of majors and minors to meet students’ intellectual and vocational needs including:

  • preparing students for graduate study in English or Spanish and other allied fields such as law; and
  • offering general education courses designed to guide students toward receiving and transmitting ideas accurately and effectively, interpreting and appreciating literary expression, and understanding the nature of language and its importance in intellectual growth.

Specifically, the department offers these degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English (with options of a literature track and professional writing track; the writing track is also fully online)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Minors in Spanish and English are also available

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in English may choose from either the literature track or the technical and professional writing track. Most courses for the writing track are available online.

Students who complete study in these tracks pursue a number of exciting future possibilities ranging from graduate school to teaching, law or medical school, the publishing field, journalism, or professional writing. An English degree can also be a ticket into nearly any aspect of the rapidly growing field of either traditional or electronic communication. Additionally, graduates are prepared to teach in public schools and to pursue careers in government, business, and industry.

The Department of English and Foreign Languages at Fort Valley State University is meeting change head-on as we prepare students for various careers by providing them with skills and degrees we describe as their “passport to success.”
–Dr. Berlethis J. Pitts, Department Chair

Minors in Spanish and English are also available. A minor is an important tool for an undergraduate student as it serves to broaden his or her body of working knowledge prior to entering the work force. For instance, assuming they received good grades in their classes, business majors who minor in English make themselves more marketable by showing potential employers they have trained to become better communicators.

Minors also sharpen a student’s focus of study in preparation for graduate school or to simply enhance subject matter expertise. A history major researching the ancient Greeks,  for example, may use study as an English minor to increase understanding of Homer and Hesiod.

The Languages and Liberal Studies curricula are designed to provide the communication, critical thinking, cultural, creative, service and philosophical components of traditional liberal arts. The department also provides required “core courses” taken by students in all other academic units. Courses in writing, literature, philosophy, French and Spanish assist students in meeting general education outcomes as required by the university and the University System of Georgia.

Courses offered by the department are designated as ENGL, FREN, SPAN, or PHIL.

Student Activities

In addition to a dynamic curriculum which includes the opportunity to study overseas, practice, and internships, our students have the opportunity to round out their academic lives through participation in extracurricular and co-curricular activities.

  • The English Club
  • The Creative Writing Club
  • The Language Club
  • Alpha Mu Gamma (foreign language honor society)
  • Student publications such as “The Englishear”