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, Chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages
The Department of English and Foreign Languages offers a number of majors and minors to meet your intellectual and vocational needs. We offer a traditional Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in English. Students pursuing this B.A. degree track 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 in these tracks would be able to pursue a number of exciting future possibilities ranging from graduate school, to teaching, to law or medical school, the publishing field, journalism, or professional writing. An English degree can also be your 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.
Minors in Spanish and English are also available. A minor is an important tool for an undergraduate student as it serves to broaden your body of working knowledge as you enter the work force and it can also sharpen your focus of study if you are preparing for graduate school. For instance, Business majors who minor in English make themselves more marketable simply because, assuming they received good grades in their classes, it shows a potential employer they have trained to become better communicators. It can also sharpen one’s focus in that if you are a history major who wishes to spend your research time studying the ancient Greeks, then being an English minor might give you that chance to increase your understanding of Homer and Hesiod.
In conjunction with other programs, the department also offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Liberal Studies with concentrations in Creative Arts, Spanish, International Studies, African World Studies and Environmental Science.
The department also provides “core courses.” These are required courses which are taken by students in all other academic units. Courses in writing, literature, philosophy, French and Spanish assist students in meeting their general education outcomes as required by the university and the University System of Georgia. The English and Foreign Languages curricula are designed to provide the communication, critical thinking, cultural, creative, service and philosophical components of traditional liberal arts.
Courses offered by the department are designated as ENGL, FREN, SPAN, or PHIL.
Individual degree requirements are outlined in the FVSU catalog which is available online. You may, contact us and we will be happy to send you more information. Click the links below for PDF versions of the individual degree requirements for the majors and minors offered by the department.
If you have any additional questions or would like more information, feel free to contact us using the information below:
Dr. Berlethia J. Pitts, Associate Professor of English and Academic Advisor | Department Chair
218 Miller Hall
478.825.6653 (direct extension)
478.825.6392 (main office line)
Ms.Felecia Sharpe | Administrative Assistant