Our 2019 Language and Literature Conference featured presentations on "The Yellow Wallpaper," Allen Ginsberg, alliteracy, creative nonfiction, and speculative fiction. Thank you to everyone who attended!
The Language and Literature Department offers a Bachelor of Science in English Education, a Bachelor of Arts in both English and Spanish, and minors in English, Spanish, and Writing. English major emphases can be in either Creative Writing or Literature.
The Department of Language and Literature offers a variety of opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom. CommUniversity features special topics courses for the community on the weekends during February. Classes have no homework and no exams and change topics each year. The Albers Institute at DSU consists of an interdisciplinary group of scholars, teachers, and devotees of the humanities at Dickinson State University. Administered through the Department of Language and Literature, the Albers Institute sponsors an annual humanities festival in the spring semester. Heart Rivers Writers' Circle (Circle) brings to the West River area significant, contemporary writers whose work interests a range of readers on the northern plains. Each writer gives a public reading and meets with students and community members to discuss issues germane to writing. By coordinating such visits, as well as by hosting literary events and discussions, the Circle serves as a resource for those interested in writing as vocation or avocation. The Circle, which supports all community literary activities, is sponsored by Dickinson State University’s Department of Language and Literature, DSU’s Stoxen Library, and the Dickinson Area Public Library. Women's Voices is faculty and student committee that plans and presents events during Women's History Month. This committee started in 2004, and each year's events have a different theme.
Mission: The Department of Language and Literature at Dickinson State offers a variety of programs to students working toward developing the skills they need for fulfilling careers in literature, writing, and the modern languages. Our courses represent the heart of a liberal arts education, providing students with fundamental skills—reading, writing, and thinking—considered essential to a well-rounded education. As a student in our program, you will gain a knowledge of cultural interaction and critical thinking that will help you to thrive in a global community.
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