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English and Modern Languages

General Description

The current Department is the academic home of English and Modern Languages that were up until 2011 housed in separate departments.  At Angelo State University, these disciplines contain a number of sub-disciplines.  In English, these include developmental writing, first-year writing, technical and business writing, creative writing, English education, and literary studies.  In Modern Languages, these include Spanish, French, German, and Russian.  Linguistics is offered by both disciplines, including a new graduate program in TESOL.  Faculty members in the Department also participate in the interdisciplinary programs of film studies, gender studies, the Honors program, and the Freshman College.


The mission of the Department is to provide study and extracurricular opportunities that celebrate the aesthetic and communicative values of language, particularly the central role language plays in creating culture, understanding, community, and learning.                       


The Department acknowledges that all habits, relationships, assumptions, and intentions are founded in an underlying system of values.  Through its programs, courses, assignments, scholarship, creative work, service, and other activities, the Department foregrounds for students, its members, and the community the values of respect, compassion, logic, open-mindedness, honesty, perseverance, presence, equity, diversity, transparency, and innovation.

Committed Faculty

Our faculty members practice what they teach.

English professors write for publication, edit professional journals and present their scholarship at conferences. Several faculty members also edit the Concho River Review, a semi-annual literary journal published by ASU.

Our modern languages faculty members guide undergraduate students in understanding the issues involved in approaching another culture through the language of that culture. Faculty members also make themselves available to students outside of class for various activities, such as weekly Coffee and Conversation sessions that provide students and the community with informal settings for practicing and developing foreign language proficiency.

First-Hand Experience

The English program’s annual literary and artistic magazine, Oasis, offers students experience editing and designing. Students are also encouraged to join any of the department’s student organizations that embrace different aspects of writing and foreign languages and cultures.

Career Opportunities

A degree in English or another modern language opens the doors to a wide array of careers. Having a global perspective is becoming an increasingly valuable credential, and the field of careers requiring foreign language skills continues to grow. Our department helps prepare students for careers in both the private and public sectors in business, education, journalism, research, health care and public service. Some students continue their education in graduate, medical or law school.

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Honor societies

Our department has local chapters of each of these honor societies:

  • Alpha Mu Gamma (Foreign Language)
  • Sigma Tau Delta (English)
  • Sigma Delta Pi (Hispanic)

Join a Student Organization

These student organizations meet regularly in the Department of English and Modern Languages:

Coffee and Conversation

Come join our weekly Coffee and Conversation sessions led by faculty speaking informally in French, Russian, German and Spanish.

Writers conference

The English and Modern Languages Department hosts the annual Writers Conference that attracts guest writers from across the country.