English and Modern Languages
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.
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 that provide students and the community with informal settings for practicing and developing foreign language proficiency.
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.