About Our Program

Larissa Hastings (Photo by Daniel Binkard/Chadron State College)WORK WITH WORDS…

We offer affordable, high- impact study in writing, literature, humanities and philosophy.  Our close-knit program is a great fit for students who want something different from the big schools.  If you are an avid reader or writer, chances are good that we are the department where you will find your interests best served. We take a proper pride in ourselves and our programs, and we are especially proud of our students and recent graduates.  Among the latter, we have a number of secondary English teachers, including one who was named Nebraska’s “Rookie Teacher of the Year.”  We have seen graduates go to advanced study in graduate school, to law school, and, in one case, to seminary for a divinity degree.  They all found that their training in reading, writing and critical thinking at CSC served them well.

We offer both the Bachelor of Arts degree and the Bachelor of Science degree with endorsement to teach English or the Language Arts, and minors in such diverse subjects as writing, comparative philosophy and K-8 English Education.

Department faculty members represent an array of specialties in English and the Humanities.  They came to CSC from graduate schools across the country, and they hold memberships in a variety of professional organizations.  In addition to their teaching, they write and present papers at national conferences and publish their work in books and scholarly journals.  Above all, they love to teach.

One recent summer I found myself promoting our program at the information fair, where a good number of students crinkled their noses at the prospect of a major or minor that would put them front and center in front of more books and more papers. This discipline can be a hard sell to pretty much anyone who is not already passionate about reading and writing, even though it remains one of the best general purpose degrees around. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an article that made a very strong case for just such a degree program for students planning careers in law, medicine and even science (here is the link).

English and Humanities at Chadron State is not here to try and convert unwilling writers and readers into English majors, but instead to encourage those people out there who already have a passion for these disciplines, but who can’t imagine making a career out of them, to consider a future where you get to work with words every day. Where you get paid for your passion!

 

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