School of Arts and Letters: English & Linguistics Department
English and Linguistics courses acquaint students with what writers have created in the past, what people in diverse cultures understand and celebrate as literary art, and what the best minds in our own society have to say. They teach analytical skills which are crucial to any sophisticated reader and thinker; they also offer students opportunities to hone their skills in communicating both creative impulses and informed judgments about the world.
English and Linguistics BA and BS graduates are thus provided with habits of thought needed to make intelligent and humane decisions, to communicate those decisions, and to lead others. They should emerge from our program as committed life-long learners, ready to enjoy their lives as they enter the work world or as they pursue graduate or professional studies. A variety of careers — such as technical writing, journalism, public relations, management, diplomacy, law, linguistics, and education — await graduates of these programs.
The English and Linguistics Senior Seminar Conference is a large and exciting event. This semester, 75 students are capping their Truman careers with presentations developed in five seminars–on Adaptations, Creative Writing, Linguistics, Thomas Pyncheon, and 1920s America. Within these large topics, English and Linguistic majors have crafted works on an amazing range of specific interests. […]
Acclaimed author Bennett Sims will do a multimedia fiction reading of “White Dialogues” on Wednesday, March 18th, as the final event of the year in the Clayton B. Ofstad Readings Series. The “White Dialogues” reading will incorporate scenes and images from the classic Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo. The reading is at 7:30 PM at the […]