Department of English and Foreign Languages
Dr. Paul Mahaffey, Chair
Comer Hall, 201
Dr. Alex Beringer, English Graduate Coordinator
Comer Hall, Second Floor
Dr. Leonor Vàzquez-Gonzàlez, Spanish Graduate Coordinator
Comer Hall, First Floor
The Department of English and Foreign Languages contributes to the University of Montevallo’s undergraduate liberal arts curriculum through its programs in literature, languages, and philosophy. The Department endeavors to produce critical, creative, and syncretic readers, writers, thinkers, and communicators, while promoting social awareness and expanding intellectual and cultural horizons. The faculty, dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and creative and professional activities, seeks not just to prepare students for graduate studies and a host of careers but also to enrich their lives.
The focus of the English program is “to teach the reading, writing, and analysis of texts in English, to contribute to knowledge about the reading, writing and analysis of such texts, and to make the knowledge of the discipline accessible to and useful for the larger community.” The Foreign Languages program must, by nature, play a key role in the University’s mission of providing to students a “higher educational experience of high quality, with a strong emphasis on undergraduate liberal studies.” Foreign Language study also complements the mission of the College of Arts and Sciences, which is “Educated Citizens Prepared for a Changing World.” Thus, the primary objective of the study of a foreign language is “to prepare students for living and contributing to the global community with language skills and cultural awareness.”
The English Program offers the Master of Arts in English as well as courses in support of the Masters of Education in Secondary Education with an English/Language Arts concentration. Students who have taken the courses as an undergraduate may not receive graduate credit for those courses, with the exception of internships, directed readings, and special topics. For information on the M.Ed. programs, refer to the appropriate section under Department of Teaching, Leadership, & Technology
The Foreign Languages program does not offer a graduate degree. However, the program offers courses in support of the Masters of Education in Secondary Education with a Foreign Languages-Spanish concentration. Students who have taken the courses as an undergraduate may not receive graduate credit for those courses, with the exception of internships, directed readings, and special topics. For information on the M.Ed. programs, refer to the appropriate section under Department of Teaching, Leadership, & Technology . In addition to the general requirements for admission to the M.Ed. program, students must successfully complete an interview in Spanish with the Foreign Language faculty, pass the World Language Praxis Exam, and complete four graduate courses in the Spanish teaching field.
Courses in English and Foreign Languages