Chair: Mary Flores, MA
Division Office: SPH 111-A
• Jennifer Anderson, MFA, SPH 300B
• Terryn Berry, MA, SPH 313
firstname.lastname@example.org 792-2736: English
• Sean Cassidy, PhD, SPH 110
email@example.com 792-2284: Communication Arts, Video
• Harold Crook, PhD, SPH 300B
firstname.lastname@example.org 792-2852: Linguistics, Nez Perce Language
• Claire Davis, MFA, SPH 112
Creative Writing, English
• Ray Esparsen, MFA, Art Building
• Mary Flores, MA, SPH 204
email@example.com 792-2826: Chair, Humanities; English
• Martin Gibbs, MA, SPH 104
firstname.lastname@example.org 792-2090: Spanish
• Kevin Goodan, MFA, SPH 110
email@example.com; English, Publishing Arts
• Okey Goode, PhD, SPH 217
firstname.lastname@example.org 792-2434: English
• Lawrence W. Haapanen, PhD, SPH 105
792-2464: Communication Arts
• James Hepworth, PhD, SPH 309
• Nancy Lee-Painter, MFA, SPH 208
• Christopher Norden, PhD, SPH 213
• William Perconti, DMA, New Music Building
• Jill Rossiter, MA SPH 300B
email@example.com 792-2079: English
• Traci Story, PhD, SPH 305
firstname.lastname@example.org 792-2575: Communication Arts
• James Tarter, PhD, SPH 204-A
• Misty Urban, PhD, SPH 210
email@example.com 792-2167: English, Creative Writing
• Kathie Wilcox, PhD, Coeur d’Alene
208-292-1291: Communication Arts
The Humanities Division offers a BA/BS degree in Communication
Arts; a BA/BS in Business and Communication; a BA in English,
English: Creative Writing, English: Publishing Arts, English:
Secondary Education; a BA/BS in Interdisciplinary Studies; and
a BA/BS in General Studies: Humanities. The Division offers an
AA in Liberal Arts and Liberal Arts: Humanities, as well as minors
in Art, Communication, Creative Writing, English, Music, Nez
Perce Language, Publishing Arts, Spanish and Theatre. Students in
Humanities programs and courses receive a rich exposure to both
theoretical and practical knowledge, preparing them for professional
success as well as further education. Humanities students have many
opportunities to demonstrate what they learn in the classroom to
the public: through student music and theater performances, video
productions, Talking River (a literary journal), speech and debate,
internships in the schools, peer consulting in the Writing Center,
film festivals, art showings, and regular open mic events.
The Humanities Division also provides leadership for Writing
Across the Curriculum, and is deeply engaged in delivering
General Education Core courses, as well as foreign and heritage
language courses, Philosophy, professional preparation courses, and
developmental courses. These programs and courses help students
achieve their educational and professional objectives. Humanities
faculty invigorate their teaching and service with their scholarly
and creative endeavors, often in collaborative partnerships with
MAJORS AND MINORS OFFERED
BUSINESS and COMMUNICATION
Students who want a career at the managerial level in areas
of business with a heavy reliance on effective communication
should consider the Business and Communication major. This
joint bachelor’s degree program, in the Business and Humanities
Divisions, provides graduates with the communication and
business skills needed for success in a business environment.
Program requirements and electives provide students with a strong
foundation in both business and communication, culminating
in capstone courses that students select from either Business or
Communication. This degree is for students planning for careers
in corporate communications, marketing, public relations, sales, or
any media-related business.
Communications is an academic discipline that studies all forms
of human communication and encompasses a broad range of
communicative skills that are important for success in any career
or activity. Graduates with a degree in Communications have
entered a wide variety of occupations, including radio and television
broadcasting, public relations, technical editing, sales, government
and academic administration, teaching, etc., and a number have
gone on to graduate and professional schools. This major provides
students with an understanding of communication in a variety of
contexts (e.g., interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, political
and mass communication) as well as prepares them to be effective,
well-rounded communicators. Opportunities exist for participation
in such co-curricular activities as a public speaking competition,
and speech and debate.
The major in English is useful in the growing segment of the job
market where critical thinking, clear communication, and writing
skills are a priority; for these same reasons it is also a recognized
gateway to many professional graduate programs such as law and
medical school. Students who enjoy literature and are interested in
growing as writers will find a major in English both an enjoyable
and a marketable degree. Culminating in a senior project developed
in close consultation with one or more faculty members, the major is
designed to ensure broad familiarity with major periods and genres
of American, British, and International literature, and is therefore
a way of studying history and human cultures as well. Sense of
community is strong amongst LCSC English majors, who provide
a number of services to the campus community, including staffing
our campus Writing Center.
ENGLISH: CREATIVE WRITING
This major has a tradition of excellence where students have the
opportunity to work with all genres of literary writing: poetry, fiction
and nonfiction, from beginning classes through intermediate and
advanced. Students become familiar with a wide array of writing,
both published work and peer review. Classes engender critical
discussion on content and the specific ways that craft can enhance
or resolve problems in their work. These classes are taught in a
supportive, yet constructively critical workshop format that builds
the kind of community most conducive to a successful learning
and writing experience. These classes are geared for a wide array of
student interests: from those who are seriously pursuing a creative
writing career, to those who just wish to explore creative expression.
In addition to the English requirements, students are required to
complete three workshops in any (or all) of the three genres, as
well as an editing class in which they will work on Talking River,
a literary magazine.
ENGLISH: PUBLISHING ARTS
The Publishing Arts major provides students with unique, hands-on
opportunities in publication design (for both books and journals)
as part of the Talking River Publications and Talking River journal.
These opportunities create work-force skills in editing, project
supervision, graphic design utilizing up-to-date technology, business
communication and organization, critical evaluation of written
works, distribution and sales. The Publishing Arts major provides
students a dynamic exposure to literature, creative production, and
work place decision-making.
ENGLISH: SECONDARY EDUCATION
This major acquaints students with a wide array of literary works
as well as thematic, critical, and cultural perspectives that will
enable graduates to teach literature and writing in diverse contexts.
Methods courses in teaching composition and literature enable
students to integrate theory and practice in the classroom. Many
English Secondary Education majors gain valuable experience as
Peer Consultants in the LCSC Writing Center. Additional study
in Spanish or Nez Perce language (both of which offer minors and
teaching endorsements) and in creative writing enhances prospective
teachers’ professional preparation.
GENERAL STUDIES: HUMANITIES
The General Studies Humanities major offers students an
opportunity to customize a bachelor’s degree program to help
them meet their own academic goals and prepare for a variety of
professions as well as for graduate school. Students work closely
with an advisor to develop an approved bachelor’s degree program
that includes depth and breadth in at least four disciplines in the
Humanities, selecting from courses in Art, Communication Arts,
English, Humanities, Music, Nez Perce Language, Philosophy, Spanish, and
The Interdisciplinary Studies major provides students with the
opportunity to major in a program that can be tailored to meet
unique and specific career opportunities, or to meet specific
requirements for entry into an interdisciplinary graduate program.
Students work closely with advisors to customize a bachelor’s degree
program that includes two or three emphasis areas in different
disciplines. The Interdisciplinary Studies major culminates with a
Senior Capstone Research course and project.
SPEECH/DRAMA: SECONDARY EDUCATION
Students enrolled in a Secondary Education program may also
opt to complete the requirements, including coursework and
required Praxis II exams, for an Idaho state subject endorsement in
Communication (Speech) and/or Communication (Drama).
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE IN LIBERAL ARTS
This 64 credit Associate of Arts degree allows students to explore
different areas of study, complete the General Education Core and
transfer into a 4-year baccalaureate program.
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE IN LIBERAL ARTS: HUMANITIES
This Associate of Arts degree, requiring 64 credits, allows
students to focus on the Humanities. The Humanities emphasis
includes choices from the following areas: Art, Communication
Arts, English, Music, Nez Perce, Philosophy, Spanish, or Theatre.
Students focus their emphasis credits in three of these areas.
Students who graduate with an AA degree in Humanities can
market both oral and written communication skills and some may
have a second language skill.
The Art minor dedicates and promotes the development and
implementation of visual literacy by cultivating analytical thinking
to examine historical attitudes toward art. The Art minor is an
introduction to the world of fine and performing arts. In studio
courses, an art minor offers students excellent technical capabilities
as well as a descriptive vocabulary, concepts and theories that are
universal to the study of the Humanities. In conjunction with the
importance of success within the Humanities, an Art minor offers
a strong link to a continuing study of the fine arts and may spawn
a career in the arts through an eventual MFA. The principles of art
criticism, aesthetics, and techniques are foundations that engage
Communication Arts provides the skills to be an effective
communicator in a wide range of social and professional contexts.
Employers consistently rank these skills among the most important
for success in any career, making the Communication Arts minor
the perfect complement to any course of study. Students work
with faculty advisors to choose courses that meet their career goals
within the framework of a sound liberal arts education. The minor
in Communication Arts also provides exciting opportunities for
students to gain “hands-on” experience via internships and co curricular
The study of Creative Writing cultivates habits that will serve the
student in all walks of life: an understanding of the complexities and
mysteries of the human experience as expressed through the written
word, a nuanced ear for the music inherent in a composition, and a
discerning eye for the significant details that are elemental to good
writing. Immersion in any or all of the major genres works toward
compositions that are luminous and lyrical. Within a supportive
and discriminating workshop composed of fellow writers, students
explore, experiment with, and share techniques that provide new
insights into their lives as well as the literary traditions. Creative
Writing minors learn how to closely read, critique, revise, and craft
a deeply-felt experience that resonates with readers and enriches
the traditions of human knowledge.
A minor in English has value to anyone seeking a deeper awareness
of the interplay of thought, emotion, cultural attitudes, and artistic
expression. Moreover, students who want to enhance their job
opportunities as well as opportunities for advancement in any field
should consider an English minor, which will help them develop
skills that employers seek: strong, sophisticated thinking, writing,
and speaking abilities. The English minor lays a foundation in
reading, writing, and thinking that will give students a basis for
active engagement in their communities and bring them personal
satisfaction and pleasure. The English minor can also be used, in conjunction
with secondary teaching certification in another area, to meet
state teaching endorsement requirements for English.
The music minor provides an excellent opportunity to add an
exciting dimension to your education. Consisting of two main
areas performance and academics he music minor challenges
students to become better musicians, to join others in community music
making, and to learn more about music in general.
Performance includes Applied Music (private lessons) and music
ensembles such as choir and jazz band. The academic side of the
minor includes courses such as Conducting, Music Fundamentals
and Music Survey.
NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE
LCSC and the Nez Perce Tribe have partnered to develop the Nez
Perce Language minor. The goal of this program is for students to
develop considerable fluency in Nez Perce, as well as competency
in the culture. In the first year, students learn the foundations of
the language and participate in cooking, root digging, and other
cultural activities. In the second year, they continue their learning
through reading the original Coyote stories told by the elders. This
provides students with a strong foundation in the oral literature.
In the third year, students are mentored one-on-one with elders to
develop conversational fluency and increase their cultural knowledge.
Students should note that the labs (109 and 209) must be taken each
semester the first two years. Those who complete the minor may
apply for certification to teach in the public schools by completing an
additional class in teaching methods from the Education Division
(see advisor for qualifying classes) and by successfully completing a
certification process that includes a mentorship program, and oral
and written examinations.
This minor helps prepare students for careers in publishing fields
by introducing them to theory and practice in the publishing arts,
from writing, editing, design, and printing, to technical production,
marketing, and distribution of publications.
This minor requires 24 credits in the Spanish language; these credits
can be obtained by completing the succession of Spanish courses
from Beginning Spanish 101 through the 300 level. A minimum
of 3 credits must be completed at LCSC. Up to 12 credits may
be obtained by Advanced Placement, and up to 16 credits by the
course challenge process (SPAN 101 through SPAN 202). At all
levels of Spanish instruction in language and literature, emphasis
is placed on building communication skills and developing greater
cultural awareness and appreciation. The Spanish courses are
designed to prepare students to enter a competitive workforce in
which bilingual communication skills are becoming more and more
crucial, regardless of a student’s major field of study.
The Theatre minor provides students with opportunities to develop
an holistic understanding of the human psyche through live story-telling on stage. Theatre classes and productions emphasize
awareness and acceptance of socio-economic, racial, religious, and
ethnic differences within a global society. Students who seek to
take risks through developing a character, or who seek to learn
how to organize, design, and/or direct a theatrical production
will benefit from the Theatre minor. Because theatre encompasses
many disciplines, it is an excellent way for students to enhance their
education by encouraging artistic sensitivity and teaching them to
work collaboratively with fellow artists.
POLICIES FOR FOREIGN/HERITAGE LANGUAGE MINORS
Because all lower-division courses in foreign and heritage
languages are intended for nonnative speakers and because
students’ levels and types of proficiency vary widely, a
prerequisite for each language course above the 101 course
number is the permission of the instructor. Students with
proficiency apparently adequate for a given course may challenge
the course for credit or enroll in a more advanced course and,
upon successful completion, receive competency credit for the
course(s) earlier in the sequence. Credit
for laboratory courses may not be gained through examination or
placement. Minor programs in languages aim to achieve language
proficiency at the standardized level of intermediate-high as defined
by the Proficiency Guidelines of the American Council on the
Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Students majoring in Communication Arts are expected to gain and
demonstrate the following abilities:
1. Conduct research with originality and
2. Orally present an argument logically,
succinctly, and clearly.
3. Prepare well-documented reports.
4. Write with grammatical correctness and
5. Form aesthetic/critical judgments of oral
6. Communicate effectively with other people.
7. Adapt to cultural diversity.
8. Analyze and solve complex problems.
9. Continue learning and training.
Students majoring in English are expected to gain and
the following abilities:
1. Analyze and interpret texts.
2. Write effectively.
3. Speak effectively.
4. Practice both imaginative and intellectual
5. Be conversant with major literary texts and
6. Conduct specialized research in literature,
or cultural studies.
7. Think critically about individual and
collective systems of value
8. Communicate in a second language.
9. Apply knowledge of literature, research, and
writing to other
NEZ PERCE OR SPANISH LANGUAGE
Students minoring in either the Nez Perce or Spanish language
expected to gain and demonstrate the following abilities:
long stretches of connected discourse on familiar
topics pertaining to different times and places.
2. Speak with enough skill to handle most
and social situations.
3. Read simple connected texts on topics about
which the reader
has personal interest or knowledge.
4. Write with sufficient skill to meet most
practical needs and
limited social demands.
5. Be conversant about aspects of the cultures
language is spoken: social and cultural institutions, customs
and conventions of interpersonal communication, geography,
achievements in the arts (especially literature), and current
Advisors work with students to ensure they make satisfactory
progress toward meeting degree requirements as well as their
personal goals and career objectives.
• Silverthorne Theatre Club
• LCSC Concert Choir
• LCSC Jazz Band
• Speech and Debate
• Talking River Writers Association
• Writing Center
• Spanish Club
PREPARATION FOR FUTURE GRADUATE STUDIES
Faculty advisors are available to help students majoring in the
Humanities prepare for graduate study in these disciplines.
THEATRE AND MUSIC PROGRAMS
Theatrical productions are an important activity at LCSC, with
on-campus productions each semester. All students, regardless of
previous experience, are encouraged to audition. Concerts and
recitals are prepared each year by the Music Department. The jazz
band and choir provide performance opportunities for students
with previous experience.