The Role and Mission
The division offers a four-year major in either
Communication Arts or English, an interdisciplinary major in Communication-Business and a general studies
major. In Communication Arts there are three options for
specialization: Communication, Theatre, and
Communication-Secondary Education. In English there are four
options for specialization: English, Creative Writing,
English-Secondary Education, and Publishing Arts. The
division offers or collaborates in ten minors (art, communication,
creative writing, English, music, Native American studies, Nez Perce,
publishing arts, Spanish and theatre). It offers courses in developmental reading and
writing, and teaching methods. In addition, the faculty provides
support curricula for other general education and occupational programs
of the college, especially for certification of teachers at the
secondary level. Further, the faculty accomplishes the aims of the
division by pursuing research directly relevant to improving
instruction, developing curricula and maintaining currency in their
professional fields. Many students majoring or minoring in
disciplines of the division complete a service component, an internship,
or an evaluated work experience as they study.
Students majoring in Communication Arts are
expected to gain and demonstrate abilities to:
research with originality and creativity.
present an argument logically, succinctly, and clearly.
grammatical correctness and verbal conciseness.
aesthetic / critical judgments of oral discourse.
effectively with other people.
solve complex problems.
learning and training.
Students majoring in
English are expected to gain and demonstrate the abilities to:
and interpret texts.
both imaginative and intellectual modes of
conversant with major literary texts and movements.
specialized research in literature, writing, language,
or cultural studies.
critically about individual and collective systems of
value and belief.
in a foreign language.
knowledge of literature, research, and writing to other