Why Language and Literature?

ACU's mission is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. The Department of Language and Literature empowers students to fulfill the "throughout the world" element of this mission, preparing them to connect with the languages, cultures and peoples of other nations.

Top Reasons

  1. 95% of ACU Language and Literature graduates who apply to graduate school are accepted
  2. Over the past five years, 100% of ACU English majors who have taken the Texas Teachers Certification Exam have passed on their first attempt.
  3. ACU Language and Literature students' creative work has consistently been honored in the annual Christianity and Literature Student Writing Contest, the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers Contest, and College Literature Association Contest. This includes seven first-place prizes in the last five years.
  4. The ACU Omega Gamma chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honors Society, has received the prestigious “Honor Chapters” recognition in 2013 and 2014 for its outstanding chapter projects reflecting the Sigma Delta Pi mission: honoring excellence in the study of the Spanish language, contributing to cultural understanding and upholding the goals of the society.
  5. 16 of the 27 Language and Literature faculty have doctoral degrees.
  6. Visiting authors who have recently  given readings, as well as on-campus writing workshops,  include poets Greg Brownderville, Rebecca Balcarcel, and Nick Lantz and spiritual memoirist Andrea Dilley.
  7. In the last three years, ACU Language and Literature professors have presented 86 times at national or regional conferences and have published 55 articles, poems, reviews, and books.
  8. All Spanish, French and German faculty have extensive experience in missionary service.
  9. All Spanish, French and German faculty have spent many years in a Spanish-, French-, or German-speaking country, giving them first-hand knowledge, experience and insights into the culture.
  10. All Spanish and French faculty have a native command of the language they teach.
  11. Six Language and Literature faculty have won College, University, or Honors Teacher-of-the-Year awards (Steven Moore, Bill Walton, Steve Weathers). Nuria Hall won the ACU Degree Plan Specialist of the Year award in Spring 2006 and the Staff Member of the Year Award in 2008.
  12. Al Haley, Writer-in-Residence in the ACU Department of Language and Literature, is the author of the story collection Home Ground and the novel Exotic,, both published by E. P. Dutton. The latter book was the winner of the John Irving First Novel Award. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly and in literary journals. In addition, he has published poetry in journals such as Rattle, The Christian Century, Christianity and Literature, Ruminate, and Windhover.
  13. In Spring 2007, ACU Language and Literature professor Steve Weathers won the Texas Collee English Association award for his creative non-fiction piece, "Andrea."

The Department of Language and Literature at ACU claims 75 undergraduates majoring in English, Spanish, English with Teacher Certification, or Spanish with Teacher Certification, in addition to 20 graduate students of English. Advanced courses and graduate courses are taught by a dozen faculty members. 95 percent of ACU English majors who apply to graduate schools gain acceptance.

The department serves the university by providing over 900 students with core curriculum courses in composition, world literature, American literature, British literature, Hispanic literature, French literature, Business, Professional Writing, French, German and Spanish. It also organizes the campus literary magazine The Shinnery Review. Submission to and editing of this magazine are open to all students.

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