The Humanities Department offers students several different majors and minors in English , Foreign Languages and Philosophy, as well as minors in Film Studies , Latin American Studies , and Creative Writing .
We also work closely with interdisciplinary programs such as Women's and Gender Studies , Ethnic Studies , Gay Studies , and the International Education program, and of course we offer the most-taught course in higher education, College Writing. We want to make sure every student at UW-Platteville has the tools to improve his or her writing. Every year, members of our composition program publish the best examples of college writing in Stylus, and that anthology becomes a required textbook for the next year's students.
Our English Program offers majors in English Education , Professional Writing , and Literature. Students can participate in our Visiting Writers Reading Series , our Student Reading Series and Creative Writing Festival, as well as observe and student teach in local schools. Many complete professional writing internships.
We offer undergraduate and graduate courses in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language ( TESOL ).
The Foreign Language Program offers majors in German and Spanish and minors in Spanish , German and French , as well as introductory classes in Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese. These programs can include participation in study abroad programs that enable students to travel to places like Spain, Costa Rica, France, Germany, China and Japan while earning college credits.
Elementary language courses also meet the foreign language competency requirement . Students who come in with intermediate level of language proficiency may want to check about receiving retroactive credit for that language ability. Such students are often much closer to earning a minor than they realize! Like the English Education major and TESOL minor, the Spanish and German majors and minors and the French minor can be part of a Department of Public Instruction (DPI) approved teaching major or minor for shose who want to teach in secondary schools.
The Philosophy Program also offers a major and a minor. Studying philosophy provides students with an excellent foundation for graduate studies in law, theology, teaching, business and more.
Most of our sophomore-level and above courses in English, Spanish, German, French and Philosophy also meet the General Education Humanities Requirement , and others also meet general education requirements in Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, or International Education.
Welcome to Chatter Box! Chatter Box is a Q & A column to get to know the students and faculty within each branch of the Humanities department. If you have any burning questions that you’d like to ask your fellow students or faculty members, please email email@example.com, and you just might get your answer! You can find this column posted on www.uwplatt.edu/humanities and www.facebook.com/UWPlatteville.English
This week's interview comes from Associate Professor of Spanish, Dr. Chris Schulenburg of Madison, WI!
Have you published anything recently? If so, what is it about?
My most recent article explores the connections between history and literature in the Nicaraguan author Gioconda Belli’s novel “El pergamino de la seducción.”
What do you find most valuable about your field of study?
Studying Spanish is not only valuable as a means of communication, but also to negociate effectively within other cultures.
What do you believe is a common misconception of humanities?
That they are not useful in finding a job. They are. Without knowing how to write, think critically, and understand other cultures, our students will not hope to be competitive in an increasingly global marketplace.
What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading the Mexican novelist Jorge Volpi’s novel “El fin de la locura.” His style is so intriguing because a sense of truth is never reached in the end. Should I present on Volpi for the entire college of LAE in April? Hmmm…