Lincoln University Department of English
Our motivation in the English program, a foundational program at Lincoln University, is to instruct our students to use language creatively, powerfully, and compellingly. We, as a department, are both attentive and intentional as we teach our students that the foundation of all writing and literary traditions is the bedrock of their human inheritance. We teach our students to think critically about their use of this language, both spoken and on the page. The English department encourages our students to learn, read, think, write, and live, transform, and transcend with literature. Our faculty publishes widely and effectively. We bring distinguished writers and thinkers to LU, to the benefit of the university and the mid-Missouri community.
We encourage Lincoln University's students to inspect, examine, explore, and respond to ideas (new and old), current issues, and societal problems. Once this introspection is complete, we teach them to communicate it eloquently. Learning these skill-sets is valuable to our students as they prepare for every career pursuit. By doing these things, we understand our students can go forth to change the lives of the people and communities from which they came and of which we serve.
Department of English Mission:
The English area offers programs based on the belief that language shapes our world, enabling us to think and express our ideas, allowing us to collaborate with others, and preparing us to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The faculty endeavor to impart this philosophy to our majors and to provide them with the background knowledge and the skills necessary for them to embark on careers or enter graduate school. Equally important, we seek to foster in our majors an understanding and appreciation of the disciplines in which they complete degrees.