Humanities at WNMU
Latin American Studies
(in conjunction with the Department
of Social Sciences)
The Humanities Department offers courses and programs which
focus on human experience in its own terms - as in literature and philosophy.
These courses and programs may be used as preparation for careers in law,
government, and teaching, but they are also essential to the critical thinking,
value formation, and political decision-making required of citizens in a
democratic society. The courses are designed for students choosing electives as
well as for majors and minors.
The humanities curriculum is meant to function as a
complement to curricula which are excessively specialized on one hand and
exclusively practical on the other. It is committed to the cultivation of a
thoughtful, broad, historical perspective; knowledge as an end-in-itself; and an
awareness of the special value of human beings and their experiences - past,
present, and future.
Students pursing the B.A. degree are advised to begin
studying a foreign language in year one of their curriculum.
The Humanities Department includes courses in developmental
reading and writing, Chicano Studies, humanities, literature, philosophy,
English language and composition, communication, and Spanish language and
literature. There are also two honors societies in the Humanities Department:
Sigma Tau Delta and Sigma Delta Pi.
Teaching Endorsement: see Education Advisor
Developmental Reading and Writing
Undergraduate students new to WNMU are required to
take the COMPASS placement test. COMPASS test scores are used to place
students in appropriate university or developmental writing, reading
and mathematics courses. Developmental Studies courses provide under
prepared and "at risk" students with academic support to complete
the transition from high school to college. They also provide academic
support to non-traditional students who have been away from formal education
for several years. Students must pass each developmental reading and/
or writing course with a "C" or better in order to move on
to the next level.