Mission, Vision and Values Statements - Languages and Literature

Mission:  The Languages and Literature Department is a vibrant community of writers, literary theorists, and language specialists.  Our mission is to promote diversity, value history, and identify literary trends and societal patterns through the study of culture in a variety of mediums including film and narrative text, and language acquisition and study abroad.   We aim to share our passions for languages and text, to educate students to appreciate the power of literature and culture, and to prepare our students for meaningful personal lives, professional success, and civic leadership. 

 Vision:  The study of languages and literature is more essential than ever before.   People are writing more––from traditional memos and articles to websites and social media––and globalization demands that businesses and individuals understand different cultures and also how to communicate effectively and appropriately across cultures.  In our informational and digital age, the ability to craft and interpret narratives in written, visual, and spoken forms, has become a necessary skill.  Our vision is to empower every Drury student with skills in languages, writing, narrative construction, and critical analysis.

Values:  We believe that the study of language and literature prepares people to live better and richer lives.  We value the essential nature of language and narrative in all its fluid forms—from the earliest historical texts to the most immediate means of communication in the digital realm.   The study of languages and literature develops skills in deep reading, writing, editing, critical thinking and argumentation, research and information literacy, public speaking and intercultural competence.   In support of these essential skills, we value engaged learning and immersion experiences, especially through study abroad opportunities.  Our graduates are life-long learners prepared to adapt to the rapid transitions of a global culture which is being continuously shaped by the transformational nature of new and expanding technologies.  Our graduates go on to careers in education, medicine, law, writing, editing and publishing, business and non-profit service work.