Minors: English, Film Studies, Philosophy
The best thing about Lyndon’s English, Philosophy, and Film Studies Department is that we offer a set of courses and programs with the extensive range and depth of a much larger college or university with the small-college, personal attention that is this College’s hallmark. With our dedicated teaching faculty and small classes, not only will you get to really know your professors and fellow students, but you will have access to courses and programs in literature, writing, media, philosophy, culture, and film that are a match for any college in Vermont or New England. We make available to students the kind of first-rate education in both liberal arts and professional study that is generally available only at much larger institutions.
Students may pursue interests in a variety of specialties: journalism and professional writing, creative writing, literature, philosophy, film, and cultural studies. With three majors, several concentrations, and a variety of liberal studies concentrations and minors, the department provides flexible alternatives for majors to pursue their particular interests and to develop their skills and understanding.
Our effort is to prepare all of our students—majors and non-majors—for the richness of a lifetime of reading and writing, as well as to supply a firm and comprehensive foundation for each student as he or she pursues either graduate study or a chosen career.
We provide an ideal balance between the broad preparation of an interdisciplinary liberal arts education and the specific focus of specialized study in a chosen professional or academic field. At the core of the program for all majors is a thorough grounding in creative and critical thinking; analytical reading, research, and writing; and the study of culture, providing the foundation for advanced study in the area of each student’s particular interest. Our liberal arts foundation and emphasis, particularly in its concentration on substantial learning in critical, interpretive, analytical, and creative reading, thinking, and writing, along with our integration of internships and independent, active learning for all students, prepares each and every student for personal and professional success.
LSC’s particular focus on experiential education is manifested in two ways. First, the more obvious and traditional sense of experiential education is exemplified in the strong emphasis on practical, hands-on, career-related course work and internship experience for our Journalism & Writing concentration and the Media Communications program. So too our Secondary Education Licensure program has a significant internship and field-experience component, and a number of Literature & Cultural Studies majors also obtain internships in areas such as communications, public relations, fund raising, and grant writing, while Philosophy majors find internships is similar areas and others.
Second, and perhaps more significantly, the kind of analytical, critical, interpretive, creative, and communicative skills that are at the heart of our common core and of the study of literature and philosophy are acquired and developed through demonstration and through the demanding work—the experience—of our entire range of courses in literature, cultural studies, writing, philosophy, and film.