Study of the English language and literature is central to a liberal arts education and relates readily to other academic disciplines. Students majoring in English may choose a concentration in literature or creative writing. The concentration in literature provides students with a thorough knowledge of the discipline of literature, preparing them for a life more fully lived, further literary study, teaching, or the many careers in our world which call for excellent communications skills and understanding of the diversity of human experience – the subject of all literature. The concentration in creative writing enables students to develop their talents and skills as writers as they build on a foundation of literary and language study. Beyond the required courses for the English major, students are encouraged to choose electives according to their own individual interests and to take a variety of courses outside the program.
Each area has a set of 10 committee members engaging the department or program to be supported. If committee positions are open, the Wildcats for Education Committee is looking for more enthusiastic alumni and friends of Baker University fo foster the liberal arts in these targeted ways.
HEALTH HUMANITIES PROGRAM
Health Humanities is a multi-disciplinary major that brings together the arts and the sciences. Students majoring in Health Humanities become well-rounded practitioners who understand the individual and community benefits to a whole-person approach to health care. The flexible curriculum encourages students to develop their individual interests and prepares them for a variety of careers, such as health care administration, health promotions, patient care coordination, patient advocacy, or pharmaceutical sales. Health Humanities graduates can work for nonprofit organizations, state or federal government, hospitals, medical offices, and insurance companies. With further education, training, or certification, Health Humanities graduates can go on to become art therapists, medical illustrators, medical librarians, medical historians, and health lawyers.
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES PROGRAM
The International Studies Major is inherently interdisciplinary and adaptable to a student’s own interests and various career areas. Students who pursue the major can determine a course of study that is suitable to many possible careers, including business, leadership, politics, ecology, and humanitarian or service work. International Studies majors may also find the course of study suitable for preparation for advanced academic work or professional school, such as law, sociology/anthropology, world language, international business, political science, world development and trade, and so on. Students are encouraged to focus outward and explore other cultures and issues ofglobalization, develop a well-rounded worldview, and develop academically in ways that inform the student’s everyday life as a citizen of the world.
The study of languages is central to a liberal arts education. Language in all its manifestations is a dynamic medium that uniquely expresses the complexity of the human spirit and the universality of the human condition. The study of a language other than one’s own enhances appreciation for our existential commonality and diversity by opening windows to another culture. The curriculum in World Languages at Baker University emphasizes meaningful communication to prepare students for life in multicultural communities and for career options in diverse fields. The program requires an approved study abroad experience. Study abroad provides unparalleled opportunities to improve language ability, cultural knowledge, and self-understanding. While students are strongly encouraged to study abroad for at least one semester, the minimum length for the study abroad requirement is three weeks.