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Southern Oregon University

Through its mission, the Department of Language, Literature, and Philosophy reflects the overall vision of Southern Oregon University as a liberal-arts university.

  • LLP is dedicated to developing students’ analytic reasoning, communicative language learning, creative expression, textual comprehension, historical and cultural awareness, and skills in writing and teaching.
  • We provide practical opportunities such as internships, practica, study abroad, and community service.
  • The department encompasses a variety of programs and concentrations: Foreign Languages and Literatures, English and Writing, and Philosophy. While advocating interdisciplinarity, we are equally committed to promoting the integrity of individual disciplines within our larger department.
  • We introduce students to foundational ideas, questions, and texts.
  • We strive to reinforce students’ ethical reflection on their values, critical thinking, and respect for diverse perspectives.
  • We believe that all students should develop competency in English and at least one other language.
  • We actively pursue academic and institutional alliances beyond our own department.
  • We hold both ourselves and our students to high standards of intellectual integrity.
  • We emphasize creativity, drawing on innovative texts and teaching practices to inspire original writing and thinking from our students.


English and Writing  |  Foreign Languages  |  Philosophy


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