The Department of Literature and Communication Arts plays a central role in the liberal education that prepares Mount Union students for fulfilling lives and successful careers in our ever-changing world. It is a world that has demanded insightful readers and powerful communicators in each new phase of its history going back thousands of years, even before the term “liberal arts” -- “skills of freedom” -- was invented.
Students in the department celebrate the beauty and power of words but we do not stop there. We see words as the basis for action. To become a liberally educated person is to become more than just “well-rounded.” It is to internalize the habit of critical, flexible, compassionate thinking and thereby to become a more responsible agent in society. It is also to become a more effective and persuasive communicator, thus preparing students for life as educated citizens and professionals.
Literature faculty member Michelle Collins-Sibley recently published a book chapter in Teaching Peace Through Popular Culture, 2nd ed., titled "Armageddon It Been in Effect: Utopia, Dystopia, or UNtopia? A Conversation with Ursula K. Le Guin, Sara Pinsker, and N. K. Jemisin.