Modern Language, Literature and Communication

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Division of Modern Language, Literature and Communication

Indiana Wesleyan University's Division of Modern Language, Literature & Communication is happy to invite you to explore and consider our academic community and programs. Each of our majors promotes the love of language arts and the deliberate study, constructive use and creative exploration of powerful language.

Our programs are supported by 10 full-time faculty members with diverse areas of interest and expertise. Our division is housed on the first floor of a beautiful building, Elder Hall, that is named for a much-beloved, retired English professor, Dr. Marj Elder. Our faculty and students are inspired by her commitment to IWU, to her students, and to her favorite author, Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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Distinguished Faculty

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Mark Perry


Dr. Perry is a professor, broadcaster and independent producer with extensive professional experience in radio broadcasting, including WMBI-FM/WMBI in Chicago in a variety of positions. What Dr. Perry wants for you as a prospective student: Take advantage of what we offer and be involved every semester in what we’re doing and in your major.

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Available Minors

  • English
  • Human Communication
  • Journalism
  • Media Communication
  • Spanish
  • Strategic Communication
  • Writing

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Take your next step in discovering your God-given talents at IWU's Division of Modern Language, Literature & Communication.

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Organizations and Opportunities

In addition to the traditional classroom experience, our programs offer seminars, workshops, literary readings, guest writers and lecturers, internships in the U.S. and abroad, travel courses, and employment for many of our students as Writing Center and Language Lab tutors.

Extracurricular opportunities include Literati, a group of English and Writing majors and minors who sponsor poetry readings and word games and who do service learning projects in the community and La Amistad Hispánica (Spanish Club).

Our Writing and English majors also produce and edit a literary magazine, Caesura, featuring the creative writing and visual art of IWU students.

Literati, a group of English and Writing majors and minors who sponsor poetry readings and word games and who do service learning projects in the community
The purpose of La Amistad Hispánica is to stimulate a desire to learn the Spanish language and culture by enhancing the classroom experience through extracurricular activities, sponsor activities and social events related to the Spanish language and culture; represent the Spanish department with purpose of expanding and developing the program; and provide service to IWU and the Hispanic community in Marion.

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (La Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica), is the only honor society devoted exclusively to students of Spanish in four-year colleges and universities.

Sigma Delta Pi offers a scholarship program for its active members with annual undergraduate awards for summer study in Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia (locations subject to change). Sigma Delta Pi also offers its members free career services.

The National Council of Teachers of English is a professional association of educators in English studies, literacy and language arts devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.

IWU English Education majors are required to join this national organization during their studies.

TESOL International Association provides students with the ability to network, discover and learn more about the professional side of English language teaching. IWU TESOL and TESOL Education majors are required to join this global association during their studies.
Caesura (pronounced seh-shur-uh) is a literary magazine created, edited and distributed annually by current IWU students. The magazine is open to submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, script and visual art.

Lambda Tau Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society fosters all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing; promotes exemplary character and good fellowship among its members; exhibits high standards of academic excellence; and serves society by fostering literacy.

Local members can also apply for internships and scholarship through the International Society, as well as submit work for publication and attend and/or present at international conferences.