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English and Philosophy


Chair: Kellyanne Ure
Phone: (435) 283-7570

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The English and Philosophy Department offers students chances to study literature, philosophy, composition, creative writing, folklore, gender studies, and rhetoric.  This study is firmly within the liberal arts tradition.  Additionally, students have the opportunity to contribute to and help produce department publications for creative writing and for argumentative writing.  Students may also have the chance to join the Ethics Bowl team or work as a tutor in the writing lab.

The work of the department is divided into four centers for areas:

  • Composition—Students can take general education classes like English 1010 and English 2010.  Developmental, honors, tutoring, and a 3000-level professional writing class are available as well.
  • Literature—Students can choose GE-credit literature classes that cover a wide range of topics: American, British, world, ancient, gothic, science fiction, and many others.  
  • Philosophy—Students can choose GE-credit philosophy classes that focus on ethics, business ethics, world religions, and others.
  • Creative Writing—Students can take a GE credit introduction to creative writing course as well as genre-specific creative writing classes in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.  


Students who complete the recommended English curriculum at Snow College will be expected to demonstrate that they

  • know the elements of most literary genres and the vocabulary used to describe them;
  • know the general outline of British and/or American literary history;
  • know the scope of several distinct literary theories;
  • can respond constructively to an unfamiliar literary work;
  • can write a mature essay that interprets a literary work within the framework of a recognized literary theory;
  • believe that literature is an important form of expression;
  • believe that they are themselves capable of participating in the literary tradition.

Students who complete Philosophy courses will be expected to demonstrate that they

  • can explain how philosophy is done and the major issues in the areas of logic, metaphysics, epistemology, political, and moral philosophy;
  • can articulate and argue their own beliefs in each of the areas of philosophy;
  • can analyze and evaluate an argument in philosophy.