As its primary purpose, the Department of English provides excellent instruction in courses that further all general educational goals of Dalton State College. The Department also fosters a rich teaching and learning environment to sustain and improve instructional effectiveness and to encourage creativity. Classes train students in effective use of both written and spoken language, teach them analytical techniques and terminologies useful for general academic endeavors, and acquaint them with humanistic traditions of their own and other cultures. To achieve these aims, the Department offers courses that support certificate, associate, and baccalaureate programs. These courses include preparatory skills in English and reading, English as a second language, freshman composition, literary studies, creative writing, humanities, speech communication, music appreciation, French, and Spanish. Additionally, the Department provides tutoring and assistance through its Writing Lab and showcases student writing through Department and College publications.