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The mission of the English program is to offer courses in three concentrations (Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric/Professional Writing) that lead to a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree.  The program aims to prepare students for graduate school, professional school, and careers in teaching, writing, and in other fields where effective communication skills are required.   The program also supports the University’s mission to create a “personalized, culturally rich, and dynamic learning environment through quality teaching, research, and service” by focusing especially upon aesthetic, cultural, and ethical issues and promoting both diversity and tolerance.

Why Major in English?

Degrees Offered

  • Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in English via Nicholls Online. The Department of Languages and Literature will offer courses during Summer and Fall 2013 –Term 3: June 3-August 1, Term 4: August 8-October 8 and Term 5: October 14-December 11.

Snapshot of the Major

Over the past five years, the department averaged 85 majors with an approximate ACT score of 23. Each year, about 13 students graduated with a degree from Languages and Literature. Fifty-eight percent of graduates went on to graduate or professional schools.


Dr. Ellen Barker, Department Chair


UPCOMING EVENTS

Literary Battle Royale, Creative Writing Reading Series, Tuesday, March 25, Colonel’s Retreat in the Student Union at 6:00 p.m. A panel of student judges selects the best readings of the night. First place and runner-up receive small prizes.


 

NEWS

  • March 27, 2014 at 1:20 pm
    Congratulations to English major Brandon Naquin and English Education major Chelsie Bergeron who recently were inducted into the Nicholls Student Hall of Fame in a ceremony attended by Nicholls State University President Dr. Bruce Murphy....
  • March 10, 2014 at 7:38 pm
    Languages & Literature Faculty Participate in Faculty Brown Bag Sessions as part of Research Week. Dr. Bryant Smith presented on "Motivation for Learning Foreign Languages," Dr. Keri Turner presented on "Faculty & Student Perceptions of Academic Integrity," & Dr. Scott Banville presented on "Bram Stoker’s 'New Men'" on Monday, March 10, 2014.    ...

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NEWS


 

  • March 27, 2014 at 1:20 pm
    Congratulations to English major Brandon Naquin and English Education major Chelsie Bergeron who recently were inducted into the Nicholls Student Hall of Fame in a ceremony attended by Nicholls State University President Dr. Bruce Murphy....
  • March 10, 2014 at 7:38 pm
    Languages & Literature Faculty Participate in Faculty Brown Bag Sessions as part of Research Week. Dr. Bryant Smith presented on "Motivation for Learning Foreign Languages," Dr. Keri Turner presented on "Faculty & Student Perceptions of Academic Integrity," & Dr. Scott Banville presented on "Bram Stoker’s 'New Men'" on Monday, March 10, 2014.    ...
  • February 11, 2014 at 2:11 pm
    Panel A--Monday, February 17 12:00-1:30 PM, Student Union Captain's Room Reassessing Artistic Value & Notions of Progress in Art --Danielle Evans--Hoeniger's Theory of Art Restoration --Tessie Rodrigue--Mondrian's Victory: The Evolution of Piet Mondrian's Painting in New York City --Taylor LeBlanc--Austrian Artists & their Models as Muses Moderator: Dr. Deborah Cibelli -- Panel B--Tuesday, February 18, 2:00-3:15 PM, Student Union Captain's Room Getting a Lot out of a Little: Single Texts that Open Large Questions  --Rosalyn Stilling--Analysis of the Body & Communication --Brandon Naquin-- "Allons!" A Universal Call to Freedom in Walt Whitman's "Song of the Open Road" --Wendy Mai--The Banner of Lady Dai & her Journey Towards Immortality  Moderator: Dr. Todd Kennedy -- Panel C--Tuesday, February 18, 5:00-6:15 PM, Student Union Captain's Room Disciplinary Regimes: Creating, Challenging, & Critiquing --Celeste Hope--Black Swan & The Dreamers: How The MPAA Rates Sexuality --Kostas Smith--Modern Piracy: The Oldest Sins in the Newest Ways Moderator: Dr. Scott Banville The Third Annual Humanities Symposium is presented by Sigma Tau Delta, the Department of Languages & Literature, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Student Programming Association....
  • December 21, 2013 at 9:32 am
    The Department partnered with The Haven, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, to purchase clothes, gifts, and other necessities. The Haven is located in Houma, LA. Department members purchased new gifts for the children, school clothes for the children, gifts for the mother, and work clothes for the mother.  ...
  • December 4, 2013 at 3:14 pm
    The Creative Writing Club, the Creative Writing Program, and the English Society hosted the first ever Senior Creative Writing Reading event. Video after the fold....
  • November 19, 2013 at 1:39 pm
    Garrison Kellior read Dr. David Middleton's, Professor Emeritus, poem "Summer Ending" on NPR's  The Writer's Almanac last Sunday, November 17, 2013. The Writer's Almanac airs on most National Public Radio stations....
  • October 15, 2013 at 12:37 pm
    Dr. Scott Banville will speak about Dracula and Bram Stoker to the SOLA (Southern Louisiana) chapter of RWA (Romance Writers of America) on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Jefferson Parish Library at 2727 Napoleon Avenue in Metairie, LA at 10:00 AM....
  • October 1, 2013 at 2:57 pm
    Tuesday, October 8, 2013–free screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild at 5:30 PM in Peltier Auditorium....
  • September 19, 2013 at 8:25 am
    The Department of Languages and Literature is pleased to announce that the Experience Costa Rica! study abroad program is now open for enrollment. There are two tracks that students can take in Costa Rica: 1. Humanities 405 (HUMA 405) and Spanish 101 or 102 (6 hours) If you choose the Spanish track, you will take either Spanish 101 or Spanish 102 in addition to HUMA 405. By studying in Costa Rica, your language learning will be constantly reinforced by your immersion in the culture and language. Intensive study with a Nicholls' professor will be enhanced by Spanish practice outside of the classroom. 2. Humanities 405 and English 266 (6 hours) If you are doing the all-English track, ENGL 266: Nonfiction Prose Writing will involve your writing travel diary entries, giving descriptions of each place you will visit, and also exploring cultural differences between your home communities and various Costa Rican communities. You will also explore differences within the Costa Rican communities that you visit. For more information, please phone: (985) 448-4854, or email Dr. Robin White (robin.white@nicholls.edu) or contact Dr. Bryant Smith (james.smith@nicholls.edu) at (985) 448-4980. The deadline to sign up is December 18, 2013. experience costa rica flyer.jpg...
  • May 15, 2013 at 2:28 pm
    Second Annual Undergraduate Humanities Symposium Results Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Second Annual Undergraduate Humanities Symposium. Prizes for best papers have been awarded to the following students: First Place--$100 Brandon Naquin, “An Assessment of Wildness in “Walking” and The Blithedale Romance” Second Place--$55 Danielle Evans, “The Art of the Story: An Examination of Kara Walker’s Silhouettes” Third Place--$25 Lillie Connor-Flores, “Skeletons in the Chimney: One Man’s Struggle with Sexuality and Society”   All of the students who participated in the Second Annual Undergraduate Humanities Symposium enriched the intellectual atmosphere of Nicholls....
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