Welcome

Our Mission

The mission of the English program is to offer courses in four concentrations (Creative Writing, Film Studies, Literary Studies, and Writing and Rhetoric) 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, ethical issues, while promoting both diversity and tolerance.

Why Major in English?

Degrees Offered

  • Students can also earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English through the College of Education,  Department of Teacher Education.
  • Via the Nicholls Online program, students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in English. The Nicholls Online Program offers English courses to complete the B.A. in English during the spring, summer, and fall semesters which consists of two eight-week mini-terms during each.

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 graduate with a degree from Languages and Literature. Fifty-eight percent of those graduates went on to graduate or professional schools.

Dr. Ellen Barker, Department Chair


DEPARTMENT NEWS

  • September 1, 2016 at 3:16 pm
    Plan on joining us at the Colonel's Retreat in the Student Union.  Students (and faculty) are invited to read their original creative works in an informal, public forum.  The fall 2016 dates and topics are listed below - please plan on joining us - we look forward to seeing you there.  The microphone goes on at 6:00 p.m. sharp....see you there.   WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14:  OPEN MIC NIGHT TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4:  THEMED READING WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26:  BATTLE ROYALE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16:  SENIOR SHOWCASE  ...
  • September 1, 2016 at 3:05 pm
    Fall 2015 ENGL 215: Going Home Again - Homecoming WWW, WW1 Instructor: Allen, Gabi Gautreaux Catalog Description: ENGL 215; Introduction to Thematic Approaches to Literature; 3-3-0. Prerequisite: C or better in ENGL 102. The study of a specified theme as it recurs through literature. (23.0101). Course Theme: Going Home Again: The Literature of Homecoming Course Description: Through a selection of readings from poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, students will explore the emotionally fraught subject of returning home after significant absence, looking closely at how the journey transforms the traveller—and the place called “home.” Textbook Requirements: Required reading, a combination of fiction and non-fiction, will include Joshilyn Jackson’s Gods in Alabama, William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, Rob Dreher’s The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, and selections from Homer’s Odyssey. ENGL 215: Seven Deadly Sins 2M Instructor: Stanga, Linda Catalog Description: ENGL 215; Introduction to Thematic Approaches to Literature; 3-3-0. Prerequisite: C or better in ENGL 102. The study of a specified theme as it recurs through literature. (23.0101) Course Theme: The Seven Deadly Sins in Literature Course Description: The Seven Deadly Sins left a profound mark on Western literature and art and continue to inspire. Students who take this course should be able to communicate intelligently about the history and development in Western thought of the notion of the seven deadly sins, drawing on evidence from literature and popular culture. They should also be able to follow and analyze complex arguments…...

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  • September 1, 2016 at 3:16 pm
    Plan on joining us at the Colonel's Retreat in the Student Union.  Students (and faculty) are invited to read their original creative works in an informal, public forum.  The fall 2016 dates and topics are listed below - please plan on joining us - we look forward to seeing you there.  The microphone goes on at 6:00 p.m. sharp....see you there.   WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14:  OPEN MIC NIGHT TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4:  THEMED READING WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26:  BATTLE ROYALE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16:  SENIOR SHOWCASE  ...
  • September 1, 2016 at 3:05 pm
    Fall 2015 ENGL 215: Going Home Again - Homecoming WWW, WW1 Instructor: Allen, Gabi Gautreaux Catalog Description: ENGL 215; Introduction to Thematic Approaches to Literature; 3-3-0. Prerequisite: C or better in ENGL 102. The study of a specified theme as it recurs through literature. (23.0101). Course Theme: Going Home Again: The Literature of Homecoming Course Description: Through a selection of readings from poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, students will explore the emotionally fraught subject of returning home after significant absence, looking closely at how the journey transforms the traveller—and the place called “home.” Textbook Requirements: Required reading, a combination of fiction and non-fiction, will include Joshilyn Jackson’s Gods in Alabama, William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, Rob Dreher’s The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, and selections from Homer’s Odyssey. ENGL 215: Seven Deadly Sins 2M Instructor: Stanga, Linda Catalog Description: ENGL 215; Introduction to Thematic Approaches to Literature; 3-3-0. Prerequisite: C or better in ENGL 102. The study of a specified theme as it recurs through literature. (23.0101) Course Theme: The Seven Deadly Sins in Literature Course Description: The Seven Deadly Sins left a profound mark on Western literature and art and continue to inspire. Students who take this course should be able to communicate intelligently about the history and development in Western thought of the notion of the seven deadly sins, drawing on evidence from literature and popular culture. They should also be able to follow and analyze complex arguments…...
  • August 10, 2016 at 2:56 pm
    To learn more about our department's international travel programs please contact either of the Assistant Professors listed below.  Currently, we have a study abroad program wherein students are invited to visit Costa Rica and earn college credit while doing so.  Please check back for additional planned future locations. Contacts: Assistant Professor Dr. Bryant Smith (Spanish)                                       Assistant Professor Dr. Robin White (French) 205A Peltier Hall                                                                                             256B Peltier Hall 985-448-4980                                                                                                  985-448-4854 james.smith@nicholls.edu                                                                          robin.white@nicholls.edu...
  • November 18, 2014 at 12:28 pm
    Be sure to check out the Language and Literature's course offerings in the 200 level literature courses.  We are constantly striving to introduce students to literature which is of interest to a broad spectrum of the student body.  Each semester, instructors are invited to submit a topic or theme which they would like to teach about during the following semester.  Topics / themes in the not-too-distant past have included Irish, Gothic, Fairy Tales, Seven Deadly Sins, The Bible as Literature, Women of the Bible, and Prison Literature to name just a few.  Come take a look inside and be prepared to be entranced by our newest additions. Feedback is welcomed - what do you wish to read about? A particular theme you are drawn to, or a past theme which you would like to see again - WE WISH TO HEAR FROM YOU! Email: kenna.coyle@nicholls.edu or 985-448-4453 (telephone)...
  • 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 has, during the holiday season, begun partnering with The Haven, a shelter for victims of domestic violence and Hope for Animals, an animal shelter, both located in the LaFourche and Terrebonne Parishes. Clothes, toys, and necessities for families are purchased and wrapped from their holiday "wish lists" and donations of dog or cat items are collected and distributed. This spring, we are also planning on adding the "spring drive" for school supplies for The Haven shelter. According to directors, there is always a substantial need for school supplies each fall, ranging from paper, pens, colors, to school clothes for teenagers. This drive will "wrap" up during the last week of the spring semester. If you have an interest to participate in either or all of these activities, we welcome any and contributions. Please contact the Languages and Literature Department at 985-448-4453 or kenna.coyle@nicholls.edu with any questions.  ...
  • December 4, 2013 at 3:14 pm
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  • 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....