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Our Mission

The mission of the English program is to offer courses in four areas of concentration (creative writing, film studies, literary studies, and rhetoric/professional writing) that lead to a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree. The program in English aims to prepare students for graduate school, professional school, and careers in fields where effective communication skills are required. Faculty at Graduation

Programs in English also support the university’s mission to deliver “accredited degree programs and comprehensive learning experiences to prepare students for regional and global professions” by focusing upon aesthetic, cultural, and ethical issues and by 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 12, 2019 at 4:08 pm
    This year’s Fletcher Lecture is Mississippi Novelist Mary Miller Mary Miller, acclaimed author of Biloxi and The Last Days of California, a wide array of short fiction, and considered a preeminent coming-of-age writer, will be the Nicholls State University 2019 Fletcher Lecturer. Mary Miller Miller’s presentation will be at 6 p.m. October 3, 2019, in the auditorium of Gouaux Hall on Nicholls State University’s campus. The talk is free and open to the public. Miller will sign books afterward. Books will be on sale in the lobby outside the auditorium.  Miller will host a question and answer session at 11 a.m. in the Le Bijou Theater in the Nicholls Student Union. Biloxi by Mary Miller Miller’s first novel, The Last Days of California, achieved critical and popular acclaim and novelist Alexis Smith has called it “the Sense and Sensibility of pre-Apocalypse America.”  Miller’s short fiction has appeared in the Oxford American, New Stories from the South, McSweeney’s Quarterly, American Short Fiction, Mississippi Review, among many others.  The National Book Review called her most recent collection of stories, Always Happy Hour, a “stunning (and well-titled) collection of short fiction involving complicated, unprivileged women on the precipice of adulthood.” Biloxi is Miller’s most recent novel, and it has already met with critical and popular acclaim. For more on the Fletcher Lecture and Mary Miller’s campus visit, please visit the Fletcher Lecture webpage....
  • February 4, 2019 at 4:45 pm
    The Spring 2019 Creative Reading Series Dates Tuesday, February 19: Themed reading in celebration of African-American History Month. Wednesday, March 13: Mosaic 2019 Preview Reading, a Scholars Expeaux Event. Open Mic to follow. Wednesday, April 17: Senior Showcase + Open Mic. All readings will take place in Colonel’s Retreat at 5:00 PM....

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  • September 12, 2019 at 4:08 pm
    This year’s Fletcher Lecture is Mississippi Novelist Mary Miller Mary Miller, acclaimed author of Biloxi and The Last Days of California, a wide array of short fiction, and considered a preeminent coming-of-age writer, will be the Nicholls State University 2019 Fletcher Lecturer. Mary Miller Miller’s presentation will be at 6 p.m. October 3, 2019, in the auditorium of Gouaux Hall on Nicholls State University’s campus. The talk is free and open to the public. Miller will sign books afterward. Books will be on sale in the lobby outside the auditorium.  Miller will host a question and answer session at 11…...
  • February 4, 2019 at 4:45 pm
    The Spring 2019 Creative Reading Series Dates Tuesday, February 19: Themed reading in celebration of African-American History Month. Wednesday, March 13: Mosaic 2019 Preview Reading, a Scholars Expeaux Event. Open Mic to follow. Wednesday, April 17: Senior Showcase + Open Mic. All readings will take place in Colonel’s Retreat at 5:00 PM....
  • January 18, 2019 at 1:48 pm
    Jay Udall awarded an Academic Affairs Award for Teaching Excellence sponsored by Regions Bank at the Spring 2019 University Convocation. Mr. Udall is a faculty member and current Poet Residence. He has taught a wide range of creative writing and literature courses at Nicholls. His poem “Walking Home” is featured on US Poet Laureate Tacy K. Smith’s podcast “The Slowdown.” The poem is from Mr. Udall’s most recent book Because a Fire in Our Heads, which won the 2017 XJ Kennedy Poetry Prize. Mr. Udall is the author of six poetry books....
  • July 6, 2017 at 4:28 pm
    Two-Hundred Level Literature Course Offerings ENGL 212:   Children’s and Young Adult Literature.  Close reading of classics of literature to prepare teachers of children and adolescents to read, analyze, appreciate, and teach the genres of poetry, prose, and drama 2M (Leffingwell) 3T and 4T  (Cagle) ENGL 215:   Introduction to Thematic Approaches to Literature.  The study of a specified theme as it recurs through literature. Literature of Work – 2M (Keefe) Literature of Peril – 4M (Scherer) Literary Rebels – 5M (Duet) World War II – 6T (Staff) ENGL 216:  Appreciation of Literary Genres.  A general introduction to the study of appreciation…...
  • 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…...
  • August 10, 2016 at 2:56 pm
    To learn more about our department’s international travel programs please contact either of the Associate 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: Associate Professor Dr. Bryant Smith              Associate Professor Dr. Robin White (Spanish)                                                                    (French) 205A Peltier Hall                                                                 256B…...
  • 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…...
  • 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.    ...