Interested in Earning College Credit While Traveling to Costa Rica?

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.


Assistant Professor Dr. Bryant Smith (Spanish)                                       Assistant Professor Dr. Robin White (French)

205A Peltier Hall                                                                                             256B Peltier Hall

985-448-4980                                                                                                  985-448-4854                                                                

Costa Rica Mountain Side
Costa Rica Mountain Side
Costa Rica Beach
Costa Rica Coffee Farm
Costa Rica Volcano
Costa Rica Crater
Costa Rica Fruit

Undergraduate Courses: Fall 2015

Be sure to check out the new Fall 2015 course descriptions for changes in our English literature course offerings. With the advent of fall 2015, we are beginning to offer new literature courses beginning with the 200 level. 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: or 985-448-4453 (telephone)

2014 Undergraduate Humanities Symposium Program

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.


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 with any questions.

Wrapped Gifts
Wrapped Gifts for the Haven


Experience Costa Rica!

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 ( or contact Dr. Bryant Smith ( at (985) 448-4980. The deadline to sign up is December 18, 2013.

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