The Department of Languages and Literature at Nicholls State University provides instruction in English composition, creative writing, literature (English, American, and World Literature), foreign languages (French and Spanish), literary theory, technical writing, and humanities. Good teaching, especially that which focuses upon correct and effective written communication, is the central mission of the department including the English program. Majors in English in the Creative Writing, Film, Literary Studies, or Writing and Rhetoric Concentrations are available and minors are available in Creative Writing, English, Film Studies, French, Literary Studies, Professional Writing, and Spanish. The department strongly supports the preparation of K-12 teachers through its offerings for English and French education majors, and, by means of graduate courses and summer teacher institutes in language and literature, serves the ongoing professional needs of active teachers.
The faculty in both English and Foreign Languages incorporate critical thinking into classes at all levels, focusing especially upon aesthetic, cultural, and ethical issues and promoting both diversity and tolerance. Through the comprehensive committee structure of the department, faculty engage in ongoing review of pedagogical, philosophical, and practical matters which serve to improve instruction.
For its majors, senior faculty members serve as advisors who closely monitor student progress and student needs. To enhance classroom instruction, the department also sponsors student organizations (Creative Writing Reading Series, The Literary Society, and Sigma Tau Delta), a literary magazine (Mosaic), the Fletcher Lecture Series, The Philological Society (for faculty), and many other extracurricular activities.
Faculty extend their knowledge of various areas of special interest to them through ongoing research and scholarship, some of which leads to to presentations at regional and national conferences and to publications in recognized journals and book-length studies, as well as through grants. Creative work by the faculty appears in journals and anthologies and as chapbooks and books.
The faculty also lend their efforts to a broad range of service activities throughout the University and the surrounding region.