Division of Language and Literature | Louisiana College

Division of Language and Literature

Students of the Division of Language and Literature are prepared to begin advanced study or embark on careers in virtually any vocation. The evidence for the marketability of humanities skills is abundant. Many recruiters are turning directly to humanities majors for their foreign-language and intercultural expertise, their leadership abilities, communication skills, and their intellectual flexibility and creativity.

Undergraduate programs are designed to serve those who pursue careers immediately upon graduation as well as to provide a solid foundation for further studies. Our majors are well prepared for graduate/professional schools or careers in writing, publishing, editing, government, law, business, public relations, church-related vocations, and education. Our graduates produce outstanding PRAXIS scores, are in teaching positions locally and abroad, or are furthering their degrees in various graduate schools. One served as a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Some are serving in government agencies. Graduates interested in business and journalism are working in related fields, as the director of graphic services, as a newspaper reporter/editor, and as executive assistants in various businesses. 

Mission

The mission of the Division of Language and Literature is to cultivate students’ personal, intellectual, and spiritual growth and to develop students of faith, intellect, and character. Through the study of literature and languages, students obtain knowledge of human culture and explore the meaning and significance of human existence. Humanities courses provide students with historical perspective, increase cultural awareness, and highlight the great insights and inspirations of the past that have formed the culture of the present. Complex issues and concepts about what it means to be human, the human experience, and the human condition are examined through the lens of a Christian worldview that encourages students to integrate learning into a meaningful framework in harmony with Christian faith and beliefs. The Division ultimately educates students to embody knowledge, hone critical and analytical thinking, possess dynamic oral and written communication skills, embrace creativity, and practice ethical behavior. Such emphases foster rational thought, intellectual growth, scholastic excellence, and personal responsibility. The focus on critical thinking and communication skills, the exposure to great works of literature, and the fundamental understanding of languages and the culture provides the student with the resources and behaviors to pursue service to God and others.

Division Information

A student pursuing a Language and Literature degree learns to think critically and creatively about literature and current issues. Students develop their vocabulary, leadership skills, reading speed and comprehension, and writing quality. Language and Literature classes amply prepare students for graduate/professional school, overseas study, or nearly any career. 

The course offerings are updated every semester, and classes vary in the categories of American, British, World, biblical literature, and creative writing. Examples are:

  • The American Renaissance
  • Medieval Literature
  • Advanced Grammar and Linguistics
  • Introduction To Creative Writing
  • Shakespeare
  • African-American Literature
  • Literary Criticism and Theory

Although a Language and Literature major can pick any minor, the following are most commonly chosen:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • History

Louisiana College, with its liberal arts education, integrates faith and learning by teaching students seeking a Language and Literature degree how to view past, present, and future literature through a Christian worldview. Students study both secular and Christian authors and works, and they discover how Christianity influences themes and characters in literature. Students in the Language and Literature program learn how to think critically and apply their knowledge to serve others. In Language and Literature classes, students listen to other viewpoints, learn to appreciate other cultures, and utilize creativity to complete assignments and contribute to class discussions. Classes in the Language and Literature program are small, with a 6-1 professor-student ratio, meaning that every student receives daily opportunities to voice opinions and reflections. Professors not only care about aiding the students in their search for knowledge, but the professors care about the lives of the students and their walks with Christ.

With a Language and Literature degree, you will be prepared to work in a creative, legal, or a professional field. Although many employers desire humanities majors, the following careers are most commonly chosen:

  • Teacher, Professor, Administrator
  • Writer, Poet
  • Editor, Director, Screenwriter, Publisher
  • Journalist, Critic
  • Lawyer, Judge, Legal Professional, Press Secretary
  • Librarian, Museum Curator
  • Business Manager, CEO, Secretary
  • Translator

International English Honor Society

Epsilon Chi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta 

The Louisiana College chapter has been active for 40 years.

International Honor Society of Foreign Languages

Alpha Mu Gamma