Why Major in English?

Why Major or Minor in English?

The Department of Languages & Literature has some of the most diverse areas of concentration and course offerings at Nicholls:

Areas of Concentration: Creative Writing, Literary Studies, Film Studies, Writing and Rhetoric

Minor: English

Anticipated Minors in the Coming Year: Film, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies

Exciting New Courses: Literature of the Undead, Literature of Madness, Literature in the Bible, Literary References in the Twilight Series, Literature in the Harry Potter Series, Science Fiction, Gothic Literature, The Graphic Novel, Asian Literature, New Orleans Literature, The “Other” Earnest Hemingway,” Sports Literature, The Brontes, The Victorian Sensation Novel, Louisiana’s Ernest Gaines, the Harlem Renaissance, Middle Eastern Literature and Culture, African Literature, Ethnic Women’s Literature, The Literature of Spanish and Latin Cultures, Literature and the Wilderness, just to name a few.

Creative Writing Courses: fiction, poetry, screenwriting, creative non-fiction, the dramatic script

Film Courses: Introduction to Film and Film Genres (e.g. the western, the horror film)

Writing and Rhetoric Courses: digital rhetoric, classical rhetoric, special topics in rhetoric (such as women’s or political rhetoric or the rhetoric in film), advanced writing, technical writing


Exciting Faculty from Diverse Backgrounds: Scott Banville, Ph.D., Ohio State University; Ellen Barker, Ph.D., Georgia State University; Kathy Conner, Ph. D., Florida State University; Richmond Eustis, Ph.D., Louisiana State University; Todd Kennedy, Ph.D., University of South Carolina; Nick Mainieri, MFA University of New Orleans; Patrick Perkins, Ph.D., University of Alabama; Abigail Scherer, Ph.D., University of Alabama; Michele Theriot, Ph.D., University of Louisiana; Myron Tuman, Ph.D., Tulane University; Keri Turner, Ph.D., University of Louisiana; Jay Udall, MFA, New England College and M.A. George Washington University; Shana Walton, Ph.D. Tulane University; Robin White, Ph.D. Louisiana State University

Clubs, Organizations, Reading Series: Very active English Society; Sigma Tau Delta, English Honorary Society; Creative Writing Reading Series; Film Screenings

Careers for English Majors:

If you are thinking about Law School, then think about English.

Majoring in English is one of the strongest preparations you can have for admission to Law School.

Nationally, English majors score an average of 155 on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), which means that our majors outscore students who graduate in such fields as political science, liberal arts, sociology, accounting, finance, and education. In fact, English students score as much as 7 points higher on the LSAT than pre-law or criminal justice majors. (1)

English majors also perform well in Law School itself because the work focuses on the same things you focused on in your English courses: reasoning clearly and writing persuasive arguments.

(1) Nieswiadomy, Michael (2009) LSAT Scores of Economics Majors: The 2008-2009 Class Update, June 25,