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.
The Division of Language and Literature’s mission is to cultivate students’ personal, intellectual, and spiritual growth, equipping students for lives of learning, leading, and serving. By focusing on both language and literature, the faculty offer courses that provide students with historical perspective, cultural awareness, and analytical skills that help students to think, speak, and write well and apply knowledge wisely.
“My time as an English major at LCU has allowed me to develop my love of reading by analyzing and writing about literature, and that experience has prepared me to now focus on my passion – creative writing. I have gained so much knowledge and experience in the last few years, and I am excited to use what I have learned at this school to write and illustrate children’s books for God’s glory!”
“The compassion and Christ-centered atmosphere within LCU’s Department of Language and Literature has made my experience as an English major and Spanish minor nothing short of enjoyable. As my graduation date approaches, I feel transformed in my craft and well prepared to excel in my field!”
“As a senior English major, the Language and Literature Department at Louisiana Christian University feels more like home to me than a scholarly institution. The professors within this department act as excellent mentors who always have LCU students’ best interests in mind. Two English professors who have had a profound impact on my academic success are Dr. Jeannie Gauthier and Dr. Neil Johnston. Both Dr. Gauthier and Dr. Johnston have pushed me to go farther into my studies than I thought capable. They have been nothing but encouraging and have helped me exit my comfort zone and excel in areas of creativity, historical knowledge, literary backgrounds, and many others. The professors at Louisiana Christian University are truly special people whom I believe God has called to help students prosper and prepare for life after college.”
Delaina Doyle Walley
"It is an asset to receive a quality education in one's field of interest, but it is a gift to instill a love of learning that lasts far beyond classes and follows students into their future endeavors. For me, the professors of the Language and Literature Division at LCU gave me an education which sharpened my critical thinking and writing skills while also emphasizing the importance of enjoying the process of learning and growing as an academic in my field. Even after graduating, the work ethic and curiosity which were instilled in me throughout my time in the program remain core tenets of my approach to learning and have prepared me to continue my studies in graduate school. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to be a part of this division and to have professors who both encouraged and challenged me to reach my full potential."
"It is an asset to receive a quality education in one's field of interest, but it is a gift to instill a love of learning that lasts far beyond classes and follows students into their future endeavors. For me, the professors of the Language and Literature Division at LCU gave me just that."
“As a church secretary, I am responsible for organizing schedules, events, and all church communication; maintaining a functional office; and creating a weekly bulletin and additional materials for worship. The language and literature courses at Louisiana Christian University taught me writing, communicating, and researching skills, all of which prepared me to better serve my church.
Louisiana Christian University's Division of Language and Literature professors cared about me as more than a number. Passionate about their courses and their students, the professors desired that each student understand the material, but their encouragement reached beyond the classroom. Now that I am an adjunct professor, I treat my students the same way, knowing that Christlike compassion has the power to transform lives.”