Dr. Mamie Johnson, Department Chair
The Department of English and Foreign Languages offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration either in Creative Writing, French, Gender, Language and Literature, Secondary Endorsement, Spanish, Theatre Performance, or Theatre Technology. We are interested in serious students who seek a solid liberal arts education that strengthens academic skills, facilitates the acquisition of new knowledge, and promotes intercultural enrichment and social responsibility.
English majors participate in a plethora of campus activities, lead student organizations, plan and participate in literary events, produce and perform in plays, engage in service-learning activities, and/or help to publish a creative writing magazine, The Norfolk Review. Our students use cutting-edge technology in preparing assignments and presentations, conducting research, and communicating online with other students abroad or on campus. We offer our students other opportunities to converse in other languages such as Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish. In sum, students who major in English and Foreign Languages become fully engaged in campus and community life.
The mission of the Department of English and Foreign Languages is to provide high-quality academic preparation for a diverse student population, equipping students’ competency in written and oral language skills. Our main goal is to provide our majors with the discipline-specific knowledge and critical skills that will allow them to teach English or Spanish in secondary schools, further their studies in graduate and professional schools, or to pursue careers in other fields of their choice.