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Dr. Wendy Roundtree
Dr. Wendy Roundtree

Greetings from the Department of Language and Literature at North Carolina Central University (NCCU)! On behalf of the department, I would like to thank you for your interest.  The Department of Language and Literature is a unique department; due to required General Education Curriculum (GEC) courses, most students who matriculate at NCCU will take English Composition, Foreign Language, and Arts & Humanities classes, which are offered through our department, during their freshman year.   The department also offers Philosophy courses.  As a faculty, we understand that we are meeting students during a critical year in their college careers and seek to cultivate students’ writing and critical thinking skills which will support their success in all course throughout their academic studies.

Currently, the department offers four degree programs – a BA in English, a BA in Spanish, a new BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, and a MA in English.  The English degree program includes three areas of concentration – literature, writing, and education.  The Spanish degree program includes two areas of concentration – without licensure (general) and with licensure (education).  We also offer several minors – in English (literature or writing concentration), German, Spanish, and Philosophy.  Our storied English Master’s degree program offers a wide range of American, British, and Multi-Cultural literature courses as well as Rhetoric and Composition courses.

Graduates of our department find employment in many areas including teaching elementary and secondary schools and in colleges and universities.  Additionally, some of our recent undergraduate graduates are now continuing their studies in graduate programs at UNC-Chapel Hill, Temple University, and Pennsylvania State University.  Others have successfully entered into regional law schools, including NCCU School of Law.  Recent English MA graduates have been accepted into doctoral programs UNC-Chapel Hill, the University of Maryland, and the University of Georgia.

Our department also offers many extra-curricular activities through our active language clubs – English, French, German, and Spanish.  Some of these activities include celebrating international holidays and participating in international festivals where food, culture, and dance are exhibited.  We also are offering our own Professional and Technical Writing Internship course and have placed a number of students in college-credit earning, on-campus and off-campus internships.

Our faculty and staff work every day to nurture the intellectual development of our students -
whether we are interacting with students in our GEC courses, in our upper-level courses for majors and minors, or in our graduate seminars.  Student success if priority one in the Department of Language and Literature!    If you wish to learn more about our department and/or degree programs, please continue to explore our website and / or visit us on the third floor of the Farrison-Newton Communications Building.

Dr. Wendy Rountree
Chair, Department of Language and Literature

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