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Department of Language and Literature


Department Mission

The mission of the Department of Language and Literature at North Carolina Central University is to engage students in languages, cultures, literatures, linguistics, and writing. We foster students' analytical and creative thinking, problem-solving abilities, and communication strategies that reflect awareness of global perspectives. Ultimately, this holistic approach prepares students for their responsibilities in civic and professional life.


  • Enriching educational experiences to bolster student success
  • Promoting accessibility and flexibility
  • Serving the public through community engagement
  • Engaging students in global perspectives

Core Values

  • Responsive Teaching - We value teaching that is responsive to changing pedagogical methods, to new learning in our department’s fields of languages, cultures, literatures, linguistics, and writing, and to the global marketplace our graduates enter.  We especially value teaching that is responsive to our students’ cultures, aspirations, and learning differences. We value meaningful professional development that supports faculty in these areas.
  • Inquiry, Scholarship, and Creative Pursuits - We value the pursuit of learning, believing that research and practice inform each other. Our community of scholars is comprised of students and faculty who make and disseminate new knowledge in a variety of forums, including classrooms, academic presentations, scholarly and mainstream publications, creative performances, and other public venues.
  • Community Engagement - We value our connection to the local and global community.  We seek to interact with our campus and local communities through service-learning experiences that connect classroom learning with community needs. We encourage students and faculty to respect, serve, and contribute to their own communities. We also value service in our own professional communities.
  • Global Perspectives - We believe that all students must be engaged in developing the skills needed to live, learn, and work in a global context and a multicultural society. We believe faculty members should engage individually, as well as with students and colleagues, in cross-cultural teaching and scholarship that enhances knowledge, inclusiveness, and understanding of the world’s people and cultures.

Degree Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in English (Concentrations in Literature, Writing, and English Education) 
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with Licensure
  • Master of Arts in English

Department Administration

  • Dr. Wendy Rountree, Chairperson, COM 305, (919) 530-7461, wrountree@nccu.edu
  • Ms. Sandra Howard, Administrative Assistant, COM 305, (919) 530-6221, showard@nccu.edu
  • Dr. James Pearce, Director of Graduate Programs, COM 306, (919) 530-7113, jpearce@nccu.edu
  • Dr. Collie Fulford, Director of First-Year Writing, COM 232, (919) 530-7210, cfulfor1@nccu.edu
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