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Norfolk State UniversityThe English and Foreign Languages Department aims to develop in students an understanding of language development and of the structure and uses of language in their various written and spoken forms. The Department aims to help students in all majors to develop facility in the use of the English language for various purposes and contexts and to respond appreciatively to the beauty, power, and utility of language in varied media.

The Department offers its majors opportunities to concentrate in English, English with a Secondary Endorsement.

The Foreign Languages program in the Department seeks to develop students’ fundamental skills in French, Spanish, and other languages, including Arabic, as staff resources permit. It seeks also to generate or broaden student interest in world cultures through language study.


Study Abroad​

English majors, would you like to study in another country while getting your degree in English (or in one of the concentrations) at Norfolk State University?

Students majoring or minoring in English have numerous opportunities to study outside the United States. Students can immerse themselves in a foreign culture while adding diversity to their undergraduate degree. Talk to your foreign language instructor about this great experience.

Also, talk with a representative from International Programs. International Programs is the University's entity responsible for supporting, overseeing, and coordinating Norfolk State's international initiatives.

International Programs works with all interested programs and services at Norfolk State to assist in international outreach, partnerships, exchanges, research, travel, and funding pursuits. It also provides administrative and behavioral guidelines and regulations, screens national and international venues, and develops sites and curricula for students who wish to study abroad.


Dear Graduates:
We are still smiling when we reminisce about the times we spent with you discussing your future career goals as English majors. Now, it all seems like a dream come true; you have graduated and are pursuing your dreams. Perhaps you are attending graduate school, working for a large corporation, making plans to get married, or just starting a family. Whatever your endeavors, just know that we are so proud of you and wish you all the best in life. If you are ever in the area, do stop by to see us or call us at (757) 823-8891 to let us know how you are doing. 



  • Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, Xi Nu Chapter The purposes of Sigma Tau Delta are (a) to confer upon candidates distinction for high achievement in English language and literature studies in undergraduate, graduate, and professional work, (b) to promote student interest in literature and the English language on local campuses and their surrounding communities, and (c) to foster the discipline of English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing.. read more
  • Creative Writing Club For more information, contact Dr. Gary Wilkens at (757) 823-2956 or
  • English Majors' Club For more information, contact Dr. Uzzie Cannon at (757) 823-2441 or 

Research Labs and Centers

COLA Instructional / Comprehensive Language Lab
The COLA Lab is not an open lab, that is, students do not have free use of this lab as they do with some other labs on campus. This lab is intended for classes and coursework related to the students in the College of Liberal Arts. Computers in this lab are not connected to a printer.  Click here to view lab schedule.

Location: 240 (second floor, next to the elevator)
Hours: Lab hours are tentative and may be changed.
        MWF: TBA
        Tues./Thurs: TBA
Summer Hours vary. Class sessions occur during the day. See schedule on door(s) or link to schedule above.

Additional Resources
109 Madison Hall (Computer Resource Instructional Lab)
242 Madison Hall (ENFL Resource and Media Center)

For more information
Mr. Damani Drew, M.A., C.O.I., English Lab Instructor, at (757) 823-9124,