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The 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.  Behold...the Green and Gold!


  • 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. 

    Eligibility/Requirements: High academic standards required for membership. Students who meet the following guidelines may be eligible for membership:
    1. Must be currently enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student
    2. Must have completed at least 3 semesters or 5 quarters of college course work
    3. Must have completed a minimum of 2 college courses in English language or literature beyond the usual requirements in freshman English
    4. Must have a minimum of a B or equivalent grade point average in English and in general scholarship
    For more information, contact Prof. Damani Drew at at (757) 823-9124 or

  • Creative Writing Club For more information, contact Dr. Gary Wilkens at (757) 823-2956 or
  • English Majors' Club For more information, contact Dr. Gary Wilkens at (757) 823-2956 or
  • The Norfolk Review Journal For more information, contact Dr. Jocelyn Heath at
  • Spartan Debating Society For more information, contact Prof. Antonella DiTommaso at

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.  

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

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

Additional Resources:
242 Madison Hall (ENFL Resource and Media Center)

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

109 Madison Hall (Writing Center West -- WCW) --
For more information contact:
Prof. Curt H. Hutchison at