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Division of Humanities
DIVISION OF HUMANITIES
Inspired by and consistent with the mission of Louisiana College as a Christian liberal arts college, the mission of the Division of Humanities is to cultivate students’ personal, intellectual, and spiritual growth and to develop students of faith, intellect, and character. Through the study of literature and languages, students obtain knowledge of human culture and explore the meaning and significance of human existence. Humanities courses provide students with historical perspective, increase cultural awareness, and highlight the great insights and inspirations of the past that have formed the culture of the present. Complex issues and concepts about what it means to be human, the human experience, and the human condition are examined through the lens of a Christian worldview that encourages students to integrate learning into a meaningful framework in harmony with Christian faith and beliefs. The Division ultimately educates students to embody knowledge, hone critical and analytical thinking, possess dynamic oral and written communication skills, embrace creativity, and practice ethical behavior. Such emphasis fosters rational thought, intellectual growth, scholastic excellence, and personal responsibility. The focus on critical thinking and communication skills, the exposure to great works of literature, and the fundamental understanding of languages and the culture provide the student with the resources and behaviors to pursue service to God and others.
Why Major in the Humanities?
For students wishing to land a job right after the BA degree, it is crucial to have a plan for developing a skill-set that will be identifiable and attractive to employers. Humanities experiences will help you achieve this goal. Students of the Humanities are prepared to begin advanced study or embark on careers in virtually any type of vocation. Employers value students who are broadly educated, who can speak and write effectively, and who are capable of tackling complex problems.
The evidence for the marketability of humanities skills is abundant. In our globalized marketplace, many recruiters are turning directly to humanities majors for their foreign-language and intercultural expertise, their leadership abilities, communication skills and above all for their intellectual flexibility and creativity. In a rapidly changing world it is important to gain a broad education that will be applicable in a multitude of contexts and over a lifetime. Our undergraduate programs are designed to serve those who wish to pursue careers immedicately upon graduation as well as to provide a solid foundation for further studies. Our majors are well prepared for graduate/professional schools or careers in writing, publishing, editing, government, law, business, public relations, church-related vocations, and education. Graduates of our education programs have produced outstanding PRAXIS scores and are in teaching positions locally and abroad or furthering their degrees in various graduate schools. Others have secured positions in public relations and law firms; one even recently served as a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Some are serving in government agenies, such as the Federal Marshall's Program. Graduates whose interests are in business and journalism are working in related fields, as the Director of Graphic Services, as a newspaper reporter/editor, and as executive assistants in various businesses.
Areas of Study
Fall 2013 Welcome Back Pizza Party
On September 3rd, Louisiana College Humanities Division sponsored a pizza party to welcome its new and returning English and Language majors and minors. Held in what is known as the seminar room, the festive event kicked off the fall semester in good fashion. The food—four different kinds of pizza, plus a wide variety of beverages—proved an excellent draw: counting faculty and students, nearly forty people enjoyed the occasion to catch up with old friends and meet new students. Additionally, Haley Laird, president of the Epsilon Chi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, invited new students to learn more about this English honor society at an upcoming meeting. Judging from the lively discussions taking place around the room, the students bring with them a high level of enthusiasm for this year’s academic efforts.
Freshman Dean’s List Ceremony Recognizes 42 Outstanding Freshmen
On Friday, April 26, Louisiana College held its first annual ceremony for freshmen students who achieved the Dean’s List. With over one hundred guests in attendance, forty-three students were honored for their freshman academic success. LC President Dr. Joe Aguillard and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Travis Wright conducted the ceremony, presenting students with certificates and especially recognizing their parents and their most challenging LC professors. Administration and faculty enjoyed socializing with students, parents, and friends. The LC administration, faculty, and staff congratulate all the freshmen Dean’s List honorees. Faulty sponsors for the Freshman’s Dean List are Humanities professors Lillian Purdy and Nancy Whitlock.
Humanities Division Sponsors Second Spanish Immersion Night
Louisiana College Humanities Division celebrated its second Spanish Immersion Night this year on Friday, April 11. Ms. Nancy Whitlock reports that more than 50 LC students mingled with special guests from Argentina and Puerto Rico. Students practiced speaking Spanish with each other and with guests. Professor Kathleen Scataglini prepared several international dishes, including Argentine oregano chicken, Puerto Rican Beans, Mexican rice, and flan. Spanish students ranging from beginners to advanced enjoyed international food, music, and cultural exchange, all while practicing their conversation skills.
Ten Humanities Students Receive Scholarships at 2013 Convocation Day for Outstanding Academic Achievements
Each year the Division of Humanities awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to recognize outstanding students who have distinguished themselves through superior scholastic achievements, creative manuscripts, and researched analytical compositions. These students represent diligence and dedication to academic excellence. The scholarships and awards presented are drawn from endowments created to honor and to remember individuals who have fostered academic achievement and success in the Division of Humanities. These awards not only help students pursue their academic studies, but also honor the legacy of those who established the highest standards of academic achievement. Students who earn awards and scholarships are held to these high academic standards and are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. However, this year’s recipients hold a GPA of 3.6 or above.
The Humanities Division presented Jade Johnson the George Amos English Scholarship, which was established to honor Dr. George Amos who chaired the LC Department of English from 1970-1979. An unusually energetic and creative problem-solver, he developed the strong sense of departmental identity that enabled the academic growth of the department. In addition, through partnerships with area businesses, Dr. Amos became the first to provide LC students an opportunity to study in London. The award is presented to an outstanding freshman who has a 3.0 high school GPA and who earned at least a 26 on the English portion of the ACT. Jade not only exceeded the 3.0 GPA requirement and has maintained a 4.0 throughout high school, but she also scored a 32 on the English portion of the ACT.
Bruce Ragas was awarded the Mary Kate Bailes Freshman Essay Award, established to honor Mrs. Bailes, a 1936 graduate of Louisiana College who taught English in Vernon Parish for 34 years. Even after her retirement, she remained involved with the schools of Leesville and avidly encouraged young people to attend LC. The influence of this vibrant woman continues to enhance the lives of young people through this scholarship. This award goes to a returning student who has written the best overall essay in Freshman Composition.
The Mayme Hamlett English Scholarship went to Emily Smith. This scholarship honors Ms. Hamlett for instilling in her students the rich value that literature brings to life. She taught at Southwest Baptist College, Union University, and Louisiana College and was known as a mentor and role model for her students. This award was presented to Emily, recognized by the Humanities faculty as an outstanding sophomore who displays diligence, determination, academic integrity, and demonstrates superior academic potential for the study of literature.
Haley Laird won the Ellander Ridge Award. This award is given to a student who demonstrates scholastic achievement in English, possesses intellectual curiosity, displays a spirit that is conducive to learning, and demonstrates the ability to excel in literary studies. The award, given by her son, commemorates Ms. Ridge, a graduate of LC in 1927. She delighted in the study of literature and promoted academic excellence. Haley additionally received the W. P. Carson Scholarship in English, which was established to honor Dr. Carson’s 28 years of service to Louisiana College. From 1917 until 1945, his devotion to literature, quiet dignity, and commitment to learning established an intellectual standard and legacy that has characterized the best in those who have followed him in the study of English. This scholarship is presented to a superior ranking Senior English major who demonstrates academic excellence and superior scholastic achievement.
The Humanities Division awarded Paige Jordan the Ivey Gravette Scholarship that honors the memory of Ms. Gravette, who taught English at Louisiana College from 1945-1961. She returned in 1965-66 to serve as Convener of the Department of English. She combined the qualities of a vigorous intellect and generous spirit, a disciplined mind and a warm personality. Known for her exacting standards, she inspired students to rise to the challenges of scholarship and integrity. The award goes to a Junior English major of superior standing who demonstrates academic excellence and the potential for the study of literature.
Carlee Wilson was selected for the Inez Parker English Education Scholarship, which celebrates the memory of one of this community’s leading high school English teachers. Inez Parker taught at Bolton High School and demanded the very best of her students. She was recognized several times as one of the top ten high school teachers in the nation. Single-minded, she insisted that her students be challenged to rise above what they believed they could accomplish. Following her public school career, she taught English at Louisiana College for eight years. This scholarship is awarded to the student who is deemed the department’s outstanding English education major who shows great promise as an exceptional English teacher.
Jessica Hazmark received the Ada Osborne Scholarship, established to honor Dr. Rosanne Osborne’s mother. While Dr. Osborne’s mother never attended college, she valued the importance of education and provided her daughter with the opportunities to attain four Masters degrees and two Doctorates of Philosophy. The student receiving this award must be an English major who displays a love of learning and a passion for education.
The Humanities faculty selected Leah Marshall for the English Faculty Scholarship, which is awarded to a graduating senior in the Humanities Division. Given to a student who shows intellectual curiosity, dedication to academic studies, leadership qualities among her peers, and stands exemplary in her academic conduct, Leah’s academic accolades are numerous: she received a Top Thirty Scholarship; she has been named on the Dean’s List every semester in the past five years; she was nominated for the Who’s Who Among College Students for three years; and last year, she received a highly coveted CODOFIL scholarship to study French in Belgium during July 2012. She also received last year’s Choate Scholarship in French. She has served LC as a resident assistant, Writing Center assistant, and Alpha Mu Gamma secretary and president. Leah managed these accomplishments while maintaining a 3.91 GPA.
Justin Branch was awarded a CODIFIL Scholarship to study abroad in Belgium this summer. CODOFIL is state organization created in 1968 to advance and preserve the French language and culture in Louisiana. Each year, numerous students from throughout the State compete for these highly coveted scholarships. It covers educational expenses and room and board for the summer. In addition to this scholarship, the Humanities Division would like to recognize the outstanding achievement of this student by awarding him the Addie B. Choate Scholarship in French. This award honors Addie Choate, an exceptional French instructor known particularly for her sacrificial commitment to the college and her students. This scholarship is reserved for students who show exceptional promise in the study of French.
In addition to these awards and scholarship, the foreign language honor society Alpha Mu Gamma recognizes members for exemplary scholarship and service to the organization. Alpha Mu Gamma is a National Foreign Language Honor Society that was founded in 1931. The Zeta Gamma chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma was founded at Louisiana College in 1968 to recognize outstanding students in the field of foreign languages. Members must have earned an A in at least one foreign language course and have at least a 3.0 GPA. This year the Alpha Mu Gamma presented two awards: Leah Marshall received the Alpha Mu Gamma Senior Award, and the newly elected president Lauren Carriere was presented the Alpha Mu Gamma Award.