Well we are adding another “TOP” to our list, there are many “top lists” and we think Creoles and Cajuns deserve some “top lists” also! In saying that, we have compiled a list of the top universities and colleges for Creole and Cajun students. We kept the list simple and only looked for a few things to help ensure a stronger list of universities for Creoles & Cajuns.
What we looked for…
1) Universities that have some sort of Cajun/Creole studies program
2) Universities that are known to have a population of Cajun/Creole students
3) Universities that are culturally diverse, that will encourage Cajun/Creole students to celebrate their heritage in a diverse setting
*some universities may or may not have all 3 listed above*
Our Top Choices
LSU: (Louisiana State University)
Chosen because of its location in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and dedication to the local culture.
Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College (most often referred to as Louisiana State University orLSU) is a public coeducational university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The University was founded in 1853 in what is now known as Pineville, Louisiana, under the name Louisiana State Seminary of Learning & Military Academy. The current LSU main campus was dedicated in 1926, and consists of more than 250 buildings constructed in the style of Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, and occupies a 650-acre (2.6 km²) plateau on the banks of the Mississippi River.
LSU is the flagship institution of the Louisiana State University System, and the largest institution of higher education in Louisiana in terms of student enrollment. In 2011, the University enrolled nearly 24,000 undergraduate and over 5,000 graduate students in 14 schools and colleges. Several of LSU’s graduate schools, such as the E.J. Ourso College of Business and the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, have received national recognition in their respective fields of study.
Chancellor: F. King Alexander (Source: Wikipedia)
ULL: (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
Chosen because of its location in Lafayette, Louisiana and dedication to the local culture.
*Creole/Cajun studies available*
University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a coeducational, public, research university located in Lafayette, in the U.S. state of Louisiana. It has the largest enrollment within the nine-campus University of Louisiana System and has the second largest enrollment in Louisiana.
President: E. Joseph Savoie (Source: Wikipedia)
NSU (Northwest State University):
Chosen because of its location in Natchitoches, Louisiana and dedication to the local culture (Creole Heritage Center)
NSU was founded in 1884 as the Louisiana State Normal School. It was the first school in Louisiana to offer degree programs in nursing and business education.
Chancellor: Randall Webb (Source: Wikipedia)
Chosen because of its location in New Orleans and dedication to the local culture.
“Students at Tulane have unique opportunities for exploring the French, Creole and Cajun cultures of Louisiana. Our location affords us a privileged vantage point from which to observe other situations of localized or marginalized languages and cultures in their relationship to broader, often hegemonic forces: France’s regional languages (Occitan, Breton, Alsatian, etc.) in conflict with the official language revered as an inviolable symbol of national unity; immigrant cultural practices (such as the wearing of the veil) in conflict with French cultural norms; creole languages stigmatized as corrupt forms of the standard, etc. In our various fields of research, a focus on the local provides both a revealing lens through which to view the global and a healthy check on universalizing theories of culture and language.”
President: Michael Fitts (Source: Tulane)
Chosen because of it’s Creole Institute
The Creole Institute at Indiana University is recognized as the only center in the United States that is equipped to deal in depth with linguistic and related educational issues in Haiti . It specializes in research and training in the area of applied linguistics with a focus on French-based creoles. The Institute is also heavily involved in the study of French outside of France , especially varieties found in North America with special reference to Louisiana .
President: Michael McRobbie (Source: Indiana Univ)
Southern University Baton Rouge:
Historically black college located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Baton Rouge campus is located on Scott’s Bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in the northern section of the City of Baton Rouge. The campus encompasses 512 acres, with an agricultural experimental station on an additional 372-acre site, located five miles north of the main campus. The University is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
Chancellor: James Llorens (Source: Wikipedia)
Chosen because of its location in New Orleans and the first and only black Catholic HBCU, many Creoles are Catholic and this is an added bonus.
Located in New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana was established in 1925 when St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament founded the coeducational secondary school from which it evolved. Drexel, supported by the interest of a substantial inheritance from her father, banker-financier Francis Drexel, founded and staffed many institutions throughout the United States in an effort to help educate Native Americans and African Americans.
Aware of the serious lack of Catholic-oriented education available to young Blacks in the South, St. Katharine came to New Orleans and established a high school on the site previously occupied by Southern University. The High School continues on today as Xavier University Preparatory School, also known as Xavier Prep. A Normal School, offering one of the few career fields (teaching) open to Blacks at the time, was added two years later. In 1925 Xavier University became a reality when the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences was established. The first degrees were awarded three years later. In 1927, a College of Pharmacy was opened.
President: Norman Francis (Source: Wikipedia)
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