Department of English & Literature

Enjoy a lifelong relationship with words.


Why study at University of Northwestern?

We celebrate the power of words and their capacity to influence our lives and our world. Our desire is to ignite your love of words through the study of literature, writing, and linguistics and to honor Christ as the foundation for our teaching and learning.

We spiritually and intellectually empower our students by teaching them to discover significance in their reading, to compose meaningful texts, to conduct scholarly and field research and to understand and apply linguistic principles. 

What will be your focus?

An English Major with a Concentration in

Or a joint major with another department

This could be you in four years...

Our graduates are chosen by companies who want to add excellence to their work culture. Here's where they are now: Technical Writer, Boston Scientific; Assistant Editor, Bethany House Publishing; Grant Writer, Salvation Army; Linguist/translator, Wycliffe Bible Translator, Papua New Guinea.


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"Make a life as well as a living..."

“Become the Christian that God is calling you to be as you study literature, writing, and linguistics from a biblical perspective. Create your own texts to shape the world and to serve God. Using the thinking, writing, and speaking skills learned in this department, you will be preparing yourself for a wide range of professions and ministries.”

Helen Aling, Ph.D.Professor of English, Chair, Department of English & Literature

Study Abroad

As an English major, incorporate a semester or summer abroad into your studies.

"The autonomous format [of Oxford's tutorials] let me engage in unique co-curricular opportunities such as a vast selection of seminars and athletic clubs, local exploration and lively discussions with like-minded housemates, and sublime delves into Oxford’s gorgeous and mammoth libraries."

Adam, alum concentrating in literature who enrolled in the Oxford BestSemester program

"Though I didn't study English in my particular program, the different locations were stunning and continue to fuel and inspire my writing a year later."

Sarah, student concentrating in literature and writing, who studied at Saints Bible Institute in San Lorenzo, Italy

Check out UNW's study abroad programs.