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...
We are confident that when you graduate, you will have the skill and experience to pursue the work you love. Our graduates are chosen by companies who want to add excellence and passion to their work culture. Here's where they are now:
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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
As an English major, incorporate a semester or summer abroad into your studies.
"I believe every English major should study abroad during college. I learned more about myself and my writing while in Italy. 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