Literature & Writing Concentration (B.A./B.S.)

Why concentrate in literature and writing?

Study the works of the Western Canon—without overlooking contemporary and multicultural literature—and hone your writing skills both creatively and professionally with experienced writers.

Enjoy events with your professors such as the Inkstone Reading Series set in the intimate Patsy Miller Studio Theater where we invite in a local writer for a reading and questions.

Literature & Writing Concentration Requirements

The literature and writing concentration prepares students to pursue graduate work in English, as well as careers in fields such as the ministry, law, business, teaching, technical writing, publishing, and freelancing. In the literature and writing concentration, students sharpen their critical thinking, reading, and writing skills as they analyze and write about literary texts and as they engage in three primary genres of writing: creative, expository, and technical. Options within the required course offerings allow students to pursue areas that most interest them. Students choose between a literature or writing emphasis for their capstone courses. The degree is granted upon completion of 125 credits as specified on pages 42–43 (40 credits must be in 3000- or 4000-level courses).

  • Literature requirement in core curriculum must include 4 credits from the following: LIT2118, LIT2156, LIT2157 and LIT3145.
  • Biblical Worldview & Academic Disciplines requirement in core curriculum must include ENG4435 [WCE] or LTH4155 [WCE].
  • B.A. option requires achieving 1002-level competency in an approved foreign language. See the catalog.

Required Courses

46–48 cr
ENG2215Writer's Style2
ENG2216Writing of Poetry2
ENG2217Writing of Fiction2
ENG3246Writing for Organizations2
Writing Theory and Ethics [WCE]

Literary Theory [WCE]
See Academic Disciplines requirement above.
LIT2105Literary Studies4
LIT3125Survey of American Literature4
LIT4146Classic Literature: Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance4
Select one of the following:
ENG2226Introduction to Linguistics4
ENG3125Advanced English Grammar: Syntax4
Select one of the following:
LIT3231Survey of British Literature I4
LIT3232Survey of British Literature II4
Select four credits of the following:
Select 6–8 credits of the following:
ENG2235Editing and Proofreading2
ENG2256Advanced Writing of Poetry2
ENG2257Advanced Writing of Fiction2
ENG3210Christianity and Writing2
ENG3219Autobiographical Writing2
ENG3245Writing for Magazines2
ENG3247Technical Writing2
ENG3248Grant Writing2
ENG3315Online Help Authoring2
ENG3316Freelance Copywriting2
ENG3625Advanced Writers Workshop2
ENG3805Writing Topics2
ENG4995Professional Experience1–4
Select one of the following:
LIT4225Studies in American Literature4
LIT4235Studies in European Literature4
Select one of the following:
ENG4855Senior Capstone: Creative Writing [OCE] 2
ENG4858Senior Capstone: Professional Writing [OCE] 2
LIT4859Senior Capstone: Literature [OCE]2

English Electives

4–6 cr
Select from courses with ENG, LIT or LTH prefix. (ENG1105, 1825, 2205 and 2825 are not options.)


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“The Northwestern English Department prepared me incredibly well for graduate school. I’m familiar with nearly every author and title on the syllabus in each class... .

"Thanks to the projects and discussions in the thought-provoking courses I took, I now feel comfortable analyzing texts, writing papers, and presenting my ideas at the graduate level."


Elyse, alum who concentrated on literature and writing