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 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 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.

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What students are saying:

“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 

Degree requirements

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 credits

  • ENG2215 – Writer's Style – 2 credits
  • ENG2216 – Writing of Poetry – 2 credits
  • ENG2217 – Writing of Fiction – 2 credits
  • ENG3246 – Writing for Organizations – 2 credits
  • ENG4435 – Writing Theory and Ethics (WCE)*
  • LTH4155 – Literary Theory (WCE)*
  • LIT2105 – Literary Studies – 4 credits
  • LIT3125 – Survey of American Literature – 4 credits
  • LIT4146 – Classic Literature: Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance – 4 credits

Select one of the following:

  • ENG2226 – Introduction to Linguistics – 4 credits
  • ENG3125 – Advanced English Grammar: Syntax – 4 credits

Select one of the following:

  • LIT3231 – Survey of British Literature I – 4 credits
  • LIT3232 – Survey of British Literature II – 4 credits

Select 4 credits of the following:

  • LIT3136 – Shakespeare – 2 credits
  • LIT3137 – Chaucer – 2 credits
  • LIT3138 – Milton – 2 credits

Select 6–8 credits of the following:

  • ENG2235 – Editing and Proofreading – 2 credits
  • ENG2256 – Advanced Writing of Poetry – 2 credits
  • ENG2257 – Advanced Writing of Fiction – 2 credits
  • ENG3210 – Christianity and Writing – 2 credits
  • ENG3219 – Autobiographical Writing – 2 credits
  • ENG3245 – Writing for Magazines – 2 credits
  • ENG3247 – Technical Writing – 2 credits
  • ENG3248 – Grant Writing – 2 credits
  • ENG3249 – Social Media Marketing – 2 credits
  • ENG3315 – Online Help Authoring – 2 credits
  • ENG3316 – Freelance Copywriting – 2 credits
  • ENG3625 – Advanced Writers Workshop – 2 credits
  • ENG3805 – Writing Topics – 2 credits
  • ENG4995 – Professional Experience – 1–4 credits

Select one of the following:

  • LIT4225 – Studies in American Literature – 4 credits
  • LIT4235 – Studies in European Literature – 4 credits

Select one of the following:

  • ENG4855 – Senior Capstone: Creative Writing (OCE)* – 2 credits
  • ENG4858 – Senior Capstone: Professional Writing (OCE)* – 2 credits
  • LIT4859 – Senior Capstone: Literature (OCE)* – 2 credits

English Electives – 4–6 credits

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

*WCE= Written Communication Emphasis; OCE = Oral Communication Emphasis. See the catalog for explanation and prerequisites.