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 cr
ENG2215 Writer's Style 2
ENG2216 Writing of Poetry 2
ENG2217 Writing of Fiction 2
ENG3246 Writing for Organizations 2
Writing Theory and Ethics [WCE]

Literary Theory [WCE]
See Academic Disciplines requirement above.
LIT2105 Literary Studies 4
LIT3125 Survey of American Literature 4
LIT4146 Classic Literature: Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance 4
Select one of the following:
ENG2226 Introduction to Linguistics 4
ENG3125 Advanced English Grammar: Syntax 4
Select one of the following:
LIT3231 Survey of British Literature I 4
LIT3232 Survey of British Literature II 4
Select four credits of the following:
LIT3136 Shakespeare 2
LIT3137 Chaucer 2
LIT3138 Milton 2
Select 6–8 credits of the following:
ENG2235 Editing and Proofreading 2
ENG2256 Advanced Writing of Poetry 2
ENG2257 Advanced Writing of Fiction 2
ENG3210 Christianity and Writing 2
ENG3219 Autobiographical Writing 2
ENG3245 Writing for Magazines 2
ENG3247 Technical Writing 2
ENG3248 Grant Writing 2
ENG3249 Social Media Marketing 2
ENG3315 Online Help Authoring 2
ENG3316 Freelance Copywriting 2
ENG3625 Advanced Writers Workshop 2
ENG3805 Writing Topics 2
ENG4995 Professional Experience 1–4
Select one of the following:
LIT4225 Studies in American Literature 4
LIT4235 Studies in European Literature 4
Select one of the following:
ENG4855 Senior Capstone: Creative Writing [OCE] 2
ENG4858 Senior Capstone: Professional Writing [OCE] 2
LIT4859 Senior 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.)