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University of Northwestern offers over 60 undergraduate majors, as well as challenging dual-degree programs, interdisciplinary majors that cross traditional departmental boundaries, and certificates and concentrations to enhance your degree.

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English Minor

  • Minor

The English minor involves courses in English, literature, linguistics, and literary theory to provide a breadth of knowledge for students interested in the English language.

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English—Linguistics Concentration

  • Bachelor of Arts

Explore the intricacies of language, a major component of being made in the image of God. Apply these skills to learning from ancient texts or reaching out to those who speak contemporary languages. The English major with a concentration in linguistics prepares you to pursue graduate work in linguistics, as well as careers in fields such as intercultural studies, translation, anthropology, and comparative studies. Electives allow you to pursue sub-fields that interest you. The senior capstone linguistics course will equip you to pursue primary research.

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English—Literature & Writing Concentration

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts

Learn to critique literary texts in three primary genres: creative, expository, and technical. Build a portfolio of both creative and professional writing texts while you sharpen your research and writing abilities. The English major with a concentration in literature and writing prepares you to pursue graduate work in English, as well as careers in fields such as ministry, law, business, teaching, technical writing, publishing, and freelancing. Options within the required course offerings allow you to pursue areas that interest you the most. You can choose between a literature or writing emphasis for your capstone project.

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English—Literature Concentration

  • Bachelor of Arts

Grow in your passion for Christ as you study Scripture and analyze literature from around the world. Led by Christian literary scholars, you’ll hone your research, close analysis, and writing skills. The English major with a concentration in literature prepares you to analyze and write about American, British, classical, and multicultural literature. Electives allow students to focus on specific authors, genres, periods, and themes. The senior capstone course in literature will equip you to research and write about a topic of your choice and prepare for postgraduate options.

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English—Writing Concentration

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts

Led by professors who are Christian writers, you’ll build a portfolio of creative and professional texts. Gain a deeper appreciation for literature through the lens of your faith. The English major with a concentration in writing prepares you to pursue graduate work in English, as well as careers in fields such as technical writing, publishing, and freelancing. Electives allow you to pursue the types of writing that interest you the most. The senior capstone course in writing will enable you to complete a portfolio of your work.

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Entrepreneurship Minor

  • Minor

Designed for students who are planning to start or manage a small business or start-up. The entrepreneurship minor provides a sampling of courses in accounting, finance, management, marketing, and entrepreneurship.

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Environmental Science and Business

  • Bachelor of Science

Work with biology and business experts to discover how to make a positive impact on God’s creation while making responsible business decisions in a corporate setting. The environmental science and business program prepares you for a career in environmental resource management in an organization that is focused on environmental concerns related to its business practices. This degree lays the foundation for careers in government, business, or environmental industries.

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Environmental Science Minor

  • Minor

The environmental science minor provides you with added training in the environmental sciences that can be tailored to your needs and professional goals. You can study a variety of courses that would give you a wide understanding of the natural and social systems and how they interact. This minor pairs well with the following disciplines: education, psychology, biology, biochemistry, and other similar disciplines. This minor is very flexible and will provide you with valuable knowledge and experience in environmental studies.

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Event Planning Minor

  • Minor

The event planning minor involves hands-on experiences on and off campus, as well as events-specific knowledge and training for students, and it provides a credential that is offered at very few schools across the nation.

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Finance

  • Bachelor of Science

Learn about economics and business principles while approaching investments from a biblical perspective, recognizing that we are stewards for God's resources. The finance program teaches you about economics, investments, risk analysis, and how to strategize to maximize wealth for individuals and for organizations. This degree prepares you for work in small or large businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, security firms, government agencies, and more.

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Graphic Design

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts

Discover principles of visual communication and practice creative design as an evolving force behind consumer behavior and social causes. Work with Christian faculty who are graphic design experts with real-world experience. The graphic design program provides the techniques, technology, and critical-thinking strategies necessary for the field of design.

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Health Education Minor

  • Minor

Minnesota teacher licensure requirements, which affect the area of health education, require a full health education major for licensure. The courses included in the health education minor will provide fundamental studies but will not fully qualify an individual for teaching licensure in the area of health education.

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Health Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts

At Northwestern, our health sciences students pursue careers in numerous fields tied to health care with most entering graduate programs in occupational or physical therapy or physician assistant. Students will learn, review, and teach together in group settings while participating in advanced internships and working alongside caring faculty. This degree is a solid underpinning to enter the professional world or for graduate study. The health sciences major can prepare students who want to pursue a Master in Nursing, Master in Physician Assistant, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master in Nutrition, or Master in Public Health among other opportunities. This degree lays the foundation for careers in medicine, laboratory research, public health, and other scientific fields.

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History

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts

Learn about the span of world history, from the world of the Bible and church history, all the way through the recent American and 21st-century world, studying under professors who are consulted internationally for their expertise. The history program examines the settings and contexts of some of the most influential events in history, from the ancient world to the present day, and offers a deeper understanding of the Bible and the human experience. This degree lays the foundation for careers in education, law, government, public administration, ministry, business, and many other fields - history majors go in many different career directions!

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History Minor

  • Minor

Discover how history has shaped the world today. The history minor is a great addition for students with other majors. Students can select time periods and topics that are interesting to them.

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Illustration Minor

  • Minor

The illustration minor features principles of art, drawing, etching, screen printing, lithography, digital illustration, figure drawing, and character design to develop a student’s skills in the area of illustration.

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Information Systems

  • Bachelor of Science

Obtain an in-depth understanding of how data and technology work together to drive the business world. The information systems program is designed to give you the tools needed to develop, use, and manage computer-based systems.

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Information Systems Minor

  • Minor

The information systems minor is an introduction to computer systems, including courses on programming, software development, systems design, database management, and computer security.

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Intercultural Studies

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts

Learn to engage and understand different cultural, ethnic, and religious groups for work and ministry, from seasoned Christian faculty who have served overseas. The intercultural studies major was designed to promote the interest and concern of all students for intercultural ministry both in North America and overseas. This degree lays the foundations for you to live and work all around the globe.

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