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.
of seniors feel well prepared for their first job in the field
of seniors feel faculty set high, clearly stated expectations
of seniors feel prepared to integrate their faith with their academic field
Why study English with a concentration in literature and writing at Northwestern?
You can learn from literary scholars who apply classic texts cross-culturally and research literary history through primary source documents. You'll work with published creative writing faculty who will provide graduate-level feedback on your work. We offer professional writing classes and internships that can lead to jobs after college.
Northwestern partners with Best Semester to provide you with the opportunity to study in Oxford. You may also travel to places like the British Isles for a summer or spring break trip.
You can attend writers’ readings in venues off campus such as Minnesota’s literary center, The Loft, or hear from special speakers at venues such as the University of Minnesota. Join the editorial staff of Inkstone, Northwestern's literary magazine and attend the Northwestern Christian Writer’s Conference.
As an English major, you’ll be able to assist professors, tutor students in writing at the ALPHA Center, and participate in internships by writing promotional media for the department or with Northwestern’s grant writer.
Off campus, students have interned with Bethany House Publishers, Minnesota Public Radio, and Redleaf Press. Other internships emphasize literary outreach in Twin Cities organizations.
Our alumni are accepted into graduate programs across the nation: Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, University of Saint Thomas, University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Arizona, Hollins, the University of Virginia, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.
If you enjoy reading and writing, have a passion for literature, and are interested in a career with various writing possibilities, this might be the right degree for you.
What will you learn?
You will learn to analyze literature, think critically, and develop effective written and verbal communication skills.
Some classes include:
- American Literature
- British Literature
- Writer’s Style
- Writing of Poetry
- Writing for Organizations
I did indeed feel prepared for graduate school. I was able to workshop creative writing and analyze literature better than a lot of my peers and had much more practical experience.
Meet your professors
Professors at Northwestern are focused on their students first. Our faculty include experts in their respective fields who want to help you grow in your faith while you earn your degree.
Meet the entire department