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Department of English & Literature

In the Department of English & Literature, we celebrate the power of words and their capacity to influence our lives and our world. Our desire is to ignite students’ love of words through the study of literature, writing, and linguistics and to honor Christ as the foundation for our teaching and learning.

About the Department

The Department of English & Literature encourages students to grow intellectually and spiritually by empowering them to discern significant ideas in their reading, to compose meaningful texts, to conduct scholarly and field research, and to understand and apply linguistic principles. As they synthesize their faith with their discipline, students are prepared to succeed as scholars, writers, teachers, and communicators and to enjoy a lifelong relationship with words.
When I entered my master’s program, I found that I was more prepared than my peers, largely due to the foundation I received in classes. The senior capstone project… more than prepared me for the workload and research skills I needed for grad school classes and even my master’s thesis. Several of my graduate school professors commented on how well prepared I was for graduate-level work, and more than one of my classmates said, 'I wish I went to Northwestern!' when hearing about my undergraduate experience.
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    English & Literature Student Opportunities


    Explore ways to enrich your academic experience in the Department of English and Literature, including events, internships, and study abroad opportunities.

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  • Honor Society


    Are you eligible for membership in Northwestern's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta?

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    Inkstone Literary Magazine


    Poetry, short stories, personal essays, and art work by current students are eligible for submission in our student-run literary arts magazine.

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    Career Opportunities


    Wondering what you can do with an English major? Here's a list of the top ten jobs you can get.

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Majors and Programs

The Department of English & Literature offers a degree in English with the following concentrations: Linguistics, Literature, Writing, and Literature & Writing. This degree along with the program concentrations prepares you for further graduate study and careers working in various industries.

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