Department of English & Literature

Why study English at University of Northwestern?

Join a community focused on spiritual formation of your mind and heart.

  • Cutting-edge literary scholars who apply classic texts cross-culturally or research literary history through primary source documents.

  • Published creative writing faculty with graduate-level feedback on student work

  • Professional writing classes and internships leading to jobs after college

  • For linguistics, a summer at SIL, the academic arm of Wycliffe Bible Translators 

What will be your focus?

An English Major with a concentration in

Or one of two associated majors with another department


This could be you in four years...

Our graduates are chosen by companies who want to add excellence to their work culture. Here's where they are now:

  • Technical Writer, Boston Scientific
  • Assistant Editor, Bethany House Publishing
  • Grant Writer, Salvation Army
  • Linguist/translator, Wycliffe Bible Translator, Papua New Guinea.
  • Editorial Assistant, Quayside Publishing Group
  • Procedure Writer, Pearson VUE
  • Communications Coordinator, Southern Minn. Initiative Foundation
  • Reference and Instruction Librarian, Bethel University
  • Administrative Assistant, Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics


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"When you become an English major at Northwestern, you join a community of scholars passionate about words. You will experience spiritual formation as your professors challenge your mind with a rigorous biblical approach and your heart with their own faith. Along with deepening as creative and critical thinkers, you'll have the opportunity to take professional courses for career preparation."

Heather Walker Peterson, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of English & Literature
Assistant Professor of English


Study Abroad

As an English major, incorporate a semester or summer abroad into your studies.


Check out our study abroad programs