Do you love words but wonder what an English degree can do for you? As a Northwestern English major, you will be challenged to read widely, think deeply and write boldly. You will explore God’s gift of language as a powerful means of creating, communicating and clarifying your worldview. You will craft essays, presentations, stories, plays and poems; hone practical analytical and communication skills; and receive advanced training in innovative reading and educational practices. Our English graduates have the confidence and skills necessary to serve and succeed as professionals in almost any field.

Northwestern’s English department offers 3 study options:


Northwestern’s English professors have a wide variety of reading and writing interests and expertise, from poetry-and-prayer to environmental and agricultural literature. The faculty includes published writers as well as specialists in writing pedagogy.

Reading and writing community

Northwestern English majors are a tight-knit community. Close relationships develop through reading the same books and sharing your writing with professors and peers who will offer honest praise and constructive criticism. Small classes invite open, intimate discussion, and faculty members meet with students regularly for individual writing conferences.