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Do you love words and want to explore 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 teaching graduates have the confidence and skills necessary to succeed in their future classrooms and beyond.

Academic programs

Northwestern’s English department offers an English teaching (secondary education) major. Explore programs


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 poets and novelists as well as specialists in writing pedagogy. Explore faculty

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. Explore opportunities to publish

Schuyler Sterk

Reader, leader

Schuyler says the opportunities she's had to tutor and serve as an English teaching assistant are preparing her for her own classroom.

Schuyler's story

Victor Mena

Growth mindset

A high school language arts teacher, Victor teaches a variety of English and writing courses.

Victor's story

Thomas Westerholm

Writing his own success story

Thomas worked as a sportswriter for an Iowa newspaper before he was picked up by, the second largest online news outlet in New England.

Thomas's story

Chris White

Head of the class

Chris credits his English education at Northwestern for helping him grow from a non-writer and non-speaker into a confident teacher of high school literature.

Chris's story