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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 graduates have the confidence and skills necessary to succeed as professionals in almost any field.

Academic programs

Northwestern’s English department offers study options in English teaching, literature, and writing and rhetoric. 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 writers 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


Amie has indulged her love of reading and writing since childhood. When her mom wasn’t reading stories to her, Amie was making up her own. She dreams of becoming a published author someday.

Amie's story

Writing his own success story

After earning a degree in writing and rhetoric with a minor in journalism from Northwestern, Thomas worked as a sportswriter for a local newspaper before he was picked up by MassLive.com, the second largest online news outlet in New England.

Thomas's story

Head of the class

Chris White 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