Grow in your passion for Christ as you study Scripture and analyze literature from around the world. Led by Christian literary scholars, you’ll hone your research, close analysis, and writing skills. The English major with a concentration in literature prepares you to analyze and write about American, British, classical, and multicultural literature. Electives allow students to focus on specific authors, genres, periods, and themes. The senior capstone course in literature will equip you to research and write about a topic of your choice and prepare for postgraduate options.
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Why study English with a concentration in literature at Northwestern?
You can learn from literary scholars who apply classic texts cross-culturally and research literary history through primary source documents. You’ll receive personal attention and feedback from your professors, including the opportunity to conduct research with them.
You can attend writers’ readings in venues off campus such as Minnesota’s literary center, The Loft, or hear from special speakers at venues such as the University of Minnesota.
While engaging contemporary and multicultural literature, you’ll focus on the traditional Western Canon. You’ll have passionate discussions in class on works such as Homer’s Odyssey, the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, the prose of John Henry Newman, or the works of Shakespeare.
Attend with your professors the annual Shakespeare play at Minneapolis’s world-renowned Guthrie Theater, and play word games each winter at the home of Dr. Jones.
Northwestern partners with Best Semester to provide you with the opportunity to study in Oxford. You may also travel to places like the British Isles for a summer or spring break trip.
As an English major, you’ll be able to assist professors, tutor writing to students in the ALPHA Center, and participate in internships that emphasize literary outreach in Twin Cities organizations.
Our alumni are accepted into graduate programs across the nation: Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, University of Saint Thomas, University of Minnesota-Duluth, and University of Arizona.
If you enjoy reading and writing and have a passion for text, this might be the right degree for you.
What will you learn?
You will learn to analyze literature, think critically, and develop effective written and verbal communication skills.
Some classes include:
- Epic Literature
- Literary Studies
- American Literature
- British Literature
The Northwestern English Department prepared me incredibly well for graduate school. I’m familiar with nearly every author and title on the syllabus in each class….Thanks to the projects and discussions in the thought-provoking courses I took, I now feel comfortable analyzing texts, writing papers, and presenting my ideas at the graduate level.
Meet your professors
Professors at Northwestern are focused on their students first. Our faculty include experts in their respective fields who want to help you grow in your faith while you earn your degree.
Meet the entire department