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Department of English & Literature
English—Writing Concentration
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Department of English & Literature

English—Writing Concentration

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Led by professors who are Christian writers, you’ll build a portfolio of creative and professional texts. Gain a deeper appreciation for literature through the lens of your faith. The English major with a concentration in writing prepares you to pursue graduate work in English, as well as careers in fields such as technical writing, publishing, and freelancing. Electives allow you to pursue the types of writing that interest you the most.


of seniors view the faculty as available and accessible


of seniors feel well prepared for their first job in the field


of seniors say their major integrates biblical perspectives

Why study English with a concentration in writing at Northwestern?

You'll work with published creative writing faculty who will provide graduate-level feedback on your work. You’ll learn from professional writing faculty experienced in their field.

You can join the editorial staff of Inkstone, Northwestern's literary magazine and attend the Northwestern Christian Writer’s Conference.

As an English major, you’ll be able to assist professors, tutor writing to students in the Writing Center, and participate in internships by writing promotional media for the department or with Northwestern’s grant writer. Off campus, students have interned with Bethany House Publishers, Minnesota Public Radio, and Redleaf Press.

Our alumni are accepted into graduate programs across the nation: Hollins, the University of Virginia, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.

If you enjoy reading and writing, have a passion for words, and are interested in a career with various writing possibilities,this might be the right degree for you.

What will you learn?

You will learn to analyze, think critically, and develop effective written and verbal communication skills.

Some classes include:

  • Writer’s Style
  • Writing of Poetry
  • Writing of Fiction
  • Writing for Organizations
  • Technical Writing
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My degree has been a springboard, launching me into a career in technical writing. The skills and knowledge I gained as a student are tools that I still rely on today, and the knowledge base built during my college years has been a solid foundation, enabling me to specialize in the medical industry.

Careers in writing

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in English with a concentration in writing.

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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

Heather Walker Peterson, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of English and Literature
Associate Professor of...

Heather Walker Peterson is interested in the ways in which language, written and spoken, influence spiritual...

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Judith Hougen, MFA

Professor of English

Judy Hougen has been teaching at UNW since 1993. She believes learning happens best in community and wants...

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