English Major

Where Literature and Life Intersect

Language is a powerful tool. We use it everyday to communicate with each other, to express ourselves, to make sense of the world around us. Northwest University's English program can help you harness the power of the written and spoken word to develop skills that you will use for the rest of your life, no matter what your career path. You'll study literature, poetry, and drama from around the world, exploring different perspectives and worldviews while challenging your own.

Alumni Story

"Every professor within the department cares about their students. Not only did they push me in my academics, they talked with me, gave guidance, and ideas for where to move on professionally. The fact that they care about their students shows. I don't think I'd be the editor and writer I am today without them."

Chuck Steinhilber

– Chuck Steinhilber

Editor at Expedia

Why English at NU?

  • Choose from three different concentrations: Literature, Writing, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
  • Benefit from small class sizes, which allow one-on-one time with professors and a personalized learning experience.
  • Develop valuable communication skills that are highly sought-after in the workplace.
  • Learn both critical and creative writing, as well as public speaking skills, from professors who are accomplished in their fields, which range from publishing, to research, to literary analysis, and more.
  • Engage your faith through studying world literature and other religious and cultural traditions.
  • Join Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.

Internship Opportunities

  • Pacific Northwest Writers Association
  • Seattle Magazine
  • Relevant Magazine
  • Gig Harbor History Museum
  • Northwest University Marketing Department

Common Career Paths

  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Publishing
  • Teaching
  • Law
  • Non-Profit

A degree from NU can help launch your career immediately after graduation. Some of the career paths you can take with a degree in English include:

Word from the English Department

Dr. Martha Diede

Dr. Martha Diede

Professor & Chair of the English Department

"Majoring in English is the best choice you can make for your personal and career future. As more organizations seek people who can communicate clearly—both verbally and in writing—the number of places your English degree can take you will only grow. Because the English degree also teaches you to think, to reason, and to read, you are fully prepared with enviable skills to work in a competitive, global environment."

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Course Listings

A complete list of courses for the English Major can be found in the Academic Catalog »

Academic Catalog

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