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.
Northwestern’s English department offers an English teaching (secondary education) major. Northwestern is one of only five Iowa colleges and universities to offer an accredited endorsement for all language arts courses taught in grades 5-12, which means you'll be equipped to teach in any English-related field (speech, writing, literature, theatre and journalism). 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
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