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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 teaching graduates have the confidence and skills necessary to succeed in their future classrooms and beyond.

Academic programs

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

Madelynn Harre

Words of the world

Madelynn Harre is an English teaching major with a heart for words and exploring God’s world. She appreciates how her English courses have widened her perspective on diverse cultural backgrounds.

Madelynn's story

Schuyler Fynaardt

Teaching with love

A high school English teacher, Schuyler views her work as an opportunity to teach students that their lives and their stories matter.

Schuyler's story

Victor Mena

Growth mindset

A high school language arts teacher, Victor teaches a variety of English and writing courses.

Victor's story

Chris White

Head of the class

Chris 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