Welcome to the English Department!

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Why English?

The English Department invites you to furnish your mind with beauty. By studying writing and literature, you will participate in a soul-building experience. You will read widely, think deeply, and write both creatively and critically. In English courses at Northwest University, you will study texts that have shaped Western culture as well as texts that challenge that culture—and you will add your voice to the conversation.

Graduates from our English program land teaching jobs at all levels both in the U.S. and abroad; publish poems, essays, and fiction; earn graduate degrees from top programs; serve as pastors and missionaries; and work for high tech companies such as Microsoft, Expedia, and Google.

English Concentrations

At Northwest University, students of English may concentrate in either literature, writing, or TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).


Students who choose the literature concentration explore literary works born out of a range of cultural contexts. Classes like African American Literature and The Legacy of C.S. Lewis familiarize students with both widely-celebrated and lesser known texts as well as interpretive methods that equip them to engage meaningfully with what they read.


Featuring courses in creative writing, journalism, professional editing, and more, the writing concentration pushes students to develop their writing skills in a variety of genres. Students who concentrate in writing also work as tutors, teaching assistants, and interns (opportunities available to all English majors!) over the course of their university experience.


The TESOL concentration gives students a strong foundation in teaching methods. Geared towards teaching English Language  Learners (ELL) in the U.S. or abroad, TESOL courses cover such topics as grammar, testing, literacy, and lesson planning.

How Do I Become an English Major?

To declare as an English major, simply contact the Academic Success and Advising Center (advising@northwestu.edu).

Sigma Tau Delta

Do you enjoy writing, reading, analyzing, or simply talking about literature? Consider joining Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society dedicated to championing all aspects of the English discipline. For more information, click here.

The Writing Center

Struggling with a project? Our tutors are ready to help you through every phase of the writing process. Visit the Writing Center homepage to find our hours, mission, and policy.

For more information about the English Department, contact swenglish@northwestu.edu.