The Department of English approaches the study of literature and the craft of writing from a Christian perspective that recognizes faith as integral to all learning. We value language as created by God and words as the medium through which we best understand the human experience.
Students have their choice of 4 different majors ranging from English literature, to journalism, to education. Through all majors, students can expect to be challenged, to read works from classic to contemporary, and to discern what it means to be a Christian reader and writer in a world that demands excellence.
Our professors design classes that connect students to what they’re learning. Whether they’re enacting a Shakespeare scene or reading The Giver with an eighth grader from a local school, students engage in work that they love. And we keep classes small—usually between 8 and 20 students—to make space for lively discussion and participation.
We also place a high priority in getting off campus to experience the vibrant literary community in the Twin Cities and beyond. For example, in April, several of our students and faculty members attend and present at The Festival of Faith and Writing in Grand Rapids, Mich. This 4-day conference brings together some of the finest writers in the world who are exploring questions of faith.
Our most important off-campus opportunity is England Term—a semester of traveling through England, Ireland, and Scotland. There is nothing like reading Wordsworth when you’re sitting in his cottage in the Lake District, or reading The Dubliners while you walk the streets of Dublin! With our newest program, The New York Program in Writing, students take off for New York City where they experience working in news, creative writing, and publishing industries.