The English department faculty invites students who love stories, words, and writing to consider one of our majors: Literature, English Teaching or Writing and Rhetoric.
The Literature major provides a substantial background in the history of British, American, and world literature, literary theory, and cultural studies. It can easily be combined with other majors and minors, and is compatible with off-campus and study abroad programs. This major provides excellent preparation for graduate study in literary or cultural studies.
Students who want to teach English will complete an English education major and take classes in Northwestern’s NCATE-accredited education department. They will graduate ready to be licensed to teach secondary English in almost every state. Students can complete the program in four years.
Our interdisciplinary major in Writing and Rhetoric must be paired with a minor or an additional major in another discipline. The combination prepares students to pursue goals such as business writing, environmental writing, technical writing, or graduate study. Students interested in creative writing can tailor a Writing and Rhetoric major to include study in poetry, fiction, narrative nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.