At Calvin, we believe that all good writing leads to truth. Learn what it means to be a Christian writer through a writing major or minor.

Overview

Combine great literature courses with specialized writing courses and get a major that will help you become a versatile wordsmith. Learn to write for magazines, the Web, newspapers, books, and more. Experienced, award-winning professors will serve as mentors as you hone your craft.

Careers in Writing

  • publisher
  • journalist
  • editor
  • proofreader
  • investigator
  • reporter
  • social media strategist
  • web content strategist
  • paralegal

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Study abroad in England, Hungary, Ghana or New England; Participate in biannual, department-wide retreats; Write or help to coordinate Chimes or Dialogue; Attend the Festival of Faith and Writing; Volunteer to help out with the Festivals of Youth Writing.

Scholarships

New students are automatically considered for general academic scholarships ranging from $1,000-15,000 based on a careful review of their application materials.

For a complete listing of departmental scholarships available to first-year students, use the Scholarship Search ».

Faculty

Donald Hettinga

Donald Hettinga
Professor
Department of English
FA 274
hett@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6520

Lew Klatt

Lew Klatt
Associate Professor
Department of English
FA 296
lsk4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7530

Sara Mulder

Sara Mulder
Department of English
CFAC 275
sjm33@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7830

Debra Rienstra

Debra Rienstra
Professor
Department Chair
Department of English
FA 270
drienstr@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8526

Gary Schmidt

Gary Schmidt
Professor
Department of English
FA 287
schg@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6540

Dean Ward

Dean Ward
Professor
Department of English
FA 269
ward@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6139

Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams
Associate Professor
Department of English
FA 276
jlw28@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8515

Talk to us

Dean Ward Dean Ward
Department Co-Chair
Department of English
FA 269
ward@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6139

Gary Schmidt Gary Schmidt
Department Co-Chair
Department of English
FA 287
schg@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6540

Kristine Johnson Kristine Johnson
Department Co-Chair
Department of English
FA 273
kjohns14@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7828

Admissions

Connect with your counselor via email, phone, or in person. They'd love to hear from you and answer your questions!

Or, ask us your questions on Facebook.

In the fall and spring our counselors travel throughout the world to meet with students—see if they'll be in your area!

Teach This

Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Writing as a:

Calvin's teacher education program also contains education-specific course requirements that you must complete prior to certification. See course requirements for:

Professor Robert Keeley talks about the education program.

Learn More

Explore Calvin's teacher education program.

Contact Karen Saupe for more information about teacher certification in English

Read the teacher education guidebook for more detailed information about certification.

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