Acquire a wide array of writing skills—fiction and nonfiction, creative and professional—to prepare you for careers in journalism, business, and the arts.

Approach the craft of writing from many angles—the process of composition, the goal of your writing, and the many genres and forms it can take. Combine great literature courses with specialized writing courses and get a major that will help you become a versatile artist. Learn to write for magazines, the web, newspapers, books, and more. Experienced, award-winning professors will serve as mentors as you hone your craft. You’ll discover how writing can convey ideas, evoke real beauty, and become a means of discovering truth about God and the world.

Student involvement

Study abroad in England, Hungary, Ghana, or New England. Participate in department-wide retreats. Write for our student publications, Chimes and Dialogue. Volunteer for the Festival of Faith and Writing student committee. Apply to be a Hudson-Townsend Fellow for the Calvin Center for Faith and Writing.

Course Requirements 2014-2015

(36 semester hours)

  • ENGL-295 Introduction to Studies in English
  • ENGL-260 The Craft of Writing
  • One from Language/Writing:
  • Two from Creative Writing:
  • ENGL-360 Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL-362 Creative Writing (poetry) or
  • ENGL-362 Creative Writing (fiction)
    • (may take both fiction and poetry)
  • ENGL-365 Writing in Digital Environments
  • One from Statistical Analysis:
    • ENGL-261 Academic and Professional Writing
    • ENGL-373 Stylistics and Discourse Analysis
    • or the editing interim
  • One from Literature:
    • ENGL-200 Literature in a Global Context
    • ENGL-202 Russian Literature
    • ENGL-212 Survey of British Literature I
    • ENGL-295 Introduction to Studies in English
    • ENGL-213 Survey of British Literature II
    • ENGL-214 Survey of British Literature III
    • ENGL-220 Survey of American Literature I
    • ENGL-221 Survey of American Literature II
    • ENGL-225 African American Literature
    • ENGL-226 Ethnicity in American Literature
    • ENGL-230 Understanding Literature
    • ENGL-234 Gender and Literature
    • ENGL-238 Film as a Narrative Art
    • ENGL-300 Advanced World Literature
    • ENGL-310 British Literature of the Middle Ages
    • ENGL-312 British Literature of the Renaissance and Reformation
    • ENGL-313 British Literature of the Eighteenth Century
    • ENGL-314 British Literature of the Early Nineteenth Century
    • ENGL-315 British Literature of the Middle and Later Nineteenth Century
    • ENGL-316 British Modernism
    • ENGL-317 Contemporary British and Commonwealth Literature
    • ENGL-320 Literature of the United States I: Settlement to Civil War
    • ENGL-321 Literature of the United States II: Civil War to Great Depression
    • ENGL-322 Literature of the United States III: World War II to Present
    • ENGL-332 The Novel
    • ENGL-333 Poetry
    • ENGL-334 Drama
    • ENGL-335 Genre Study
    • ENGL-337 Major Authors
    • ENGL-338 Shakespeare
    • ENGL-340 Children's Literature
    • ENGL-341 Adolescent Literature
  • One from Advanced British/American Literature:
    • ENGL-310 British Literature of the Middle Ages
    • ENGL-312 British Literature of the Renaissance and Reformation
    • ENGL-313 British Literature of the Eighteenth Century
    • ENGL-314 British Literature of the Early Nineteenth Century
    • ENGL-315 British Literature of the Middle and Later Nineteenth Century
    • ENGL-316 British Modernism
    • ENGL-317 Contemporary British and Commonwealth Literature
    • ENGL-320 Literature of the United States I: Settlement to Civil War
    • ENGL-321 Literature of the United States II: Civil War to Great Depression
    • ENGL-322 Literature of the United States III: World War II to Present
    • ENGL-337 Major Authors
    • ENGL-338 Shakespeare
  • One from Language/Literature:
    • ENGL-300 Advanced World Literature
    • ENGL-310 British Literature of the Middle Ages
    • ENGL-312 British Literature of the Renaissance and Reformation
    • ENGL-313 British Literature of the Eighteenth Century
    • ENGL-314 British Literature of the Early Nineteenth Century
    • ENGL-315 British Literature of the Middle and Later Nineteenth Century
    • ENGL-316 British Modernism
    • ENGL-317 Contemporary British and Commonwealth Literature
    • ENGL-320 Literature of the United States I: Settlement to Civil War
    • ENGL-321 Literature of the United States II: Civil War to Great Depression
    • ENGL-322 Literature of the United States III: World War II to Present
    • ENGL-332 The Novel
    • ENGL-333 Poetry
    • ENGL-334 Drama
    • ENGL-335 Genre Study
    • ENGL-337 Major Authors
    • ENGL-338 Shakespeare
    • ENGL-340 Children's Literature
    • ENGL-341 Adolescent Literature
    • ENGL-370 Linguistics
    • ENGL-371 History of the English Language
    • ENGL-372 Sociolinguistics and Issues in Language Education
    • ENGL-373 Stylistics and Discourse Analysis
    • ENGL-374 English Grammar
    • ENGL-375 Grammar for Teachers of ESL
  • One from Rhetoric/Literature:
    • ENGL-300 Advanced World Literature
    • ENGL-310 British Literature of the Middle Ages
    • ENGL-312 British Literature of the Renaissance and Reformation
    • ENGL-313 British Literature of the Eighteenth Century
    • ENGL-314 British Literature of the Early Nineteenth Century
    • ENGL-315 British Literature of the Middle and Later Nineteenth Century
    • ENGL-316 British Modernism
    • ENGL-317 Contemporary British and Commonwealth Literature
    • ENGL-320 Literature of the United States I: Settlement to Civil War
    • ENGL-321 Literature of the United States II: Civil War to Great Depression
    • ENGL-322 Literature of the United States III: World War II to Present
    • ENGL-332 The Novel
    • ENGL-333 Poetry
    • ENGL-334 Drama
    • ENGL-335 Genre Study
    • ENGL-337 Major Authors
    • ENGL-338 Shakespeare
    • ENGL-340 Children's Literature
    • ENGL-341 Adolescent Literature
    • CAS-200 Advanced Oral Rhetoric
    • CAS-211 Argumentation and Advocacy
    • CAS-305 Persuasion and Propaganda
    • CAS-318 American Politics and Mass Media
    • CAS-327 Rhetorical Criticism
  • One from Experiential Studies:
  • ENGL-395 Senior Seminar
  • Only one interim may count toward the major.

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