English

The Department

With language, we communicate, imagine alternate worlds, re-imagine our own, express ideas, and connect with others.  If you have found yourself lost in a book, pulled into a story, or just fascinated by how words work, then a major or minor in IUN’s English Department might be the place for you!  Our professors can help foster your reading skills, sharpen your writing skills, and prep you for a future in graduate school or a wide variety of jobs.  You’ll get to work on learning how to research, read closely, think critically, and understand diverse perspectives. 

We have courses that range from creative writing to professional writing, from British literature to world literature, including courses in Gender Studies, Film Studies, and Japanese literature.  So, no matter if you want to spend time reading Chaucer or Toni Morrison, we have a class for you! 

We offer two tracks, a BA in English, Literature, and a BA in English, Writing, and we offer three minors in English: Writing, Creative Writing, and Literature. We also offer a joint minor with Women's and Gender Studies and an interdepartmental major with Afro-American Studies.

We also offer three online graduate certificates (Composition, Language and Literature, and Literature) and an MA in English as part of IU Online

If you are curious, come talk to any professor, e-mail us, or visit us on Facebook!  

If you would like for one of our students to do an internship with your organization, please let us know by filling out this brief form!

Click here to learn about our Dunes Literary Series!  

Career Opportunities

An English degree is a useful, well-received, and marketable major.  With it, you can go to law school, graduate school in English, work for businesses, or work for government agencies. Popular among our majors are careers in advertising, public relations, professional writing, publishing, law, and teaching. 


Events

Dunes Literary Series: Laird Hunt

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Starts at 6:30 p.m.

Zoom

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A reading by award-winning novelist Laird Hunt, author of eight novels.  If you RSVP, the Zoom link will be e-mailed to you.

Race: The Power of an Illusion, Episode 2

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

3 p.m.4:30 p.m.

Hawthorn Hall

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Race: The Power of an Illusion is a film series that had a profound impact on Debby Irving, author of this year’s One Book selection, Waking Up White.

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For More Information

Browse the links listed above or download the Departmental Information Sheet for English to learn about degree and course requirements, student clubs and activities, and more.

Thank you for your interest in the Department of English at IU Northwest!