By studying English at Concordia, you equip yourself for life by learning to read challenging texts and communicate complex ideas. Whether you work in a field directly related to English or another career that is enriched by your English study, you will be prepared by learning inside and outside the classroom.
Ever wanted to try your hand at writing for or editing a publication? Concordia touts two journals, a literary magazine and a weekly newspaper.Learn More
Study English Abroad
The English department offers study abroad opportunities every year for a week, month or semester. Find the program that best fits your schedule and your travel desires.Learn More
Study English Abroad
The Ethnographic Essay: Cultural Immersion in Scotland
A land of castles and mohawked punks in kilts, of ancient cobblestone lanes and avant-garde art, of rugged green landscapes and diverse immigrant communities, Scotland beckons the intrepid and curious adventurer. In this immersion course, English 380, students will learn the skills of ethnography experientially, observing and interviewing in urban and rural communities throughout Scotland.
Summer School in Santorini
Spend the month of May on the magical island of Santorini, Greece, studying Art, Religion or English.
Our Faculty, Students and Alumni
Austin Gerth '16
English Writing Major
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The average English class here is twelve to twenty people strong, which makes for a great deal of individual attention from the professors. Most classes are discussion-based, with the aim of inducing students to teach each other (and sometimes to teach the professor) through collaboration. Plus Bill Snyder sings and juggles, which is wonderful.
Kelsey Rausch '16
Elk River, Minn.
English Education Major
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Each and every professor is extremely knowledgeable and intensely passionate about what they do. In turn, this helped me find out what I am passionate about. With each professor having a unique passion, it's easy to find a mentor who will help you with your journey at Concordia and help you develop that passion into a career.
Caitlin Schuchhardt '12
Pursuing Ph.D. in Literary Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
English Literature Major; Studio Art Minor
I can trace my path directly back to my undergraduate research experience and my study abroad in India on the Social Justice, Peace, and Development semester. These opportunities combined perfectly and led me to discover my passion in the intersection of environmental activism and literature.
Courtney Backen '15
English Literature Major
The professors care about your growth both in the classroom and as an individual. They encourage you to push your boundaries and think in new ways, which has really helped me become a critical thinker in all areas of my life.
Matthew Bergquist '13
English teacher with English Language Institutes in Mongolia
It sounds cliché, but the most important thing I’ve learned is to become responsibly engaged in the world. I have this desire to learn and this desire to share what I’ve learned to impact other people wherever I am vocationally.
Dr. Amy Watkin
The reasons that I started in this field are the same reasons that keep me here...the love of books and the love of words and what impact they can have on the world.
Follow a checklist to see if you are on track with your English major and read some tips from the department on what courses to take, in which order.Learn More