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.

Programs of Study

Concordia offers three separate majors in the English department — something that sets us apart from other schools our size.

Major or Minor in English Writing

As an English writing major or minor, you will learn to write for a variety of genres and will develop advanced skills in one particular genre.

Major in English Literature

Studying literature will give you a deeper understanding of the text you are reading and the context in which it was written.

Major in English with Communication Arts/Literature Education

This major prepares students to be recommended by the education department for Minnesota licensure to teach English with communication arts/literature in grades 5-12. Must be admitted to the teacher education program.

Minor in English

Earn an English minor to prepare you for the future, whether it’s in a field directly related to English or another career that is enriched by your English study.

Major in Multimedia Journalism

Prepare yourself for any job in journalism with this interdisciplinary major combining studies in English, communication studies, and art.

Undergraduate Academic Certificate in Professional Writing

Strengthen your skills geared for workplace environments, with a focus on business and technical writing, as well as editing and grammar skills.

Career

Between grad school and hitting the job market, you can do a lot with an English degree.

We’ve got graduates pursuing master’s degrees and doctorates all across the country, furthering their study of writing and literature, or using their English degree as a foundation for law school.

If grad school isn’t your thing, we have alumni working as movie screenwriters, publicists, innovative teachers, business professionals and regionally touring authors.

Special Opportunities

Regardless of your concentration, English majors will develop a creative and imaginative mind, an appreciation of language, research strategies, intellectual curiosity, and an ability to think critically. Concordia offers English students many experiential opportunities to build these skills.

Degree Requirements and Courses

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

The requirements for a minor in English are 20 credits from an English (ENG) offering, 8 credits of which must be at or above the 300 level.

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

8 credits from one set of the following pairs:

  • ENG 317 – News Writing, 4 credits AND ENG 318 – Feature Writing, 4 credits

OR

  • ENG 377 – Nonfiction Writing Seminar, 4 credits AND ENG 477 – Advanced Nonfiction Writing Seminar, 4 credits

OR

  • ENG 378 – Poetry Writing Seminar, 4 credits AND ENG 478 – Advanced Poetry Writing Seminar, 4 credits

OR

  • ENG 379 – Fiction Writing Seminar, 4 credits AND ENG 479 – Advanced Fiction Writing Seminar, 4 credits

List of these courses:

8 credits from writing courses (beyond the required pair):

Additional requirements:

  • 12 elective credits from any English course offering in linguistics or literature except ENG 491 – Methods of Teaching Reading and Writing for the Secondary School. Only 4 elective credits can be at the 100 level.

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

8 credits from one set of the following pairs:

  • ENG 317 – News Writing, 4 credits AND ENG 318 – Feature Writing, 4 credits

OR

  • ENG 377 – Nonfiction Writing Seminar, 4 credits AND ENG 477 – Advanced Nonfiction Writing Seminar, 4 credits

OR

  • ENG 378 – Poetry Writing Seminar, 4 credits AND ENG 478 – Advanced Poetry Writing Seminar, 4 credits

OR

  • ENG 379 – Fiction Writing Seminar, 4 credits AND ENG 479 – Advanced Fiction Writing Seminar, 4 credits

List of these courses:

4 credits from writing courses (beyond the required pair):

Other requirements:

  • 4 credits from any ENG course offering in linguistics or literature except ENG 491 – Methods of Teaching Reading and Writing for the Secondary School.

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

Note: Students may petition to have ENG 325 – Topics in Writing, 4 credits, substituted for ENG 324 or ENG 316 when appropriate – e.g., when ENG 325 is focused on a topic in professional writing.

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Dr. James Postema

Chair/Professor English