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English Department

In the Waldorf University English Department, you will read the adventures of Beowulf and Shakespeare’s tragedies and comedies, as well works such as Jack Kerouac’s On The Road. You’ll study works such as James Fenimore Cooper’s frontier narrative, American Renaissance literature, as well as modern and contemporary literature. From the novels of Dickens to the poems of Dickinson, you’ll cover a wide range of texts, for it is through discussing literature that we learn to understand more deeply the human condition and make meaning of the world around us.

We are a small department, but our size is our strength. Our faculty work closely with you to nurture the clear expression of ideas, probe into insightful analysis, and help you discover your own creativity.
The English Department offers three majors: English, English - Secondary Education, and Creative Writing, as well as minors in English and Creative Writing.

For the English Secondary Education major you will take a variety of teacher education classes in addition to your coursework in English and speech. You will have extraordinary opportunities for learning through classroom instruction, observations, and volunteer opportunities in schools, culminating in your hands-on experience as a student teacher.

To foster the connections between reading and writing, the Creative Writing and English majors both include courses that intersect the two disciplines. Each of these majors is coupled with a minor field of study as well, to give you a broader, liberal arts education as you complete your degree.

Classes in the English department are focused on building critical reading, thinking, and writing abilities, preparing students to go on to graduate school in various disciplines, or to enter fields such as teaching, writing, editing, or publishing. What can you do with an English or Creative Writing major?

English and Creative Writing students also have the opportunity to apply for departmental scholarships. Please contact the Office of Admissions to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you!