English Department

The study of literature and writing has always been central to a liberal arts education. As an English student at Concordia University Chicago, you will learn to read and interpret literature, think critically, and write effectively.  Literary study also broadens your perspectives on human life and culture.  These skills and perspectives will prepare you to succeed in a variety of vocations.

You may pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, a Secondary Education degree with an English major, or a minor in Creative Writing.

Activities and Organizations

As an English student at Concordia, you will be able to participate in a variety of activities. Many English students enhance their writing skills by writing for The Spectator, the campus newspaper.  You may also submit your creative writing to Motif, Concordia's annual creative arts journal.  Each spring the students who are published in Motif offer a public reading of their work.  The department also awards the Radke/Sorenson Prizes for Writing each year for an outstanding essay and poem written by a junior or senior English major.

The English Club sponsors various activities throughout the year.  This includes trips to plays or readings in Chicago, as well as on-campus social events and post-show discussions.  The English Department also invites published writers to campus to read their work and lead workshops with students.

A liberal arts degree in English prepares you to read and interpret texts, think critically, and write effectively. Literary study also focuses on deepening your understanding of human life and culture. An English degree can prepare you for a variety of different careers. Many students also use the B.A. in English as preparation for graduate study, either in English or in other areas like ministry, law, or library science.   

In conjunction with the College of Education, you can earn a degree in secondary education with a major in English.  This will prepare you to teach English at the secondary level.  The program combines rigorous study in English with the professional course work leading to certification as a secondary English teacher.

The Minor in Creative Writing is a multi-genre approach toward developing the fundamentals of successful writers. The minor will provide you with an introduction to the art of creative writing and upper-level workshop courses dedicated to a single...

Motif is the annual creative arts journal of Concordia University Chicago. Published each spring, Motif includes poetry, short fiction, essays, and artwork by Concordia students and faculty.