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.


English (BA)

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.

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English, Secondary Education (BS)

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.

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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 genre, such as fiction, poetry, playwriting, and creative non-fiction. You will also have the opportunity each semester to workshop with a professional writer.

Concordia-Chicago Writing Minor 

The Minor in Creative Writing requires six courses for a total of 18 hours from Concordia University Chicago. The introductory course provides students with the essential elements of the four genres. After that students will take advanced workshops in fiction. poetry, playwriting, and creative non-fiction. The advanced workshops may be taken in any order following the introductory course. Students will be required to take an advanced seminar which will focus on different topics each time it is offered. Topics may include "Writing a Novel," "Writing for Film and Television," "Creative Writing for the Church" and others.

For details about required courses and course descriptions, please visit our online catalog.

Writing Minor Opportunities

Creative writing students have an opportunity to publish their work in Motif, Concordia's annual creative arts journal, and be involved with public readings on campus.

Students will also have access to a professional writer each semester for an opportunity to workshop and gather information about what it takes to make a living with your words.

Our proximity to Chicago provides students with access to readings at storied locations such as The Poetry Foundation and opportunities to attend other major literary events such as the Chicago Humanities Festival. The rich literary heritage of Chicago will provide a backdrop and inspiration to the work that students will be creating.

As an English student at CUC, 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-Chicago'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.

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