English at Dordt
Be challenged. Be changed.
Do you love to write? Have dreams of being a professor, a professional blogger, a literary critic, a journalist, a librarian, an editor? If so, Dordt’s English major is for you.
As an English major, you’ll discuss what you read and write with your classmates and with Dordt’s dedicated English faculty. You’ll learn how to communicate well with those around you, and you’ll express yourself in ways that are both creative and innovative.
Dordt alumni who majored in English have followed a wide variety of career paths, including as published authors, marketing directors, CEOs, freelance writers, professors, and librarians. Major in English, and you’ll have many opportunities to make an impact in God’s world.
- English Emphases
Literature: Dive into the world of literature where you will learn to think critically about things like the moral vision and worldview of an author, along with the literary elements of his or her work. You will see how literature from a variety of time periods and cultures challenges or affirms our values and enriches our lives.
Writing: As a writing emphasis, you will learn about the art of storytelling. You'll learn to write with clarity, precision, and grace in a variety of forms and for a variety of audiences
Build your résumé by writing for The Diamond (student newspaper), the Signet (yearbook), The Canon (student literary magazine), or Dordt's Marketing and Communication Office.
Read your work at an annual student public reading and compete for cash prizes in the annual Purple Martin writing competition.
Become one of a growing list of students who has won awards in the college division of the Iowa Poetry Association competition and has had poems published in the association’s annual anthology, Lyric Iowa.
Get published in a professional journal for teachers, as some of our English education students have.
Be part of a writing class team that composes documents to solve real problems—from an EMT training guide for the local ambulance squad to marketing materials for a women’s ministry in Cambodia.
Serve as a teaching assistant working with underachieving college writers.
Participate in an internship such as working in a publishing company on the Chicago Semester Program.