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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.

Program Options

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.

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Check out our program strengths and get to know our facilities.

Dr. Bob De Smith

Dr. Bob De Smith
Professor of English

CL 2222
(712) 722-6296

Luke Hawley

Luke Hawley
Associate Professor of English

CL 2225
(712) 722-6268

Dr. Josh Matthews

Dr. Josh Matthews
Associate Professor of English
Department Chair

CL 2226
(712) 722-6250

Howard Schaap

Howard Schaap
Associate Professor of English

CL 2224
(712) 722-6253

Rose Postma

Rose Postma
English Assistant Adjunct

CL 1112

Dr. Shaun Stiemsma

Dr. Shaun Stiemsma
Associate Professor of English

CL 2227
(712) 722-6251

Dr. Leah Zuidema

Dr. Leah Zuidema
Vice President for Academic Affairs

CA 334
(712) 722-6333