Program Overview

The English program at Concordia is offered as both a stand-alone four year liberal arts major, or as a complementary major for students pursuing a degree in education. We offer core general education courses in writing and literature, along with teaching and non-teaching major and minor programs.

What You’ll Learn in our English Program

In our degree program you will learn to:

  • Develop strong writing and composition skills
  • Think critically and argue a point
  • Clearly communicate your ideas
  • Research and explain your findings
  • Think creatively
  • Explore the moral and ethical dimensions of an idea
  • Analyze complex text in terms of its creation, context, and audience impact
  • Write short stories, poems, haiku, and short plays
  • Understand structure, form, genre, plot, characterization, setting, point of view, narrative voice, dialogue, and symbolism

Career Choices with a Degree in English

An English degree prepares you for opportunities in fields such as:

  • Business administration
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Media and public relations
  • Pastoral ministry
  • Publishing
  • Web development
  • Writing


Our curriculum focuses on advanced and creative writing, American literature, grammar and usage, modern fiction, and special topics that could include the Beatles or Harry Potter. For details, see our course catalog.

Complementary Majors/Minors

  • Writing Emphasis minor
  • Education – CUW offers a teaching major or minor in English

High School Prep Courses

  • English
  • Advanced level English/writing classes
  • Humanities