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Welcome to the English Program.

We are a dynamic and growing department, part of a thriving humanities division at Lindenwood University. We offer a wide range of courses in both the classical and modern cannon in both British and American Literature, and in Creative Writing. Both our Creative Writing and our American Literature offerings are in the process of expansion. We offer two tracks of emphasis: literature and creative writing. A dual emphasis is allowed and requires completion of both emphases requirements. A Writing Certificate is also available. The English department at Lindenwood maintains close working relationships with other programs on campus, such as the American Studies program, the Theater program, and the MFA in Writing program.

Whatever your reasons for visiting our website, we invite you to explore the possibilities of the English program at Lindenwood University.

Mission Statement:
The English program at Lindenwood University empowers students to become:

. Critical thinkers with the intellectual resources to test the validity of ideas
. Writers who can adapt their knowledge to a wide variety of writing tasks
. Skilled communicators
. Researchers who are skilled at using non-traditional and traditional research tools
. Literate individuals who understand and appreciate both their own and other cultures
. Creative thinkers who develop their own artistic and creative abilities while appreciating the creative expression of others


Calling for student submissions! Students of any grade level, submit your poems, short stories, plays, or essays to any English faculty. We are currently seeking entries for the Jean Fields, Linda B. Ross, and Howard Barnett Awards. Please label which award you are submitting for.

Policy Changes
Beginning in the Fall 2009 semester, students cannot pass ENG 170 with a grade lower than a “C.” Further, students must pass ENG 170 before taking the WPA (Writing Proficiency Assessment).

The Writing Placement Exam
The Writing Placement Exam (WPE) determines a student’s placement in the English Composition course sequence. All freshman and transfer students registering for classes beginning in fall 2009 are required to take this placement exam when registering at Lindenwood University. The exam consists of writing a basic essay in response to a given topic. Outside research is unnecessary as a student draws from his or her own experiences and thoughts about the topic. Specific instructions and tips about writing the essay will be given to students on enrollment day. This placement exam will determine whether a student is placed in ENG 110 (Effective Writing) or ENG 150 (Composition I).

Tips for taking the Writing Placement Exam - click to view

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