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English Language and Literature

“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.” ― Emily Dickinson

Welcome to the Department of English Language and Literature at Lindenwood University! We are a dynamic department that offers courses in literature from around the globe, ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, as well as a diverse selection of creative and professional writing courses. Our program provides you with an engaging, rigorous, and personal education that will stimulate your intellectual growth while empowering you to become:

  • Professional Writers who can adapt their knowledge to a variety of writing tasks.
  • Practiced Researchers skilled at using non-traditional and traditional research tools.
  • Sophisticated Readers who understand and appreciate both their own and other cultures.
  • Creative Thinkers who develop their own artistic abilities while appreciating the creative expression of others.
  • Emerging Scholars with the intellectual resources to question traditional ways of thinking.

Degree Programs Offered

Lindenwood offers two major pathways through its English Literature program: the Bachelor of Arts in English Studies, which focuses primarily on literature, and the Bachelor of Arts in English Studies with Creative Writing Emphasis, which includes more course options in creative, non-fiction, and technical writing. If you want to pursue teaching after you graduate, the department also offers coursework serving the following School of Education teacher certification programs: Secondary Education Certification in English (grades 9-12), a minor program taken in combination with the BA in English Literature; and the Middle School Education, BA - English Language Arts Emphasis (grades 5-9), a major program taken in combination with a selection of courses in English Literature.

We also offer minor programs in English Literature, Creative Writing, and Writing and Professional Communication, as well as a Professional Writing Certificate.

Life as an English Major

Life as an English Major - Testimonial - Margaret“I was an English major with a minor in secondary education. Each and every course I completed was taught by very intelligent and seasoned English professors who challenged me to critically think about literature, to ask meaningful questions, and to write words that say what is intended with purpose and conviction. My time at Lindenwood prepared me exceptionally well to teach literature and composition to the leaders of tomorrow.”

- Margaret (Class of 2017), English Teacher, Webster Groves High School

What's it like to be an English major? Learn more about the extracurricular events and groups you can be a part of it at Lindenwood.

Making a Career out of What You Love: Careers in English

What can you do with a BA in English? Fortunately, English is a degree program adaptable to many careers. Read more about Careers in English.

Our Faculty

Dr. Ben Cooper, Assistant Professor of English, speaks about his book, Veteran Americans: Literature and Citizenship from Revolution to Reconstruction, before an engaged crowd at Left Bank Books.
Dr. Ben Cooper, Assistant Professor of English, speaks about his book, Veteran Americans: Literature and Citizenship from Revolution to Reconstruction, before an engaged crowd at Left Bank Books.

Our department represents a wide variety of scholarly interests in English studies, all of which you’ll have a chance to explore when you're an English major. Learn more about our faculty.

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St. Charles, MO 63301