English Major

Are you interested in stories? Do you read and/or write a blog, a journal, poetry, graphic novels, short stories, novels, memoirs, articles? Do you like to watch, perform in, or write for theater and film productions?

Warner Pacific’s English degree offers you the opportunity to compose, perform, and publish your original work as well as read, discuss, and write about writers, poets, dramatists — artists who are indeed “legislators of the world.”  What we read, perform, and create changes the world.

Be a part of changing the world through the world of words.

CLOSE READING AND CRITICAL THINKING: The study of English develops students’ reasoning capabilities, deepens their understanding of diverse cultural issues, and improves their abilities to analyze and produce complex texts from a variety of critical perspectives. The curriculum offers a compact survey of literature in English as well as courses in film, drama, communications, world literatures, and special topics such as gender identity, war and its aftermaths, and ethnic and minority experience, for example.

CREATIVE WRITING AND PUBLICATION SKILLS: Students interested in creative writing will find outlets in writing for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Many students submit their work for publication in Warner Pacific’s student publications. The student-run Knight Times News Magazine (published four times a year) and literary journal, Rocinante: A Journal of Art and Literature (published annually), provide students the opportunity to write for and edit print publications. Students receive training in InDesign, software used for publication by professionals in numerous professions.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION: An English degree will hone your critical thinking skills essential to a number of career fields, including writing, editing, publishing, teaching, and research, advertising, public relations, law, and finance. Students interested in obtaining a MAT and certification for teaching Language Arts in Middle and High School may enroll in the Education Department’s 4.5 MAT program. Students completing their major in English may continue their studies in Education and complete their certification and licensing within one summer and a subsequent semester.

OFF-CAMPUS STUDY: All Warner Pacific students may apply for off-campus study programs which include study at Oxford University, Oxford, England and the L.A. Film Studies Center. In addition, English majors participate in an internship program, which provides venues for practical application of classroom learning. Students intern with organizations such as Portland Literary Arts, the Gresham Outlook newspaper, and with educational programs for tutoring students at local K – 12 schools.

LOOKING FORWARD: English majors have gone on to earn graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines. Recent graduates have earned an MA in English at Oregon State University, an MFA in Creative Writing at Spalding University, an MFA in Drama at The New School in New York and a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the New School in New York.

The following articles are testimonies to the value of an English degree to the fields listed above as well as to many others:


Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: English Major

Prerequisite: EN 200

36 credits (minimum): 18 credits in residence, 21 credits upper division. Required:

Choose at least two courses from the following
EN/DR 220 Introduction to Drama 3
EN/DR 250/349 Understanding Film and its Forms 3
EN/ED 343 Young Adult Literature 3
EN 245/345 Urban Literature 3
EN 215/315 Global Literature 3
EN/COMM 390 Visual Communications 3
EN 495 Senior Research 3


Choose at least one of the following
EN/FA/COMM 350 Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction 3
EN/FA/COMM 351 Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction 3


EN 325 Rogues and Rebels: Survey of Literatures in English 1600 to 1815 3
EN 326 Romantics and Realists: Survey of Literatures in English 1815 to Present 3
EN 335 Epic Literature and Mythology 3
EN 336 Sagas, Saints, and Sonnets: Survey of Literature in English 700 to 1600 3
EN 360 Shakespeare 3
EN 370 Nature and Structure of English Language 3
EN/COMM 385 Critical Strategies 3
EN/COMM 450 Critical and Ethical Theory for Literature and Media 3
HUM 391/392 Humanities Internship


or for students following the MAT 4.5 track and are alternatives for HUM 391/392 (MAT 4.5 students must take both of the courses below to fulfill the English internship requirement):
ED 535U
Curriculum Planning and Instruction (50 hour practicum) 2
and ED 515 Classroom Management (practicum hours for MAT 4.5 students seeking a Language Arts endorsement) 3


Required: Must enroll in one of the following:
COMM/JL 125/325 Art and Literary Journal Production 1
OR COMM/JL 325 Advanced Art and Literary Journal Production 1-2

Teacher Licensure, Language Arts (ML and/or HS):

Students wishing to pursue teacher licensure in Language Arts may pursue such through the MAT program. Program information is available in the Teacher Education office.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply their knowledge and skills in a variety of careers such as teaching, publishing, journalism, new media, literary, and research positions, and public advocacy in areas such as the arts, literacy, community service, church relations, and law.
  • Understand, analyze, and evaluate the aesthetic qualities of well-crafted literature in the full spectrum of genres available for literary study.
  • Create their own written analyses and evaluations of literary and critical texts, observing the conventions of academic English.
  • Apply their knowledge of literary craft to the act of creating their own literary texts in the genres of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry.
  • Transform culture by engaging aesthetic urban contexts and communities.

(updated Sept. 2015)