The Creative Writing Major is one of the first and finest undergraduate programs of its kind in the country. Its reputation is based on accomplishments of its graduates, the generosity of its professors, and a pedagogy that creates a fruitful symbiosis between close reading and inventive writing.
Being an English literature major at Northwestern means reading literature that’s been circulating across more than 1000 years of history and nearly every the continent of the globe, and the skills you learn will help prepare you for virtually any career you can think of.
Litowitz MFA+MA in English and Creative Writing
This program offers intimate classes, the opportunity to pursue both creative and critical writing, and close mentorship by renowned faculty in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Our three-year curriculum gives students time to deepen both their creative writing and their study of literature. Students complete two degrees concurrently --an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English.
MA in English Literature
Designed to be completed in one year and flexible in its requirements, our Master's in Literature allows students considerable freedom in choosing courses in English and in related disciplines. Most are planning to move on to Doctoral study elsewhere, improve their credentials as teachers in secondary schools and community colleges, or to take their experience into the business and publishing sectors.
PhD in English Literature
Our PhD program offers advanced study and research in literary history, criticism, and theory, with excellent opportunities for study between both disciplines and departments. Courses within the department cover major genres, periods, authors, and a broad range of methodological and theoretical approaches. Significant support in professional development and on the job market are cornerstones of the program.
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The 2018 English Honors cohort; (left to right) Helen Murphy, Kori Cooper, Henry Burg, Taylor Mikulski, and Anna Kubacsek
The second annual English Honors Colloquium occurred on April 13, 2018. The Hagstrum Room was packed as five seniors presented work from their honors theses. During a panel on modernism in literature and the arts...
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Evanston
*ATTN: From 4:00 pm - 6:00pm the conference will meet at an alternative location* 1897 Sheridan Road University Hall, 201 (Hagstrum Roo...
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM, Evanston
ATTN: From 6:00pm - 8:30pm the conference will meet at an alternative location* Evanston Public Library 1703 Orrington Avenue Evanston,...
12:00 PM - 7:30 PM, Evanston
Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas (1991-2013), was a bilingual literature and arts journal published successively in Mexico City,...