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English (BA)

Choose from Two Concentrations

Why Study English?

Studying English is more than just reading and writing. Understanding language, its impact on individuals and communities, and the cultural and historical significance of literature is a vital part of living and working in a global society. Both literature and creative writing concentrations help you develop critical thinking and reasoning skills so you can become an excellent communicator and leader. These skills will prepare you for careers in many settings, including nonprofits, media organizations, schools, and businesses around the world.

English (BA) Concentrations

Choose a concentration of study that focuses on your talents and interests.

Creative Writing

Express your creativity and build connections between the visual and tactile experiences of our world through the discipline of creative writing.


Focus on your love of reading while developing the skills of a creative and rigorous thinker, effective communicator, and flexible problem solver.

Faculty Spotlight:
Dr. Liza Ann Acosta

Dr. Liza Ann Acosta’s creativity bleeds into her classes as she uses a variety of literary forms—and her own love of theatre—to explore the world through writing from around the globe.

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Expand Your Study in the Humanities

All English majors, both creative writing and literature concentrations, join students in other humanities disciplines in choosing an elective 12-semester hours of study in philosophy, history, and art, along with their major and Core Curriculum coursework. These disciplines will enrich your understanding of both reading and writing, as well as the interplay of thought, reasoning, and creativity across these disciplines.

Honors Program

Each year, North Park University invites a select group of students to join Honors Program. These students study with faculty from across the University, and challenge each other in both classroom and extracurricular activities to prepare for lives of significance, service, and exceptional achievement. Students who complete the Honors Program graduate with honors and distinction in their chosen majors.

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