English

B.A. MajorMinor

The skills you develop as an English major, like writing, editing, problem solving, critical thinking, and analysis, are highly prized by employers in nearly every profession. In this age of information and technology, these talents are more in-demand than ever before. Writing, communication skills, adaptability and the ability to work independently are desirable qualities for any career you choose.

An English degree from Concordia will help you develop these abilities in a Christian, collaborative environment, while cultivating independent thought and becoming a responsible leader to help you better serve, no matter your chosen vocation.

Professors

15:1
Student to faculty ratio

All of the English professors are equally wonderful in their own way. They are each so different, which makes them all essential to the department.
Hannah Fortna

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English Sample Academic Outcomes

 

Careers

  • Executive Director
  • Head Chair
  • Digital Marketing Manager

Graduate Schools

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Emory University
  • University of Colorado - Boulder
  • University of Florida

Employed in field of study within 6 months

Employed full-time or in a graduate program within 6 months

English Faculty

Discover opportunities to showcase your talent.

London Literary Tour & New England Study Tour

These annual study tours include major literary, historical, and cultural areas of various cities selected each year. Students complete readings, a paper and project upon return from the trip to earn course credit

Potpourri
Potpourri

For more than 50 years, Potpourri has been the literary magazine of Concordia's campus. A new edition is released every spring and offers students a place to share their creative writing, as well as learn the basics of magazine editing and design. Showcase your talent and creativity through your writing!

Sigma Tau Delta
Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta is an international honor society with over 870 chapters in the U.S. and abroad. Sigma Tau Delta at Concordia strives to provide cultural stimulation on campus and promote interest in in all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing.

Red Path Gallery for Art
Red Path Gallery and Dog House Grill Readings

There is a strong tradition of literary excellence at Concordia, Nebraska, and we encourage our students to find their creativity and thrive as artists. Each year, we offer opportunities for students to share their written works by hosting readings at the Red Path Art Gallery in Seward and the Dog House Grill on campus.

English Sample Course Schedule

Semester 1

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    Eng 102 Experiences in Writing
    3
    This course focuses on helping students develop effective processes for writing in multiple genres, including research-based academic projects and creative works. Students will learn techniques for generating ideas; giving and receiving feedback; finding, evaluating and integrating sources; adapting rhetorical strategies for audience and context; revising; and editing. Students will also discuss the origins and application of English language conventions. Students will participate in an oral communication lab experience and adapt a research based paper for formal presentation to the class.
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    Gen Ed 9 Credit Hours
    9

Semester 2

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    Eng 201 Introduction to Literature
    3
    A general background in the reading, interpretation, evaluation and criticism of literature in various genres.
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    Gen Ed 9 Credit Hours
    9

Semester 3

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    Eng 231 Studies in the English Language
    3
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    Gen Ed 9 Credit Hours
    9

Semester 4

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    Eng 221 Intermediate Writing
    3
    A course designed to allow students to experiment with three types of writing: fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Includes study and application of research related to peer writing groups and the process of writing.
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    Gen Ed 9 Credit Hours
    9

Semester 5

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    Eng 326 Poetry Writing
    3
    A course designed to give students the opportunity to write poetry and to read poetry from a writer’s perspective. Emphasis on contemporary poetry and poets as well as student writing, discussion of theories and application of the writing process, and the workshop approach.
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    Eng 381 World Literature I
    3
    A survey of significant literature from the ancient world, including Greek and Roman writers, on through the 1500s. The course identifies major themes addressed, major structural features advanced, and socio-cultural conditions which were contextual to this time frame.
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    Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 6

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    Eng 362 British Literature I
    3
    A survey of British literature from its Anglo–Saxon beginnings through the medieval and early modern eras.
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    Eng 366 Shakespeare
    3
    A study of representative history plays, comedies, tragedies, and at least one problem play.
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    Eng 491 Issues in Literature for Children and Youth
    3
    A survey of contemporary literature for readers from middle level through grade 12. Students will become familiar with contemporary youth poetry and fiction, explore societal issues in literature and develop skills of literary analysis.
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    Gen Ed 3 Credit Hours
    3

Semester 7

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    Eng 341 American Literature I
    3
    A survey of significant American writers from the colonial period through the 1840s with an emphasis on the interaction of literature, history, and philosophy.
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    Eng 300 Placement Seminar
    1
    The course includes resume and portfolio creation, attendance at professional placement seminars, mock interviews, meetings with field professionals and internship applications and searches. Prerequisite: upper level standing or permission of department chair.
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    Eng 327 Fiction Writing
    3
    A course designed to give students experience with the short story. Emphasizes the workshop approach, peer and instructor–student conferences. Students will read contemporary fiction from a writer’s perspective, examining the elements of fiction for application in their own writing.
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    Gen Ed 5 Credit Hours
    5

Semester 8

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    Eng 385 Psychological and Sociological Analysis of Modern Literature
    3
    Study of the twentieth century novel. While the emphasis is on American, British, and continental novelists, some opportunity exists for examination of novels from other cultures. Trends and social implications. Literary analysis and critical essays.
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    Eng 431 English Language and Linguistics
    3
    An intensive exploration of the science of language as it is discussed in socio-linguistics, psycholinguistics and historical linguistics. Course includes study of grammar and linguistic philosophy.
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    ECTA 499 Special Topics in the Study of Language
    1
    This course analyzes and evaluates the privileged space language holds in the related humanities disciplines of English, speech communication and theatre studies. Students will write, speak and perform individual projects in response to interdisciplinary and shared, cross-disciplinary readings that explore the foundations of literary study, rhetorical study and theatre.
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    Eng 387 Modern and Postmodern Drama
    3
    Study of twentieth century drama. While the emphasis is on American, British, and continental dramatists, some opportunity exists for examination of drama from other cultures. Religious, social, and moral ideas expressed in these plays.
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    Gen Ed 2 Credit Hours
    2