B.A. English

Major Minor Teaching Endorsement

The skills you develop as an English major, like writing, editing, problem solving, critical thinking and analysis, are highly prized by employers in 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, making your English degree extremely valuable. The knowledge you acquire as an English major will never be obsolete. 
An English degree from Concordia University, Nebraska will help you develop these abilities in a Christian, collaborative environment, while cultivating independent thought and responsible leadership to help you better serve, no matter your chosen vocation. 

English Courses

120 credit hours
90% career outcome rate1
15:1 Student-to-faculty ratio

Choose the right words, cultivate your curiosity and open up your world.  

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Program Highlights


The Concordia University, Nebraska Department of English maintains high standards of academic integrity and Christian responsibility.  

In our courses, we  

  • help students to see the historical and cultural significance of literature  
  • teach them to apply methods of literary scholarship 
  • promote careful reading 
  • encourage critical thinking and  
  • model Christian scholarship and thoughtful discussion processes. 


Theatre at Concordia University, Nebraska is an active part of campus life and well-integrated into a variety of degrees in education and liberal arts programs, such as the English program.  


Concordia Nebraska’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, a national honor society for students studying English, is devoted to promoting scholarship among students of English at Concordia and interest in English language and literature among all students on campus. 


As experts in English, our faculty and instructors bring years of experience to the classroom. 

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Haleigh Fitzsimmons
Lincoln, NE

I want to be a published author and teach at the collegiate level. It took a lot of research to get to the point when I actually felt comfortable pursuing this future, but it is so worth it.


Concordia University, Nebraska is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Degree Goals

An English program graduate from Concordia University, Nebraska will be able to:  

  • employ critical reading as an effective basis of literary inquiry, through close reading of form and discourse and through engagement with literary contexts.  
  • analyze the complex relationship between authors, texts and social, political, religious and historical contexts. 
  • develop strong oral communication and writing skills, including clear expression and sound mechanics. 
  • appreciate the aesthetics of the English language as a means of understanding and expressing human experience. 

English, Communication and Theatre Arts Minors

  • Communication  
  • Composition and Rhetoric  
  • English  
  • Interpersonal Communication  
  • Journalism and Public Relations  
  • Literature  
  • Theatre  
  • Writing 

Career Outcomes

Magazine Editor 

  • Assign articles to writers 
  • Correct spelling, grammar and overall tone of articles 
  • Oversee magazine content 


  • Inform the public about current events and what is happening in the world 
  • Work in television, radio, print and/or online news channels 
  • Gather information, conduct interviews and investigate news stories 

Web Content Manager 

Work closely with project teams, editors, back-end developers and designers to coordinate website content 

Plan and develop content, style and appearance 

Analyze website usage and search engine optimization keywords 


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