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Whitworth University English Department
English students at Whitworth occupy a vibrant intellectual and creative space in a
department that maintains a creative tension between tradition and innovation.
Our curriculum reflects current research in the field and incorporates the
study of canonical standards as well as multicultural, ethnic, and world
literatures. The department also maintains ties with the gender-studies and
study-abroad programs. Through both classroom interaction and mentoring
relationships, English faculty encourage students to pursue lives of spiritual
commitment and resolution to act as stewards of God's creation while promoting
civil and personal justice.
Students of all tracks -- writing, literature, and education -- emerge from the
program with a love for literature and writing, as well as the skills needed to
succeed in professional life or graduate school. Upper-division writing
workshops led by published faculty challenge students to cultivate their
creative style and produce high-quality portfolios of their writing for
publication. Students frequently present their work at regional and national
undergraduate conferences. Department alumni have a strong record of acceptance
into graduate programs around the world.
In-class learning spills over into late-night study sessions in the shabby-chic
student lounge, where majors and non-majors stop by to make a pot of coffee,
chat with professors, and hold impromptu writing workshops. During the warmer
months, some classes move outside to convene in the beautiful courtyard and
garden located adjacent to Westminster Hall, the English department's main
building. In spring, the English community gathers for celebrations such as the
Senior Reading and the annual hot-dog and used-book sale, which is usually
followed by a reading from Script, Whitworth's student-run literary journal.