English Major

Study English and writing/literature at George Fox, a top Christian college on the West Coast.

George Fox University’s English major not only prepares you for any number of professions but provides you with the opportunity to explore your own imaginative power and gain a better understanding of the world around you and your role in it.

English majors are taught to read and write with attention to truthfulness, logic, rhetoric and aesthetics. Graduates who major in English pursue careers in teaching, writing, publishing, journalism, and other fields that demand perceptive attention to textual detail and the ability to communicate with clarity and grace.

In an increasingly competitive, skilled and changing marketplace, the English major provides the thinking, imaginative and interpretative capabilities necessary for workplace success.

Four optional concentrations:

Creative Writing

This concentration offers a core group of courses that specialize in creative writing for newspapers, magazines, fiction outlets and poetry. Students have the opportunity to explore their interests in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and scriptwriting and develop a portfolio of creative work that will become the foundation for a career in editing, freelance writing, marketing and more.

Professional Writing

This concentration prepares students for any field where clear, concise communication through writing is essential. Graduates of this concentration have assumed careers in public relations, marketing and technical writing, and work for nonprofit organizations, businesses and governmental agencies. Students take courses in grammar and editing, technical writing, public relations and graphic design.

Teacher Preparation for Graduate Studies of English

Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in English are encouraged to take this 15-credit concentration which prepares them for the intensive work a graduate degree requires. In addition to the major requirements in English, students take additional courses in American, British and world literature, as well as courses in Shakespeare, writing theory and literary criticism – all with a preparation for graduate studies in mind.

Teacher Preparation for Secondary Teachers of English

This 17-hour concentration will prepare you for a teaching career in language arts, incorporating a Teaching as Profession course that provides teacher education training. In addition, students in this concentration take additional courses in American, British and world literature, as well as supplementary writing and literature courses, all intended to prepare you for a career teaching language arts.

Request more information about the English major at George Fox University or schedule a visit to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

As a writing/literature major, you will learn from professors who know you by name.

English majors learn to think critically and creatively, read perceptively, and write clearly and effectively. Employers consistently list these skills among the traits they most desire. Because so many occupations and organizations depend on strong analytical skills and written and oral communication, English majors have great flexibility and a wide range of options within the job market. Some of these potential fields, such as public relations, human resources, market research and nonprofit management, are projected to grow at a fast pace over the next decade.

  • Novelist, Writer-in-Residence, Corban University
  • Travel Writer/Yale University Faculty Member
  • Judge, Oregon Court of Appeals
  • English Professor, Spring Arbor University
  • English Teacher, Klamath Falls High School
  • English Teacher and Newspaper Advisor, Westside Christian High School
  • Project Coordinator, Act Six/PDX Leadership Foundation
  • International School of English Teacher, Evergreen State College
  • Librarian, Forest Grove City Library
  • Owner, Web Design Company
  • Oxford University
  • Tufts University
  • University of St. Andrews
  • Penn State University
  • Fordham University
  • University of Oregon
  • Boston College
  • Georgia College and State University
  • University of Colorado
  • Portland State University
  • Baylor University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
  • Portland Monthly Magazine
  • Oregon Bride Magazine
  • Northwest Yearly Meeting
  • Ellechor Publishing House
  • Newberg Public Library
  • Barclay Press
  • Newberg Public Schools (SMART Reading Program)

Student Experiences

Gina Ochsner, author, winner of 2002 Flannery O’Conner Award

“What I appreciated the most about the time I spent studying at George Fox was the creative latitude to explore, define, craft and hone my own creative aesthetic. Under the guidance of gifted instructors I was encouraged to examine rigorously what it is I wanted to write and how best to write it.”  

- Gina Ochsner, author, winner of 2002 Flannery O’Conner Award

Jay Miller

“Studying English trains a person in habits essential to life: attentiveness, reflection, communication, etc. Studying English at George Fox directs these habits towards living a good life. My professors honed my literary skills, but they also grounded these skills in a Christian imagination alive to language’s potential to express and question what is true, good and beautiful. I now feel equipped for both graduate studies and thoughtful navigation of life’s complexities.”

- Jay Miller

Points of Distinction

  • Major classes are taught by full-time faculty members who are active writers and scholars.
  • Students have opportunities for practical writing and teaching experience through English Honors Society membership, Academic Resource Center tutoring and writing for The Crescent.
  • Senior capstone experience can include internships in writing, publishing or teaching.

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.