Welcome to the English major at PLU!

Our major can be customized to reflect one of two emphases (Literature or Writing). You can explore both of these options in detail by clicking on the arrow right next to “Majors” and then selecting “Catalog.” Here’s a brief overview of both trajectories, as well as a preview of our minors:

Literature: Requiring 36-44 credit hours, an English major with an emphasis in Literature will include the following courses: an English Studies Seminar (ENGL 300), one to two electives, one writing course, a senior seminar, and one course in each of the following categories: early literature (written pre-1660), middle literature (1660-1914), modern literature (1914-present), and literature and difference. It also requires two years of college-level study of a foreign language (catalog Option One).

Writing: Requiring 36-44 credit hours, an English major with an emphasis in Writing will include the following courses: an English Studies Seminar (ENGL 300), one to three electives, two literature courses, a senior seminar, and three courses drawn from these four possible categories: Creative Nonfiction, Poetry and Fiction, History and Theory, and Writing in Specific Contexts. It also requires two years of college-level study of a foreign language (catalog Option One).

 Minors: Our minors include Children’s Literature and Culture, Literature, and Publishing and Printing Arts. For more information, see their individual websites.