A Solid Foundation
|To study English is to understand its power, its possibilities and its pleasures.
As an English major at Illinois Wesleyan, you’ll examine writing past and present
to discover its variety and complexity. You’ll learn to write with clarity and imagination.
Studying English prepares students for graduate study and a wide range of careers,
including public relations, law, journalism, teaching, editing and publishing, business,
government, library science, advertising, marketing, and professional writing.
Our graduates constantly tell us that the research, analysis, argumentation, and written/oral
communication skills they learned as an English major at IWU have set them apart from
others in their chosen fields. Our faculty enjoy working one-on-one with students
to help them reach their potential and their goals. Among us are playwrights, film
critics, songwriters, award-winning poets and fiction writers, and internationally
recognized literary scholars who spend time with students and develop authentic mentoring
Expand Your World
We encourage our majors to think outside the box and to take risks with their writing.
The major is designed so that students will have plenty of opportunities to expand
their worlds through study abroad, internships, and experiential learning. In fact,
we encourage it. There are also opportunities for honors research and directed study.
We offer two sequences for majors: Literature Concentration and Writing Concentration
that includes journalism and/or creative writing. There is enough flexibility that
students can still take courses from the other concentration.