Our English and journalism faculty care about the process of writing as much as the analysis of writing.

Become a better reader, writer, editor and critical thinker who is not only prepared for editorial or academic careers, but also for work in law, business, government and more — because the curiosity and critical thinking skills you practice here are in high demand for a wide range of future careers.

When you join this department as an English or journalism major, you’ll discover a challenging, interesting and accessible faculty whose doors are always open to help and guide you through Augustana.

In English, you may choose from two emphases: literature and critical thinking or creative writing and professional writing. We’re committed to introducing our students to a wide variety of writers and writing styles including:

  • Traditional masters of British and American literature
  • Emerging voices of women and people of color
  • Classic and contemporary literary talents of India, China, Japan, Russia, Ireland and the Middle East

We also work to develop the talent of our own creative writers through workshop classes in poetry, fiction, drama and creative nonfiction.

The journalism program links the broad knowledge of a liberal arts education with the professional world through courses ranging from basic news writing to magazine writing, from opinion writing and blogging to layout and design in a multimedia context.

Our professors bring their passions into the classroom. Their emphases are used to enhance the classroom experience.

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