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Department of English

Writers influence our ideas, persuade us to action and stir our emotions. An appreciation of language and literature enhances our ability to inspire and influence others through our own writing. If you are moved by the power of the written word, explore our English literature and writing program. Together with professors and peers, you will explore how language and images affect us as individuals and as members of communities.

As an English major, you are afforded the time to study literature and to write, surrounded by like-minded individuals and thoughtful mentors.

English literature and writing students participate in a core curriculum which focuses on interpretation and creativity. You can choose from concentrations that emphasize different aspects of literary studies, including literature, creative writing and text:image. Classes are offered both online and at our historic, beautiful campus. We launched a fully online degree option in January 2013.

Our graduates are accepted into competitive MFA, MA and Ph.D. programs. Like many graduates, you can find a satisfying career and/or continue the writing life you began at Marylhurst University.

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Erin Osborne Published in Literary Journal

Erin Osborne, English alum, had her short story selected for publication in NOON, an internationally acclaimed literary journal, in May 2015.

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June 03, 2015

Prior Learning Assessment Information Session

For those interested in receiving college credit for documented college-level learning from employment, volunteer work, or other learning experienc...

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June 18, 2015 – June 26, 2015

Show:Tell Workshop for Teen Writers & Artists

In this nine-day seminar, high school students receive college-level instruction in creative writing and visual arts, taking introductory and advan...

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