English Department

Department

The Pacific University Department of English welcomes writers and storytellers of all kinds.

We offer majors and minors in four areas, encouraging students to pursue their passion for words on the way to careers in publishing, education, and law. Study Creative Writing, Disability Studies, Editing & Publishing, and English Literature at Pacific.

We welcome writers who want to interrogate the literatures of the world, as well as those who want to make them. At Pacific, you can study abroad to hone your travel writing skills in Spain, as well as domestically to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to engage the drama of William Shakespeare then and now. You can also meet your literary heroes interning with Pacific’s MFA in Writing as well as in public readings given as part of the annual Visiting Writers Series.

We offer students many avenues through which to develop and showcase their writing, as well as explore the careers to publish others. You can work as an assistant editor on the literary magazine, Silk Road Review: A Literary Crossroads, as well as on the academic journal, IJURCA: International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry. Compete, too, for prizes and publication in PLUM: Pacific’s Literature by Undergraduates Magazine.

Come find your voice at Pacific.

Contact Us

Department of English | Pacific University
Bates House & Abigail Scott Duniway House
2043 College Way 
Forest Grove, Oregon 97116

Headlines

In Memoriam: MFA in Writing faculty member Marvin Bell 

January 2021 MFA Residency Guests

The MFA in Writing is thrilled to be welcoming Ayad Akhtar, Aracelis Girmay, Nikky Finney, and W. Ralph Eubanks to our January 2021 Residency.

With his new novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, fresh off the press and already translated into French, Italian, and Spanish, Joe Wilkins is here to share insight on "Language, Memory, Story: From the Poem to the Novel.” This virtual Pacific University Visiting Writers Series Oct. 22 is a must see event for nature writers.