English Literature

Major, Minor

Learn to read with imagination and insight, write with clarity and grace, and explore the deeper questions of the human experience.

English Literature students engage a wide range of texts from varied cultures, genres, historical periods, and perspectives. Pacific's Literature courses are small and intensive in order to build the skills of critical-thinking, analytical writing, and rhetorical analysis. With the guidance and support of our Literature faculty, students read extensively across more than a thousand years of literature, engage complex concepts through sundry theoretical frameworks, and perfect the art of argumentation.

Take courses to explore the literary landscape from a range of vantage points — from the stakes illuminated by new work in disability, indigeneity, and postcolonial studies to the political and gendered sensibilities of William Shakespeare's and Oscar Wilde's stages. Work closely with professors and archivists to design significant research projects that recover lost voices of our region. Study abroad in Asia, Australia, Europe or South America; teach English in China, Korea or Japan; and study domestically with facilitated research trips to the award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Unique to Pacific's program is the opportunity to serve on a professional academic publication, IJURCA: The International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry, as well as meet with acclaimed scholars as part of Pacific's Visiting Writers Series. To develop your craft, teach others as a writing consultant with CLASS or as a mentor to peers in the First-Year Seminar. In the heart of Portland's literary culture, come and develop a rich, interdisciplinary portfolio of original research and find your community of readers here.

Visit the university catalog to see the requirements for the English Literature major and minor.

Contact Us

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

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All first year and new transfer students are invited to apply for the Global Scholars First Year Travel stipend. The stipend offers students a discount of up to $1500 to participate in spring 2020 travel courses to Namibia, Costa Rica, Spain, or Romania. Students with second language proficiency and diverse cultural or linguistic backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply by Nov. 1. 

Student accepts award at 2018 NUCH.

Eight English Literature and and Creative Writing majors have been selected to present original research at the 2019 Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities. 

Mike Steele

An award from the Knute Rockne Society; a book coming out this winter; and induction into the U.S. Handball Hall of Fame: It's another month in the life of Professor Emeritus Mike Steele.