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.

The English literature program focuses on the pleasure, power, depth and strange beauty of literary expression; it builds the skills to write clearly and critically in order to analyze a text and formulate a response to a piece of writing.

Students apply writing, editing and production skills while working with graduates of Pacific University’s MFA in Writing graduate program. They take specialized courses — such as Shakespeare, Holocaust literature, and literature and disability — and work closely with professors on significant research projects.

Other highlights include internships with local publishers and/or Pacific’s graduate writing program and opportunities to study abroad in Asia, Australia, Europe or South America or teach English in China, Korea or Japan.


Pacific's MFA in Writing faculty, comprised of some of America's finest contemporary writers, will read from their works.
New Map of the World Photo
The Department of English is pleased to announce our 2018 program awards recognizing outstanding seniors as well as recipients of the Esther Evans and Irving Storey memorial scholarships.
Silk Road Cover
The editorial staff of Silk Road Review: A Literary Crossroads are pleased to announce the official web launch of issue nineteen, "Unclaimed." This themed issue features fiction writers, poets, memoirists, translators, playwrights, and other artists investigating cultures, identities, and ways of living that defy categorization or ownership.