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.


Silk Road Review

The editorial team of Silk Road Review: A Literary Crossroads is pleased to announce the official web launch of issue twenty, a celebration of over ten years and three hundred works published from around the world. 

Now is the time to apply for an internship with Literary Arts.

Dorianne Laux

Only as the Day Is Long (W.W. Norton, 2019) represents a brilliant, daring body of work from one of our boldest and most accomplished contemporary poets, MFA in Writing faculty member Dorianne Laux.