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.


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.

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.