SPU English Department


The English Department offers two concentrations within the major: Literature and Creative Writing.

Students in both the Literature and Creative Writing concentrations must complete a shared core of courses that ground their understanding of literary history and the interpretive tools of our discipline.

Each concentration also has a second core requirement emphasizing craft and methodology. Upper-division coursework in each concentration then moves on to advanced competency in the field, leading ultimately to the English undergraduate degree.

Major degree requirements:


The Department also offers three minors: Literature, Creative Writing, and Professional Writing.

Minor requirements:

How to Read a Poem

Writing on the window of an English classroom

English Professor Susan Van Zanten gives you a quick guide on how to get the most out of reading poetry.


It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

- Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice