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English at a glance

North Central’s English major will prepare you as an innovative thinker and lifelong learner. We offer three tracks—Literature, Creative Writing, and Professional and Technical Writing—all designed to equip you with a deep understanding of the English language, the craft of writing, and the world around you. As you learn to explore culture and make creative contributions, you’ll gain the analytical, critical thinking, and communication skills you need for success in any career field.

What sets us apart

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Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta is the international English honor society.

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Sigma Tau Delta: Truth, Sincerity, & Design

Sigma Tau Delta is the international English honor society, which strives to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature. One of the largest members of the Association of College Honor Societies, Sigma Tau Delta has over 750 active chapters, more than 1,000 faculty sponsors, and inducts approximately 8,500 members annually.

Our members have the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding achievements, enrich their education, help them make career choices, and advance their careers.

By joining North Central’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, you’ll be able to participate in scholarship opportunities, community readings, writing workshops, the national convention, and other local activities.
Learn more about Sigma Tau Delta.

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Minneapolis literary scene

Our metro location offers engaging opportunities to enhance your studies.

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EXPERIENCE LITERATURE FIRSTHAND

Minneapolis is a culturally diverse city with a thriving arts and literature scene. With places like The Loft Literary Center offering classes, readings, and workshops, theaters regularly hosting readings from internationally renowned authors, local publishing houses like Milkweed Editions and Graywolf Press, and well-known independent bookstores, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore your love for literature.

In fact, Minneapolis was named the country’s “Most literate city” in the 12th annual Most Literate City study conducted by Central Connecticut State University president Dr. Jack Miller.

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Senior class poet

We choose a Senior Class Poet every year.

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You could be the next Senior Class Poet!

Each year we choose a graduating senior as the Senior Class Poet. This is a life-long honor that many universities bestow. Students submit poems, which are then judged by an established poet. The Senior Class Poet reads his/her poetry at various university functions.

Past Winners:

  • 2013-2014 Erica Englund and Victoria Pyron
  • 2012-2013 Mia Franklin
  • 2011-2012 Joy Tuveson
  • 2010-2011 Patrick Abubo
  • 2009-2010 Joseph Madsen
  • 2008-2009 Autumn Perkins
  • 2007-2008 Tiffany Brenneman
  • 2006-2007 Aly (Cole) Shannon
  • Creative Writing

    The Creative Writing track will prepare you to become a professional writer. You’ll learn to:

    • Write original work in one or more creative literary forms—poetry, fiction, non-fiction, script
    • Analyze and interpret one or more creative literary forms—poetry, fiction, non-fiction, script
    • Respond to others’ work and offer constructive feedback
    • Practice the process-oriented approach to writing
    • Revise your work and incorporate useful critical responses
    • Explore and understand classic, contemporary, and/or avant-garde models of one or more creative literary forms—poetry, fiction, non-fiction, script
    • Embrace the constant creative challenge of working through failure
  • Literature

    The Literature track will prepare you to be a close reader, critical thinker, cultural interpreter, and advanced scholar of English literature. You’ll learn to:

    • Explore traditional and nontraditional canons of literature and interpret them in their social, cultural, and historical context
    • Analyze literary forms in terms of style, figurative language, and convention
    • Use source material in the interpretation of literary texts
    • Discover and explore directions for new scholarship
    • Apply and explain concepts from literary theory and criticism in the analysis and interpretation of texts
    • Understand literature through a Christian worldview
  • Technical Writing

    The Professional and Technical Writing track will prepare you to write in business and organizational settings. You’ll learn to:

    • Read with interpretive and analytical proficiency one or more nonfiction and technical forms
    • Write with proficiency in one or more nonfiction and technical forms
    • Respond to peers’ work in one or more nonfiction and technical forms
    • Practice the process-oriented approach to writing
    • Incorporate useful critical responses to your work in subsequent revisions
    • Demonstrate practical awareness of models of nonfiction and technical forms
    • Embrace the constant creative challenge of working through failure
  • Careers

    Our graduates succeed in a variety of jobs and careers. Here are some possibilities:

    • Middle school, high school, and college teacher around the world
    • Communications specialist and consultant
    • Technical writer
    • Marketer or publicist
    • Media center director
    • Lawyer
    • Editor at magazines and publishing houses
    • Writer/author
    • Newspaper reporter
    • Blogger
    • Entrepreneur
  • Minors

    We want you to be well-rounded and well-prepared when you graduate, so you’ll have the opportunity to choose a minor or supporting program so you can explore another area of interest. Here are some possibilities:

    • Business Administration
    • Journalism
    • Media Production
    • Public Relations and Advertising
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Pre-law
    • Sociology
    • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
    • Urban Studies

    See the full list of minors and supporting programs.

English alum Victoria Pyron.
Candidate and Fellowship Winner, M.A. in English Literature (University of St. Thomas)

Victoria (Pyron) Tankersley '14
Eden Prairie, MN

"North Central prepared me in amazing ways for this opportunity. Not only through close relationships with faculty, but also through their capacity to push our limits as students."

Requirements

All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete the English degree.

Meet the dean

Faculty Member Desiree Libengood.

Contact

dslibeng@northcentral.edu
612.343.4796
Kingsriter Centre, 2nd floor

Desirée Libengood

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Assistant Professor of English

What are your areas of expertise?

Composition—Much of my post-graduate research revolved around helping students become better academic writers.

What do you love about teaching at North Central?

The students. Our NCU students are caring, compassionate, curious, and motivated. I love teaching them and encouraging their growth both inside and outside the classroom.

What are your favorite classes to teach?

  • C.S. Lewis & the Inklings
  • Multicultural Novel
  • Creative Nonfiction Writing