School of Arts & Sciences

The Department of English, Foreign Language, and Humanities offers a broad range of courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in English or English Education. Students may also pursue a minor in English, Writing, or Spanish.  

Students may become involved in the Spanish Club, the Spanish honor society Sigma Delta Pi, the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta, and Writer's Roundtable. These organizations promote the study of language and literature.

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Dr. Kathryn Lane, Chair
Associate Professor of English
Vinson Hall 210
Northwestern - Alva
(580) 327-8470

Student Spotlight
Chandler Steckbeck, Enid, OK, 2017 Graduate 

Chandler Steckbeck

"An English degree prepares you with skills in communication, analysis, and time management, or, everything you need to succeed in any field. I've learned how to balance my time and take gentle criticism; two things I am sure will come in handy in the future as I want to teach English at the University level. I plan to go to graduate school and eventually earn a Ph.D. in English. I know my time at Northwestern, and especially in this program, has prepared me to do just that."


Fall 2020 Events

  • Drama Read-A-Round, October 22, The Odd Couple
  • ​Writing Marathon—Friday, October 12th, via Zoom   

Spring 2021 Events

  • Visiting Writer—T.B.A. 
  • EFLH Scholarship applications are due by Feb. 15th to Dr. Lane.



Degrees Offered

Guided by the principles of Northwestern's mission, the English program offers courses in literature and composition to develop creative and critical thinking skills, leading to successful performance in written communication required for success in a rapidly changing global environment. In addition, the program encourages innovative and interactive learning through computer technologies, engages students as participants in the construction of knowledge, and involves them in the analysis and creation of texts and discourse through historical, cultural, visual, and rhetorical contexts. Furthermore, English courses foster a sense of intellectual community between faculty and students by cultivating discussions about literature, rhetoric, writing, film studies, and pedagogy. They stimulate intellectual curiosity and creativity, leading to original and independent thinking in order to prepare students to teach in the public school, to enter graduate programs, or to qualify for careers in non-academic environments.

We offer:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
  • Minors in Spanish, English, Writing

For a detailed look at the course requirements and descriptions for these degrees, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.

Course Rotations

Course Rotations


Scholarship opportunities are available for students in this department.

All incoming freshmen or transfers are encouraged to fill out their respective scholarship forms: Freshman Scholarship or Transfer Scholarship along with the Application for Admission to the University. The incoming freshman deadline is May 15, while the transfer student deadline is July 15.

Current students have until March 15 for academic scholarships using the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.

For departmental scholarships you will need to fill out a form provided by the department chair by February 15.

Departmental scholarships available in this area and more can be found at https://ournorthwestern.org/make-an-investment/scholarships, including numerous miscellaneous unspecified scholarships.

For more information, please visit Scholarships.

Departmental Program Highlights

  • 80% English & English Education graduates have full-time jobs in their chosen field within 3 months of graduation.
  • 15% of graduates choose to pursue graduate studies.
  • All graduates are gainfully employed within 6 months of completing their degree.
  • The department hosts the Visiting Writer event every spring, bringing diverse Oklahoma authors to NWOSU.
  • The first location/university department to host a Writing Marathon in the state of Oklahoma.
  • Dr. Kathryn Lane won the John Sheffield Outstanding Teaching Award in 2015.
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