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English programs at Northwestern Oklahoma State University offer a full range of courses in American, British, and world literatures in addition to courses in creative writing, film studies, technical writing, and advanced composition in order to prepare students for academic and non-academic professional endeavors.  Students will find a wide selection of courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in English or in English Education.

Students will want to take advantage of Sigma Tau Delta, which offers outlets for intellectual discussion and creativity. Sigma Tau Delta, whose colors are red and black, is an international English honors society, which supports literary excellence among students by offering scholarships, writing awards, and participation in professional conferences.

To learn more about how you can be a part of the English Program at Northwestern, please stop by and see of any our English faculty. Our offices are on the second floor of Vinson Hall.


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


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The primary purpose of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University scholarship and award program is to recognize and reward the academic excellence of entering, transferring, and continuing students.  The scholarship programs are funded by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the generosity of the University faculty and staff, the Northwestern Alumni, local business and professional people, civic and service organizations, private citizens, and from the earnings, endowments, and gifts to the Northwestern Foundation, Inc. These awards are offered each year to capable students whose participation, academic achievement, and/or leadership efforts merit recognition.  For more information about scholarships, please call the Financial Aid/Scholarship Office in Herod Hall: (580) 327-8540.


All incoming freshmen or transfers are encouraged to fill out the Scholarship Application for Freshmen and Transfers, which should be submitted 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 and February 15 for departmental scholarships. Please use the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.

For departmental scholarships you will need to fill out both the Continuing Student form and one provided by the department chair.

For more information, please visit Scholarships.

A list of the scholarships available in the English area include:

Gladys Bingham-Dotter Scholarship 

This scholarship is awarded to a full-time junior or senior majoring in English with a 3.00 CGPA. Preference will be given to applicants from the Northwestern service area.

Judy Jenlink Language Arts Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a full-time junior or senior majoring in English Education with a 3.25 CGPA. The candidate must also be active in at least one campus organization

Agnes Lebeda Writing Award 

The Lebeda Award is granted to a full-time senior or graduate student majoring in English with a 3.50 CGPA. All inquiries should be directed to the English Department. 

The Milt and Becky Lehr Award 

The Lehr Award is given to a full-time sophomore student who has been admitted to the Teacher Education Program and who is majoring in Elementary Education, English, or Mathematics. The English Department awards this scholarship every third year.

Gloria Piersall Scholarship 

This scholarship is awarded to a full-time English major with a CGPA of 2.50.

Fran Wadley Slack Scholarship 

This scholarship is awarded to a full-time junior or senior English major or minor with a CGPA of 3.00.

Careers for Degree

What Can I Do with an English Degree?

  • Writing/Editing
  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism
  • Free-lance
  • Technical Writing
  • Literature-Related
  • Librarian/Information Specialist
  • Publishing
  • Media & Public Relations
  • Translator
  • Abstractor
  • Researcher
  • Education
  • Publishing
  • Magazines/Books
  • Editorial
  • Advertising Sales/Marketing
  • Circulation
  • Production
  • Publicity
  • Advertising
  • Creative
  • Media
  • Research
  • Public Relations
  • Paralegal
  • Banking
  • Business/Industry
  • Retailing

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will identify significant literary works, authors, and movements as a requisite skill for literary analysis.

Drawing upon both primary and secondary sources, students will critique one or more literary works in a research paper or project.

Students will compose a multi-paragraph extemporaneous response that demonstrates competence in grammar, mechanics, and organization.

Students will articulate a succinct and coherent literary philosophy.

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