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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 and Writer's Roundtable, organizations that help students make connections with their literature-loving peers.

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. Roxie James, Chair
Associate Professor of English
Vinson Hall 210
Northwestern - Alva
(580) 327-8474


Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society.

Writer's Roundtable, a creative writing group open to all faculty, staff, and students.


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
  • Advertising Sales/Marketing
  • Circulation
  • Production
  • Publicity
  • Advertising
  • Creative
  • Media
  • Research
  • Public Relations
  • Paralegal
  • Banking
  • Business/Industry
  • Publishing

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.

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
  • Minors in English, Writing, and Spanish

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


Scholarship opportunities are available for students in this department!

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

Use the English, Foreign Language, and Humanities Department Scholarship Application Form to apply for foundation/departmental scholarships by February 15.

  • Gladys Bingham-Dotter Scholarship: 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: 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: Granted to a full-time senior or graduate student majoring in English with a 3.50 CGPA. 
  • The Milt and Becky Lehr Award: 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: Awarded to a full-time English major with a CGPA of 2.50.
  • Fran Wadley Slack Scholarship: Awarded to a full-time junior or senior English major or minor with a CGPA of 3.00.

For more information, please visit Scholarships.

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