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The English major at Lenoir-Rhyne University offers undergraduate students the chance to develop their writing and reading skills while studying an eclectic range of texts from the British, American, and world traditions. Students work closely with faculty in small classes, reading and engaging in thought-provoking discussions about all aspects of literature. The curriculum of the English major not only teaches students about literature, it also focuses on the skills that students learn from the study of literature – skills like critical thinking, research, collaborative work, and editing.

Lenoir-Rhyne's English major has two tracks that students may pursue: a Literature track and a Creative Writing track. Both tracks provide students a strong foundation in writing and literary study. At the advanced level, students in the literature track have the opportunity to delve into study of writers and ideas that particularly interest them. Students in the creative writing track participate in small workshops and tutorials to create poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Both tracks are designed to challenge students intellectually and help them develop a true appreciation of literature while gaining marketable analytical and communication skills.

English majors are supported by a team of highly qualified and dedicated faculty members – active scholars who present and publish academic research and creative pieces - who remain committed to the idea of working closely with students individually or in small groups, in and outside of the classroom.


Educational opportunities provided through the English major extend beyond the classroom. Each spring, students have the opportunity to study with the Visiting Writer in Residence, a professional author or writer who traditionally teaches a creative writing class at LR. Students can also participate in the LRU Visiting Writers Series, which brings internationally recognized novelists, poets, and dramatists to the campus each year. There are also opportunities for students to submit their creative work for publication in the campus literary magazine, Cantos, or to write for the campus newspaper, LRN Monthly. Internships on campus or in the community give students the chance to put their skills into action.


Through the English major, students learn the critical and analytical skills that will help prepare them for a range of graduate programs and rewarding career choices. Professional fields that rely on communication and writing are especially good opportunities: Journalism and Public Relations; Business and Marketing; the Fine Arts; and Education/Teaching.

Students majoring in either the literature or creative writing track may consider taking advantage of Lenoir-Rhyne's Bridges to Dreams program, an innovative curriculum that enables students to complete both the bachelor's degree and master's degree in just five years. Students can select a multitude of graduate level programs offered through Lenoir-Rhyne such as a Master of Arts in Teaching, its MA in Writing, or a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Through LR’s innovative Bridges to Dreams and Alumni Advantage programs, students who complete their undergraduate degrees at Lenoir-Rhyne University are able to complete their graduate degrees in shorter time and at significantly less expense.



At Lenoir-Rhyne, students can earn a BA in English in either the literature or creative writing tracks. Minors are also offered in English and in creative writing.

English Major Requirements

A Master of Arts in Writing is offered exclusively at the LRU Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville.

Program Contact

Dr. Jennifer Heller

Professor of English, Dean of College of Fine Arts and Communication
Hickory Campus