ENGLISH + LITERATURE

 Wartburg College offers majors in English and English education. Secondary teaching certification is available in English and all modern languages. This flexible program also can prepare students for a wide range of careers through concentrations in literature, creative writing, and film and performance studies.

These majors provide exciting opportunities to explore language, literature, and culture and to develop writing skills applicable in a variety of  fields. Pursuing your degree at Wartburg will prepare you for careers requiring communication skills and sensitivity to the breadth of human experience.

Graduates work in human services, mass media, publishing, technical writing, and business; teach in secondary schools; or continue their education in business, law, English, and other graduate and professional degree programs.

MAY TERM

May Term is an ideal time to ideal time for off-campus travel and study. Faculty members accompany students on a variety of courses.

A tight-knit mentoring community. WORTH IT.

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Wartburg students attend and present at conferences of many of the following national associations.

ICCC
mla
ncte
IHSSA

Alumni Outcomes

Wartburg graduates find satisfying jobs and are admitted into top graduate and professional schools. Wartburg alumni can be found in all 50 U.S. states and over 70 foreign countries. Below is only a sample of the types of positions Wartburg graduates from the English and Modern Languages Department have had in the past.

Sample of Alumni Positions from the Past Five Years:

  • English Teacher, Mt. Pleasant High School, Mt. Pleasant
  • Graduate Student, Law
  • Spanish Teacher, Canutillo High School, El Paso, Texas
  • German Teacher, Oak Hills High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Graduate Student, Ph.D.
  • Associate Pastor, St. Paul Lutheran Church, East Windsor, N.J.

Sample of Alumni Positions from the Past 10 Years:

  • Attorney, Black Hawk County Attorney’s Office, Waterloo
  • Spanish Teacher, Pembroke Pines Charter High School, Pembroke, Fla.
  • Spanish Interpreter, Northfield Hospital, Northfield, Minn.
  • French Teacher, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, Ill.
  • Graduate Student-Ethnic and Multicultural Studies
  • Attorney, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Minneapolis, Minn.

Sample Stand-out Alumni Positions:

  • Director of External Relations, Oceanic Preservation Society, Calif.
  • District Court Judge, 7th Judicial District Court, Saint Cloud, Minn.
  • Owner/CEO, The Cup Man, Inc. Chicago, Ill.
  • Owner, Crossroads Books, Eau Claire, Wis.
  • Executive Director, Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association, Park Ridge, Ill.
  • FBI Special Agent, Minneapolis FBI Office, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Professor of Law, New England School of Law, Boston, Mass.
Sarah Voels

Sarah Voels ’09
Materials Librarian, Cedar Rapids Public Library

“There are so many things you can do with an English degree. People truly don’t realize it. That exposure to different stories and different story-telling techniques has helped to shape my thinking outside the box, to be a more creative yet empathetic problem-solver.” [READ MORE]

FACULTY

Joyce Boss

Professor of English; Co-Director, Multicultural and Diversity Studies

Rachel Clark

Assistant Professor of English

Lizabeth Gehring

Assistant Professor of English Education

Yvonne Losch

Assistant Professor of German

Sonja Lynch

Associate Professor of English

Amy Nolan

Associate Professor of English