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.

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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.

David A. Romero
“Use Your Allusions”

David A. Romero, a Mexican-American spoken word artist, presented his poetry workshop “Use Your Allusions” virtually for students, faculty, and staff. Romero is the author of My Name is Romero and has appeared at more than 75 colleges and universities in 30 states. His work has been published in literary magazines in the U.S., England, and Canada, and he has won the Uptown Slam at the historical Green Mill in Chicago. The event was hosted by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultural Studies; The Castle; Slife Professorship in Humanities; and SALSA.

Nationally-touring spoken word artist and poet David A. Romero presents his poetry workshop "Use Your Allusions" virtually for The Castle literary magazine and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA.


Joyce Boss

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

Rachel Ellen Clark

Associate Professor of English

Sonja Lynch

Associate Professor of English

Amy Nolan

Professor of English