What will I learn?

The Department of English is a community of active scholars and writers dedicated to helping students form a deeper sense of themselves and the world. We celebrate the beauty of words and emphasize the power of language as a path towards that goal. Our program seeks to enhance students’ creative, analytical, and practical writing skills, and we do so by offering courses that emphasize cultural, historical and theoretical approaches to literature, film, multimodal texts, and the creative process. Through a broad range of courses, we affirm the importance of creating and carefully understanding all forms of discourse. As a department, we value well-crafted arguments, sophisticated analyses, elegant writing, and thoughtful engagement with research. We help students hone their critical thinking and writing skills in ways both creative and practical.


The Department of English is eager to welcome you into our community of scholars, united by a shared belief in the value of reading and writing well and thinking critically about the world around us. Our passion for what we do is but one reason that studying English at Gonzaga is a unique experience for students. There are several others. First, our recently revised curriculum invites students to sample broadly across historical periods, genres, and national borders so as to create a major that is at once educative and personalized. Second, our department culture is vibrant, robust, and most importantly, student centered; both in and outside of the classroom, we offer students a myriad of opportunities to grow and learn. These opportunities include working on an oral history project in the local community; meeting with esteemed visiting writers to talk with them about their craft; and interning with faculty on a nationally-recognized literary website. Finally, here you will find faculty who are eager to mentor our students, helping them seek out opportunities for intellectual and professional development at Gonzaga as well as advising them as they determine their future career paths.

The B.A. in English-Literature Concentration focuses primarily on the study of literature and requires students to take classes across a range of historical periods and genres: • Literature 1660 or before • British Literature 1660-1914 • American Literature pre-1914 • Post 1914 Literature • Non-Literature Broadening • Senior Seminar

The B.A. in English-Writing Concentration requires students to sample classes from the literary periods above, but the rest of their curriculum consists of various writing courses of their choice. Elective courses include: • Creative Nonfiction • Fiction Writing • Poetry Writing • Professional and Technical Writing


Gonzaga University’s rigorous English curriculum stimulates personal and intellectual growth. Rooted in the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm, our program values Experience, Reflection, and Action. Faculty and students engage in the practice of critical inquiry in the careful use of language, and we take seriously the study of how writing both reflects and creates our society. The Department of English recently restructured its major in order to bring our program more in line with current innovative practices in and approaches to studying language and literature. The new curriculum represents the diversity of faculty expertise as well as the department’s belief that students should have more flexibility within their curricular choices. Founded on solid introductory writing and literature courses and covering a variety of genres, time periods, and theoretical approaches to texts, the English major now offers two areas of emphasis: a Literature Concentration and a Writing Concentration.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (128 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$48,990.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected July, December 2022

Start date

Expected January, August 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

502 East Boone Avenue,



99258, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

As an applicant for admission, you are expected to graduate from an accredited high school with a college preparatory curriculum.

For international students

As an applicant for admission, you are expected to graduate from an accredited high school with a college preparatory curriculum.

iBT / TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT: 80+

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6.5+

PTE (Pearson Test of English) 56+

iTEP Academic Plus 4.5+

Application Deadline

Fall: July 1; Spring: December 7

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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