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  • Reading, writing, speaking, listening, linguistics and visual literacy. In Olivet’s Department of English, you will explore all aspects of language arts!

  • Reading, writing, speaking, listening, and visual literacy. At Olivet, you will explore all aspects of language arts!

    Our mission is to teach students to communicate effectively, to interact critically with a wide range of texts, and to apply these skills in their lives of service to God and humanity.

    Our department is small enough for faculty to know our students on a first name basis. Professors often invite students into their homes. They help to broaden the student experience through a variety of cultural and literary events in the community, in Chicago and abroad.

    Putting knowledge to work

    In addition to the solid education our students receive in the classroom, there are many opportunities outside the classroom. Our students can:
    • Participate in study abroad opportunities 
    • Attend literary events in Chicago
    • Join the English honor society (Sigma Tau Delta society, Tau Theta chapter) 
    • Help create the Tygr magazine, a literary and art magazine produced by students for students

    Alumni careers include: teachers, librarians, ministers, teachers of English in other countries, lawyers, paralegals, editors, journalists, freelance writers, communications directors, college professors.

    Areas of study

    English, B.A.
    English Teaching, B.S.
    English as a Second Language, minor