Reading, writing, speaking, listening and visual literacy. At Olivet, students explore all aspects of language arts.
Olivet’s focus 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.

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pages in the 2019 issue of Olivet’s Tygr Student Art & Literary Magazine
network of Olivet alumni
Preparing for Your Career

Faculty members help to broaden the student experience through a variety of cultural and literary events in the community, in Chicago and abroad. They get to know students on a first name basis and often invite students into their homes.

Areas of Study

Starting freshman year, students receive instruction directly from their professors, instead of just reading and meeting a list of deadlines on their own. Professors are ready to prepare students for success. And they’re equally eager to pray with students!

Short Story Contest

Sharpen your pencils and charge up your laptops. The ONU English Department is sponsoring a short story contest for current ONU students, and we want to see your best work.

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Chicago's Literary Community Next Door

With convenient access to some of the top publishers, book sellers and writing professionals in the country, Olivet students often journey to Chicago for literary events. The American Writers Museum, the Poetry Foundation, the Chicago Public Library and the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest are just a few of the many draws.

Chicago Public Library

Student Publications

Our entire world is made up of elements, both literally and figuratively. There are elements of fire, water, air and earth. There are elements of fiction, of music, of electromagnetics. Tygr, the student art and literary magazine published each academic year, is dedicated to cultivating individual perceptions of the elements that make up our world. Written and published by students with faculty advisors, this magazine brings together a unique collection of Olivet’s creativity. 


New Major Introduced

The writing major has two distinct tracks: professional writing and creative writing. This major is intended to be a double major and pairs well with majors in the humanities as well as business and communication. 

Writing Major

Study Abroad

More than a dozen study abroad programs provide opportunity for experiencing the Christian faith in other cultures and countries.

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Mission Work

Missions in Action (M.I.A.) sponsors student mission trips to serve people living on the continents of Asia, Africa, South America, as well as in the U.S.

Missions in Action

Aurora Yearbook

English majors have opportunities to contribute articles for Olivet’s student yearbook. Finding the stories and capturing the personal angles are a creative pursuit.

Teaching Assistants

Students who excel in writing often work closely with their professors in presenting lectures, grading papers and tutoring at-risk students.

Meet the Faculty

Beth Schurman

Preparing the next generation of English teachers is a passion for Beth Schurman. She is an experienced high school English teacher and also a higher education teaching professional. In her work with student teachers, she observes them in their assigned classrooms. An accomplished writer and speaker, she has presented at the National Council of Teachers of English and the Midwest Association of Teacher Educators conferences.

English Faculty

Alumni Careers in English

Communications directors
Freelance writers

Teachers of English in other countries

English with a Christian Purpose

The best way to see if Olivet is a good fit for you is to visit the campus. We offer unique, customized visit days every weekday, and special Purple & Gold days, too, where you can get up close at all things ONU.

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