Would you enjoy writing for a newspaper, magazine or website? Are you interested in teaching others about creative writing? Or maybe you would like to gain a strong foundation for law school or graduate school?

Our English majors go on to work for advertising agencies, public relations firms, businesses and even other colleges and universities. Interested in freelance? We can teach you how to do that too.

The English department commits itself to developing graduates who can read critically and communicate effectively and who understand the changing nature of language.
We offer an English major, minor, teaching licensure and ESL endorsement. See our Catalog for program and course descriptions.
Possessing expertise in American literature and English literature, our faculty also demonstrate strong teaching skills in computer-aided design, linguistics, poetry, and composition.
McPherson College offers scholarships and financial assistance to all of its students.
MC Writes is a campus club that seeks to provide a stimulating and nurturing environment for students who are actively interested in creative writing.

From the English faculty:

“I teach with passion and compassion. As I prepare each lesson I consider not just what I want students to know, but also what I want them to be able to do. I believe one learns a skill by practicing that skill, and thus I aim for my classes to be as interactive as possible. Treating each student as an individual and meeting each student at his or her current skill level are central to my teaching philosophy. I know my students have great ideas, whether those ideas are about business, automotive restoration, biology, art, or any discipline; my job, I believe, is to support students in expressing those great ideas via the spoken and written word.”
“Opinions. Everyone has them, but what makes ours better than those of others? It certainly is not determined by whose is yelled the loudest. As an educator and professor of College Composition, I teach students the importance of viewing all sides of issues, how and where to search those out themselves, to discern quality sources, and then to articulate their opinions with support and productive civility. As a professor of Young Adult Literature, I have a responsibility to expose students to a myriad of topics and situations through literature that they might not otherwise experience firsthand, teaching them empathy and understanding–two virtues we need in abundance. “
“I tell my students on the first day of class to think of me as their writing coach, and to prepare themselves for an intense, diverse, creative writing experience. The ability to communicate clearly will set them apart in the job market, and even more importantly, will help my students to know themselves better.  My promise to my students is that I will remain throughout the semester 100 percent invested in helping them to develop a writing process. I love my job. I love to witness the incremental growth of my students as they begin to see themselves, sometimes for the first time, as writers.”
“I love helping people tell their stories and understand other people’s stories. You can’t hate people if you know their stories, and so I think a mind well furnished with stories is a pleasant place to live. That’s why I teach writing and literature.”