North Central College - Naperville, IL

English Studies

Why choose English Studies at North Central College?

Using language effectively—reading deeply and writing clearly—are skills developed by a major in English Studies and are necessary and valuable for a wide range of careers. As you read historical and contemporary literary texts, you'll reflect upon global issues and consider connections across disciplines. You can learn about the value of writing to public debate and civic life through courses like Writing for Social Change. As a Writing Center tutor and as a writer or editor for the award-winning student newspaper The Chronicle, student humor magazine The Kindling and student literary magazine North Central Review, you'll gain valuable practical experience. And you'll top it off by collecting and reflecting upon your best work in a senior portfolio class.

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Three North Central College faculty members are chosen to serve as judges for the Naperville Public Library’s annual Teen Poetry Contest during April.
Michael Lunberg, Consistorial Councillor in Berlin and Brandenburg
North Central College hosts a two-day symposium, April 7-8, featuring a documentary screening, guest speaker, colloquium and exhibition of historical posters.
Kevin Jackman ’14
North Central College students earn national recognition from College Media Association for ncclinked.com.

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Internships

  • Technology representative, Callaway Golf, Oswego, IL
  • Journalist, Morris Daily Herald, Morris, IL
  • Podcasting intern, 670 The Score, Chicago, IL
  • Writing, social media intern, Humanitarian Service Project, Carol Stream, IL
  • Research and copyediting intern, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Lisle, IL
  • Journalism intern, Journal & Topics Newspapers, Des Plaines, IL
  • Digital media intern, NextMedia360, Plainfield, IL
  • Production intern, WBBM 105.9FM/780AM, Chicago, IL
  • Media relations itern, Chicago Slaughter, Hoffman Estates, IL
  • Marketing intern, Grundy County Board, Morris, IL

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in English have been accepted at:

  • Northwestern University
  • McGill University
  • Loyola University
  • University of Texas
  • University of Minnesota
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Creighton University
  • Butler University
  • University of Montana
  • University of South Dakota
  • West Virginia University

Careers

Recent graduates in English include:

  • Director of marketing and communications, American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, Chicago
  • Art gallery owner, Arnould Gallery, Marblehead, MA
  • Assistant professor of English with an emphasis on digital literacy, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • High school teacher at East Aurora High School
  • Administrator for The Center for Cultural Exchange
  • Lawyer at Raymond G. Wigell, Ltd.
English Studies: Concentration in Writing major

The College Scholars program, robust study abroad programs, and variety of research grants attracted Laurel to North Central. Once here, she took advantage of every opportunity. Interested in public policy journalism, she traveled to London to study British impressions of the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign. She attended a taping of the “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to research the culture of political satire. And she presented the results of both projects at the National Conferences for Undergraduate Research.

Co-editor-in-chief of North Central’s student newspaper, The Chronicle, Laurel...

English Studies major

During a transfer visit day at North Central College, Kira realized she found the right place to finish her degree. “I remember experiencing the college tour, but the standout part of the day was talking to knowledgeable people from the different departments and offices. I was so impressed when I met with the financial aid representative because I felt other schools weren’t interested in helping a nontraditional student like me afford a quality education.”

Other factors for choosing North Central were location, liberal arts curriculum and knowledgeable faculty.  “The school had an amazing reputation and cared about each of the students.”

Kira developed strong relationships with many English...

English Studies major

It didn’t take long for Troy to realize that a North Central education involves much more than simply attending class. The English studies major started writing for the College’s student newspaper during his freshman year, and additional opportunities poured in from his advisors and professors week after week.

“My email inbox is often crowded with notifications (about internships),” he says. “If you’re looking for opportunities to get real-world experience for a future career, you’ll find them here.”

Troy would like to write for a major newspaper, magazine or website after he graduates. North Central’s emphasis on...

English Studies major

Katherine’s goal in selecting a college was to find one small enough so her professors would know who she was. “I wanted to feel like my opinions and my presence were going to be important. North Central’s English faculty members are very encouraging and supportive.”

In addition to majoring in English Studies with a concentration in writing, Katherine’s other passion is theatre. She wrote and directed the play “Under the Circumstances,” which was selected by North Central theatre faculty as part of the College’s Student Director Series.

“An experience that had the biggest effect on me was studying abroad at the University of Essex. I will never forget those friends. Studying abroad gave me the...