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Multnomah University Introduces a New English Major


Multnomah University has added a new English major to its curricular offerings. The English major builds on the success of the English minor introduced in 2007. For years, students have been asking for a more comprehensive English program, and the college's faculty and board of trustees felt a new major would best fill this need.

New classes include Creative Writing, Minority Voices in American Literature, and Senior Thesis, amongst others. The program will prepare students for graduate school, teaching, writing, and researching. Available fall 2011, the English Major will add the new classes over the next two years.

Multnomah's English Major is Different

The organizers of Multnomah's English major cite five reasons why their program is set apart from other English majors:

  1. Multnomah students take a more substantive core of Bible and theology courses, which leads to a more fully realized integration of God's Word in the English classroom.
  2. With these building blocks in place, students can now consider the importance of empathy. All of the learning and training in the world do little good unless moored securely to the abiding stay of love and compassion for others.
  3. The result of all this is civility, hospitality, and sincerity, grounded in God's love for us and for others. At Multnomah, English students will be encouraged toward these important truths throughout their time in the English program.
  4. In Multnomah's English program, students are not only trained to think expansively, but also responsibly. Forming ideas and reaching conclusions is difficult, but the benefits far outweigh the challenges, allowing students to think well.
  5. Students who think well are in a position to write well. Multnomah's English students are trained to write clearly and knowledgeably.

Find out more at the English program page on Multnomah University's website.


"We feel strongly that the English major will be popular with Multnomah students, growing numerically as the program develops and establishes itself." English Program Director, Dr. Doug Schaak, said. "Our goal is pretty heady: the transformation of students. We have tasked ourselves with the wonderful challenge-a privilege, really-of forming students, and this forming is actually a transforming as students undertake the arduous, exhilarating process of becoming educated, informed followers of Jesus Christ."

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About Multnomah

Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon, with teaching sites in Reno, Nevada, and Anchorage, Alaska. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, graduate programs, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's and master's degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements.