Major & Minor
Studying English at Bushnell University equips you with skills, such as communication, interpersonal skills, and analytical skills, which are of fundamental importance both in a career and in living a meaningful life.
Writing helps us to understand and be understood. It allows us to shape, to form, to comprehend. Writing forces us to think deeply about and achieve mastery over an issue, and then to present those thoughts in a clear, logical manner for others to comprehend. Writing well requires both complexities of thought and form.
James Watson, Ph.D.
Why Choose Bushnell?
The English major will call students to action, and help you to make sense of the world in which we live. By revealing the deep complexity of human experience, literature enriches our understanding of the complexities in our own lives. It teaches us to see the great beauty and the deep sorrow inherent in life. Most of all, however, by revealing different truths about the world and human experience, it helps us better understand God, who as Truth and Creator continually reveals Himself in the world.
- Creative Writing
- Written Communication
Graduates of this program will:
- Communication skills: to express one’s ideas with clarity and precision; to identify and be sensitive to one’s audience; to write and speak incisively, persuasively, creatively
- Interpersonal skills: to recognize the complexity of human experience as it is depicted in great literature; to identify and dialogue with diverse voices and ideas; to empathize with those who think differently from us
- Research skills: to find an appropriate range and depth of sources; to dig deeper and identify intricacies in texts; to categorize ideas; to build upon the wealth of knowledge that already exists
- Analytical skills: to see multiple dimensions of a problem; to identify and describe patterns, order, form, beauty, and purpose; to create connections—between the texts and their rich historical, philosophical, and social contexts, between the texts and their real life applications, and between texts and the Christian faith
ENG 202 Introduction to Literature and Film
This course will consider the art of narrative storytelling in film and focus on symbols, themes, and other literary devices used in movies.
ENG 325 Christianity and Literature
This course considers Christianity as it is presented by some of the Christian faith’s best storytellers. We will explore the intersection of Christianity and literature and analyze Christian themes and theology in writers such as Dante, John Bunyan, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Flannery O’Connor.
Beacon Points of Pride
- 100% of traditions undergraduates students graduate with at least 135 hours of field experience
- 190 company and school internship and field experience partners
- The National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) reported a 100-percent pass rate for Bushnell students on the national exams (NCE & NCMHE) over the last year. Bushnell students score on average higher than the national averages on 12 of the 14 exam areas
- According to EDsmart.org, a nationally recognized publisher of college resources and rankings, Bushnell University is ranked 2nd in the state of Oregon among fully accredited universities and colleges
Careers with a bachelor’s degree in English include:
- TV Producer or Writer
- Technical Writer
- Public Relations
- Research Analyst
- Author, Ghostwriter, or Freelance Writer
- Professional Blogger/Web Writer
Students have recently interned at book publishers in town, non-profits, magazines and college professors.
Life After Graduation
A sampling of where our graduates are employed include:
- Community Service Officer, University of Oregon Police (Eugene)
- Corrections Education Navigator (Portland)
- Juvenile Justice Specialist (Lane County)
- Influential fashion vlogger in New York City
- TESOL teachers: Poland and China and other places
Additionally, some of our graduates have recently been enrolled in the following graduate programs:
- University of Pennsylvania
- Eastern Illinois University
- University of Oregon
Life at Bushnell
-Gabrielle Morales '19
-Jessica Woods, Class of 2024
Meet the Faculty
James Watson, Ph.D. Program Director
“The craft of writing— and the depth and breadth of abstract thought necessary to support doing it well— is fundamental to engagement in almost any industry. CEO’s consistently list ‘written communication’ as the single most desired skill for prospective new hires.
As both the world and the workplace continue to evolve rapidly, the core competencies of critical thinking, intuitive problem solving, and the ability to comprehend complex and ambiguous conceptual landscapes will continue to be central to professional success.”