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English Major

The Bachelor of Arts in English program at Cornerstone University provides specialized knowledge in critical thinking, analysis, writing, research, and grammar that adds value in a broad range of careers and workplace settings. Classes in literary analysis, creative writing, language learning, and more prepare students to consider the complexity and beauty of the human experience while developing workplace-ready communication skills.

With a major in English, you will:

  • Explore the history of what it means to be human through the lens of a Christian worldview while reading writers from around the globe and across centuries.
  • Practice literary interpretation and evaluation in various periods of imaginative literature.
  • Enhance your understanding of history, sociology, and the written word by gaining insights into the form, style, and function utilized by authors.
  • Cultivate your gifts of writing, research, and speaking to communicate ideas with persuasiveness, accuracy, creativity, and empathy.
  • Examine a Christian theology of language learning while developing the ability to communicate in a new language.
  • Develop creative habits and disciplines while participating in student organizations such as the English Society which publishes a literary journal titled The Makeshift Review or providing writing support with an on-campus job in the Writing Center.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Arts


  • On Campus


  • Grand Rapids


Cornerstone English majors gain real-world professional experience through an internship with employment partners around West Michigan and across the nation. Each internship provides hands-on experience in areas such as writing, publishing and editing.


  • Our Daily Bread Ministries
  • Baker Publishing Group
  • Revue Magazine


English majors from Cornerstone University have a wide array of career paths ahead of them. Some go on to graduate school to become teachers or librarians, and others accept job positions in editing, publishing, and more.


  • Archivist
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Librarian
  • Narrator
  • Paralegal
  • Professional Proofreader
  • Technical Writer


Of Humanities Division graduates from the class of 2019 were employed or enrolled in graduate schools within six months of graduation.


Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.


Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.

Program Features

The English program at Cornerstone is designed to inspire your intellect, deepen your character, and prepare you to lead in your career with influence and wisdom.

The Writing Center

The Center for Academic Success at Cornerstone offers one-on-one writing guidance and support for each stage of the writing process through the Writing Center located in Miller Library.

Study Abroad Opportunities

As an undergraduate student, you will have the opportunity to study abroad in places such as Oxford, England; Ecuador; France; Italy; South Africa; or Spain.

The Makeshift Review

Participate in the publishing process as an undergraduate student! Write and publish stories that are creative, thoughtful, and meaningful as a contributor to Cornerstone’s student-run literary journal produced by the English Society, a common interest group for students majoring or interested in literature or writing.

Creativity & Innovation Honors Institute

Consider enduring questions while reading widely from the Western Canon as a student in the Creativity & Innovation Honors Institute at Cornerstone University. Undergraduate students who complete the cutting-edge honors program receive a second major in creativity and innovation. Review the honors program webpage for application deadlines and admission requirements.

Cornerstone helped me to better understand what it means to live as a Christian in all areas of my life.

Beth Stolicker (’17)


CU professors are devoted to the success of our students. Select a faculty member to learn more about their campus involvement, research interests and teaching responsibilities.

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The School of Ministry, Media & the Arts offers a wide range of majors that can be tailored to your interests. Check out other programs related to English.

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