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Undergraduate Programs

English Major - Creative Writing Emphasis

  • Explore different kinds of writing styles and forms, from memoir to short story.
  • Develop a sense of literary community through workshops.
  • Gain exposure! Many of our students have been featured in the Adventist Review, Spectrum Magazine, Guide Magazine, Primary Treasure, and Our Little Friend.

English Major - Literature Emphasis

  • Engage in the lives and works of some of the world’s best-known authors.
  • Employ cultural analysis and critical thinking.
  • Find your favorite niche—we offer everything from Shakespeare to Southwestern Literature.

Drama Minor

  • Utilize unique opportunities to perform in, direct, and write for on-campus productions.
  • Earn practical experience in various “behind the scenes” areas such as design, set construction, managing the house, and costuming.
  • 32 units of which 16 units must be upper division (300-400 level).

English Minor

  • Experience a taste of the English major—this program includes slices from both the Creative Writing and Literature Emphases.

Liberal Studies Emphases

  • English— 24 units to be taken in addition to the 72 units of Core Curriculum of the Liberal Studies major
  • Drama— 20 units to be taken in addition to the 72 units of Core Curriculum of the Liberal Studies major


Alumni Profile

Katharine Huffman (BA 2013)

I loved the balance between the writing and literature courses. I benefited from the small class sizes because I got to know my fellow classmates and my professors so well.”


Why La Sierra?

I knew I wanted to study English, and knew from the many alumni in my family about the quality of education at La Sierra. Following in their footsteps seemed like the best choice.


What I gained:

Internship experience, editing practice in creative writing workshops, and a long list of classic literature repertoire.


What I’m doing now:

I am earning my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Chapman University and I will be working part time at Saddleback Educational Publishing, where I interned as a La Sierra student.


Contact Us

Department of English

La Sierra University

4500 Riverwalk Parkway

Riverside, CA 92515











Office Location:

South Hall

Room 101


Summer Office Hours:

Monday—Friday, 9 AM to 1 PM


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