where academic investigation +
christian faith +
service to others unite

The La Sierra University Advantage

  • Meet renowned authors.
  • Join the Alpha Iota Upsilon chapter of Sigma Tau Delta.
  • Get your work published.
  • Take fun classes, such as Intro to Acting, Humor Writing, and Tolkien from engaging professors.
  • Experience the Southern California art scene.
  • Benefit from small class sizes.
  • Present at a conference.
  • Get internships at publishing houses, newspapers, and magazines.

Join us to prepare for careers where the crafting of written materials and the precision of word use are of vital importance.

We offer the following:

Minors

  • Drama
  • English

Did you know?

We also offer a Master of Arts in English!

Employment Outlook

English Major graduates are qualified for certain positions in teaching, public relations, editing, reporting, copywriting, writing, and business. They may also choose English as a base for graduate study in language, literature, journalism, public relations, librarianship, business, law, and medicine.
English is one of the most highly recommended pre-professional majors, especially for areas like law and business.

Why Study English?

  • It helps us to understand who we are and shows us what we can become.
  • It provides a history of what ideas have been important through the ages.
  • It introduces us to new cultures and modes of thought.
  • It encourages empathy and brings emotional healing.
  • It develops and showcases creativity.

Choose from two emphases: literature and writing. English studies are designed to increase both critical thinking and effective writing skills. Develop a sense of literary context and connectivity as you prepare for further education at the graduate level, or for careers where the crafting of written materials and the precision of word use are of vital importance.

English Undergraduate Programs

Creative Writing Emphasis Bachelor of Arts

  • Explore different writing styles and forms, from memoir to short story.
  • Develop a sense of literary community through workshops.
  • Get published!

English studies are designed to increase both critical thinking and effective writing skills and to develop a sense of literary context and connectivity.

Fast Facts English program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units66
AccreditationWASC

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.

Kathrine Huffman

Writing for the World

Our talented students have been published in the Adventist Review, Spectrum Magazine, Adventist Today, Insight Magazine, Guide Magazine, Primary Treasure, and Our Little Friend. “I’m so excited,” students generally say when their acceptance letters—and checks—arrive. In the Writing for Publication course, students analyze three magazines, talk to editors, write three pieces over the course of the quarter, workshop the pieces, revise them, and submit them.

4 Signs You Might Be Perfect for Sigma Tau Delta

  1. You've been known to choose to read instead of sleep
  2. You're the one in your friend group who helps everyone with their writing.
  3. You dream of writing the next big novel, poem, or script.

If any of these sound familiar, we would love to talk to you about joining the Alpha Iota Upsilon chapter of Sigma Tau Delta!

Visit lasierra.edu/sigmataudelta for more information

Literature Emphasis Bachelor of Arts

  • 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.

English studies are designed to increase both critical thinking and effective writing skills and to develop a sense of literary context and connectivity.

Fast Facts Literature Emphasis

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units66
AccreditationWASC

Meet our Faculty

Lora E. Geriguis
Chair
Winona R. Howe
Chair
Marilynn Loveless
Melissa Brotton
Sam McBride
Sari Fordham
Deborah Higgens
Assistant Professor of English
Erica Gonzales
Robert Dunn

Paying for College

The Student Financial Services office is here to help with financial aid processes. The staff also keeps up to date on scholarships that could benefit La Sierra students.

Choosing Classes

First-year students meet with their academic coach/advisor each week for their first two quarters. Then they are assigned an advisor from their major department who will help them choose the classes they need to complete their program.

Beyond Class

A lot of learning takes place outside of the classroom. The Division of Student Life is headquarters for student government, activities, organizations, spiritual life, and much more to enhance your college experience.

Career Center

We want you to find a good job after you finish your degree at La Sierra. A new Career Center, located in the Zapara School of Business, is expected to open before the end of fall quarter.

University Studies

All undergraduate students at La Sierra University participate in a comprehensive general education curriculum called University Studies, which is rooted in the concept of liberal education as a formative and transformative process. University Studies offers an integrated curriculum that:

  • stimulates the meaning-centered development of its students.
  • familiarizes students with the various academic disciplines.
  • exposes students to intercultural, international and inter-ethnic concerns.
  • encourages students to recognize the importance of developing a personal value system to distinguish between right and wrong.

Contact and Location

english@lasierra.edu

951.785.2241
South Hall - Room 101