We’re a collaborative community where students and faculty challenge each other intellectually and creatively.

English students at Hope dive deep into literature of every kind and learn how to improve their writing with masters of the craft. Through composition, creative writing and literature classes, our students become more artistic in their scholarship and more knowledgeable in their creativity.

Small classes and one-on-one collaboration foster an environment that is both demanding and encouraging. We offer a wide range of unique courses taught by professors who love what they do and take joy in furthering their students intellectually, spiritually and socially. Being a part of our department is much more than time spent in class and individual coursework.

The department is dedicated to offering its students plenty of opportunities to supplement their learning and engage in it. From on-campus activities and guest speakers to volunteer opportunities, highly sought-after workshops and student-faculty collaboration, English students at Hope actively involve themselves in gaining practical experience and making unforgettable memories. Every student’s experience in the program is distinctive, tailored to his or her interests and passions. We work together and support each other.

Meet Some of our faculty And staff

We love our faculty and staff, and think you will, too. Get to know some of our English professors and hear them share about favorite authors, their favorite things about Hope and more.

Recent blog posts

  1. The Vienna Experience

    Posted by Raquel Niles

    By Emily Martin ’17 Austria—home of an iconic singing family, towering snow-covered Alps, an...

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  2. New School Year and Other New Stuff!

    Posted by Sarah Baar

    Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! We’ve just finished our first week of classes and whew! ...

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  3. How We Tell Stories Matters

    Posted by Raquel Niles

    By Duffy Lampen ’17 Humanity has been telling stories for thousands of years. From cave painti...

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  4. Time to Write

    Posted by Trevor Sooy

    By: Julie Oosterink ’13 50 is the maximum number of books a student can check out from Van Wyl...

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  5. Novels: How I Discovered I was on the Right Career Path

    Posted by Trevor Sooy

    By Lauren Marchany ’17 Majoring in English allows for a wide variety of career choices. My goa...

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  6. Faculty Writing Camp Reflections

    Posted by Trevor Sooy

    By Regan Postma-Montaño This past June I joined eight other faculty (including Marla Lunderberg and...

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