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College of Arts and Sciences

Location: Crete
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Doane University’s English Undergraduate degree is designed to build a sound foundation in general literacy for a variety of possible professions, from editing and writing to teaching and law. An English major provides strong preparation for graduate study through the core required courses.

Program Offerings 

  • English Major
  • Double Major in English and Another Major, chosen by the student with or without certification to teach
  • English/Language Arts Major with a certification to teach

The Lucille Cobb Lecture Series

The Annual Lucille Cobb Lecture Series provides students the opportunity to meet and interact with prominent writers. Previous authors have included:

  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Hayden Carruth
  • Alan Cheuse
  • Desmond Egan
  • Patricia Hampl
  • Miroslav Holub
  • Marlene Norbese
  • Tom Robbins
  • Philip W.D. Snodgrass

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The Doane Difference

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Excellent Advising

One of the most important college experiences is engaging and learning in your classes. At the Doane Learning Center, our students have free access to academic counseling and support to exceed in their studies.

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Affordable Education

At Doane University, we reward students for their achievements both in and outside of the classroom. Through scholarships, grants, work-study, and on-campus employment, our students look forward to starting jobs, not payment plans. 

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Rich Campus Culture

With over 60 student-led clubs and organizations, including a Student Programming Board that sponsors competitions and guest appearances, our campus is a community. From Athletes to Zumba enthusiasts, there is a place for you at Doane University.

Program Information


Doane students may participate in month-long or semester-long internships gaining hands-on work experience for college credit. English students have completed internships at organizations such as, The Mary Riepma Ross Film Theatre, NEBRASKAland Magazine, and the Prairie Schooner

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Requirements for the English Major:

Complete 1 or 2.

Option 1

Complete one of the following emphases:


One foreign language literature course may be counted as an English literature course but cannot be substituted for a specific course requirement.

One additional teaching major

All requirements listed under the catalog section Secondary Education

Study Abroad

Every four years, the English Department selects approximately 15 students for a semester in East and Central Africa. Students travel to six countries and engage in a semester of courses including Introduction to African Studies, African Literature, and Culture, Linguistics, Swahili, Writing and Independent Study. 

Interterm Field Trips

Periodic trips to Japan, England, and Greece are available as an interterm class. English students have also traveled to The Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., The Oriental Institute, The Field Museum, and the Art Institute in Chicago to supplement course work. 

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I love the education program so much because everyone has such a passion for what they're doing. It was just a perfect fit.

Hannah Allfree ’20
Elementary Education

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