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Student conversation at the 2012 Writers' Retreat

Overview of the department

The English department offers three majors: linguistics, literature, and writing.

This handout summarizes the requirements for the linguistics, literature, and writing majors and also includes tables for converting old course numbers to new (and vice versa).


The Career Development page offers plenty of general information on internships.

You can search for a specific internship by logging into CalvinLink.

News and Events


What do our majors do after graduating? They keep writing! Check out the new alumni blog, “the post calvin: thirty under thirty, post-diploma.” The blog features 28 Calvin alumni writers under age 30 (plus guests), most of them with a major or minor from the English department. New posts every day!

Learn about more news and events here or check out our facebook for the latest news about the going-ons of the Calvin English Department.

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Father Uwem Akpan

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Join us on Thursday, November 20, at 8:00 pm for a reading and discussion with Father Uwem Akpan, Nigerian Jesuit priest and acclaimed fiction writer.

Akpan’s debut work, Say You’re One of Them, is a collection of five short stories, each set in a different African nation, and narrated through the striking perspective of children. Say You’re One of Them has been highly praised and was an Oprah’s Book Club pick in 2009.

Reading and discussion will be held in the Willow Room of the Prince Conference Center. Book signing to follow.

Read some of Akpan's short stories:

"Baptizing the Gun"

"An Ex-Mas Feast"

"My Parent's Bedroom"