Department of English

General Department Information
Majors, Courses, and Undergraduate Programs


The English Major


In accordance with the character and goals of Creighton University, the Department of English and the programs it offers promote the intellectual, spiritual, and professional growth of Creighton students through the study of the English language; American, British, and Irish literature; World, Ethnic, Women's and Minority literature; Creative Writing and the Language Arts. English major programs provide graduates with a solid knowledge of their field, critical thinking and writing skills, and the values and ethical background necessary for becoming active, productive, and successful members of society. A training in English at Creighton endows a graduate with a well-rounded education, a broad perspective on human issues, a tolerant and respectful attitude toward diversity, and an approach to work and human interactions based on love, kindness, and commitment to service to the human community.


Career Opportunities


The English major programs constitute an excellent background for advanced graduate work in the humanities, literature, creative writing, linguistics, rhetoric, and composition. Creighton English majors have a solid foundation for the pursuit of successful careers and the assuming of leadership roles in most professional fields, including academic, research, and scholarly work, education, writing, law, business, public and foreign service, and many others. In fact, English graduates can be found in almost every field of endeavor: five to ten percent of Creighton's English majors enter the teaching field; the same percentage go into graduate studies; ten to fifteen percent enter law school; ten to fifteen percent enter other professional schools; the remaining majors have entered business, government, and publishing work, as well as other fields. Career counseling, an integral part of a Creighton education, is available through departmental advisors as well as through the Creighton University Counseling Center and the Office of Career Services.


Options and Specializations within the English Major


For a complete listing of specializations and options for the English Major, click on


World Literature Core Curriculum Requirements


As part of the Core Curriculum requirements, all students in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete the sequence of courses ENG 120-121: World Literature I & II. These courses offer a study of representative works of world literature from antiquity to the present. Texts featured include canonical Great Works such as Homer's Odyssey and Dante's Inferno as well as works by women and minorities. An important goal of the World Literature Program is to promote an understanding of the works in their cultural/historical contexts and of the enduring human values which unite the different literary traditions. In addition to the regularly scheduled classes, students attend lectures, films, plays, exhibits, and live performances specifically designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.


The Composition Program, the Writing Center, and Computer-Assisted Instruction


The Composition Program administers ENG 150: Rhetoric and Composition, ENG 251: Advanced Composition, ENG 100: Introduction to Composition, and ENG 315: Technical and Professional Writing. ENG 150 is required of all undergraduate students. The English Department at Creighton prides itself in the quality and technological sophistication of its Composition Program, which offers a number of writing courses in the English Computer Lab, a computerized classroom equipped with 26 networked personal computers. The Composition Program also administers the Writing Center, a facility equipped with personal computers, where tutors assist students and others who wish to improve their writing. Classes offered in this classroom are designated in the class schedule every semester. The Composition Program offers online versions of ENG 150: Rhetoric and Composition and ENG 251: Advanced Composition.   ENG 150 and 251, as well as ENG 312: Mass Media and Modern Culture, and ENG 315: Technical and Professional Writing are taught in the ECL.  Students and faculty are involved in a number of World-Wide Web authoring projects in and out of class.


Irish Studies


In response to the interests of Creighton students, the English Department has developed a significant Irish Studies Program which includes the Irish Literature Specialization within the English major (English Major Track II) and a Certificate in Irish Literature and Culture. A unique and important component of the Irish Literature Specialization is the Creighton University Summer School in Ireland--a five-week intensive study of Irish literature and culture at Trinity College in Dublin. The summer school features formal courses for credit as well as lectures and readings by leading figures in Irish letters, sightseeing tours, and recreational activities.


Creative Writing


Creighton University offers a B.A. in English with a specialization in Creative Writing (English Major Track III). Writing workshops are small, intensive, and individualized. Students enrolled in the program enjoy not only the benefits of personalized instruction but also the opportunity to work closely and become acquainted with distinguished contemporary writers. Resident writing faculty include American fiction writers Brent Spencer, Mary Helen Stefaniak, and David Mulliins, and poet Susan Aizenberg. In addition, several of the regular English faculty are publishing poets and fiction writers. Creighton also host the Creighton Reading Series, bringing well-known writers to campus for readings and workshops.


Other Activities


The English Department sponsors two organizations for students. Sigma Tau Delta is a chapter of the National English Honor Society. Creighton is also the home of the award-winning literary magazine Shadows. Annual prizes are awarded for student works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. In addition to their teaching, advising, and administrative work, faculty members are actively engaged in research, writing, publication, and participation in a variety of academic and cultural events, such as conferences, lectures, and poetry/fiction readings.  


For information about English Department offerings, requirements, and activities, please consult the department brochure (, the Creighton University Bulletin, or contact:


Dr. Robert Whipple
Chair and Major Advisor
(402) 280-2520


Dr. Bridget Keegan

Co-Director of Graduate Studies

(402) 280-2548


Dr. Nina Ha
Director, World Literature
(402) 280-3508


Dr. Robert Dornsife
Director, The Writing
(402) 280-2178


Dr. Brent Spencer
Director, Creative Writing

Co-Director of Graduate Studies

Coordinator of Film Studies
CRHL 141B, (402) 280-2192

Dr. Gina Merys
Director, Composition Program
(402) 280-2523


Ms. Jackie Masker
Senior Administrative Assistant
(402) 280-2822






updated 11/21/10 by Brent Spencer



Department of English
Creighton Hall
Creighton University

Omaha, NE 68178
Phone: (402) 280-2822
Fax: (402) 280-2143


For information, contact Jackie Masker, Senior Administrative Assistant, at 402.280.2822 or