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Department of English and World Languages

By offering English and world languages, we provide students a competitive marketable education for the 21st century.

Academic Programs

Our rigorous programs bring real-world experience to the classroom, building the knowledge you need to succeed.


It is such a supportive atmosphere. The smaller class sizes offered the opportunity to have conversations with and receive guidance from professors – opportunities I may not have had at a larger university.

Luke Bensing

My professors at PNW have made a huge impact on me as I take what I've learned from them and start applying that to my future students in my own classroom.

Luke Bensing, English – English Teaching

Amanda Beristain

As a first-generation college graduate, I owe my successes to the instructors and friends I’ve made at in my major. They changed my life and helped me make my dreams a reality.

Amanda Beristain, English – English Teaching

Courtney Blackwell is pictured.

My professors did a great job of providing a balanced education. There were courses not just in English content, but also in education, pedagogy and a lot of field experience before you start student teaching.

PNW offered a perfect college experience for me. The connections and relationships I’ve made are my favorite thing about attending.

Emily Weber-Brokke, ’21, Political Science and Spanish


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 Student Resources

Opportunities and Outreach

Specialty scholarships, advisors and student organizations–see how we can help you succeed.

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About Us


We are dedicated to ensuring our students are fully prepared for lifelong success.

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A Strong Start

First-Year Writing Program

We build writers by providing a strong foundation in writing and reading.

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Language Tutoring


Need help with your language course? Stop by the International Media Center and talk to a language tutor. Please check the schedule to know when tutors are available.

May 27

Campus Closed: Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, the PNW campuses will be closed and there will be no classes. Classes will resume on Tuesday, May 28.

Jun 07

Summer Classes: 1st 4-Week Module Ends

Don’t forget to mark your calendars. The first module of summer classes end Friday, June 7.

Jun 10

8 Week Module and Second 4 Week Module Begins

The 8 week and second 4 week modules begin Monday, June 10.

Jun 16

Deadline to Submit Summer 2024 Application to Graduate

Students completing their degree requirements at any point in Summer 2024 are required to apply to graduate by Saturday, June 16.

News & Announcements

Students sit in commencement regalia during the Spring 2024 commencement ceremony

Purdue University Northwest spring graduates encouraged to be brave in their careers

PNW spring 2024 graduates arduously persisted to complete their college degrees. Intensive hours spent studying or researching, leading on-campus events, and shining on the field or court have prepared PNW graduates well for their next professional ventures.

Spring 2024 PNW graduate Jonathan Del Real.

For the Love of Learning: Meet 2024 PNW graduate Jonathan Del Real

Growing up, Jonathan Del Real, ’24, loved learning and school, had a profound interest in language, specifically Spanish, and enjoyed helping others learn. It wasn’t until his last two years in high school that he put all the pieces together and realized he wanted a career as a Spanish teacher.

PNW Chancellor Holford Poses with 2024 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., the Honorable Diane Kavadias Schneider and Jeff Strack, president and CEO of Indiana Grocery Group

Purdue University Northwest Inducts Region Icons into Alumni Hall of Fame

Purdue University Northwest welcomed three new individuals to its Alumni Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 4: Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., the Honorable Diane Kavadias Schneider and Jeff Strack, president and CEO of Indiana Grocery Group.