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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

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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 29

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 30.

Jun 12

Summer 2023 Session II Classes Begin

Summer 2023 Session II classes begin including the eight-week session and second four-week session.

Jun 18

Deadline to Submit Summer 2023 Application to Graduate

Summer 2023 candidates for graduation must apply to graduate in myPNW.

Aug 21

Fall 2023 Classes Begin

We’re excited to kick off another semester of learning and PNW Pride. Power Onward! Fall 2023 Classes begin Monday, August 21, 2023.

News & Announcements

The frontline of health care: Meet 2023 PNW graduate Kimberly Lozano

Kimberly Lozano, ’23, became interested in the health care field in high school when she completed a class to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA).

PNW graduates in the procession at spring 2023 commencement. A mortar board decorated with PNW is visible, as is the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building in the background.

Purdue University Northwest Graduates Encouraged to Remember Civics at Spring Commencement

Purdue University Northwest graduates were urged to uphold the values and freedoms afforded to them as U.S. residents and exhibit service to others as exemplary, participatory civilians in a democracy, during PNW’s spring 2023 commencement Saturday, May 6.

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Purdue University Northwest announces faculty member promotions

Ten PNW faculty members received approval for promotions starting in the 2023-24 academic year today (April 14) by the Purdue University Board of Trustees.