Bachelor of Arts in English

The English Department provides students with a broad intellectual foundation in literature and culture while strengthening their abilities to express ideas in clear, accurate prose. In addition to studying classics of British and American literature, majors read literature of the world, Western and non-Western, as well as literature written by women and by persons of color. The department offers courses in advanced writing, technical writing and creative writing, including the award-winning campus literary magazine, The Bohemian.

Because the department is relatively small, students interact with professors and with each other on a personal level. Each year the English Department offers a number of creative activities for English majors as well as all NDNU students:

  • Creative Writers’ Series, featuring well-known writers who read from their works at the Wiegand Gallery
  • The Bohemian readings, when students read their works published in NDNU’s literary magazine, winner of the 2006 California College Media Competition
  • English Department Party, an annual spring gathering of faculty and students
  • Senior Seminar Presentations, when graduating seniors give oral presentations of their theses projects
  • Seminar in Humanities, a week-long summer workshop designed for teachers and future teachers of English
  • Shakespeare in Ashland, a week-long experience of great Shakespeare plays in the company of NDNU English teachers

Graduates enter a variety of professions, including the following:

High School Teaching, Intermediate School Teaching, ESL Teaching, Community College teaching, Property Management, School Administration, Accounting, Acting, Design Consulting, Business, Nonprofit Health Work, Loan Consulting, Law.

See the NDNU General Catalog for program requirements and course descriptions.

Emerging Artist Scholarship in Writing

Each fall, newly entering Notre Dame de Namur University undergraduates (freshmen and transfers) with exceptional talent in writing may be awarded an NDNU Emerging Artist Scholarship. These scholarships are renewable each year as long as the recipient maintains NDNU academic eligibility, stays in the academic field of the scholarship and continues to develop his/her talent within the awarding department. A successful candidate must have submitted the regular NDNU admission application documents by February 1 and completed all portfolio requirements. Candidates for an Emerging Artist Scholarship in Writing may submit any genre of creative writing (poetry, drama, short story and essay) on any theme. Awards will be announced after March 1.


  • Freshman applicants must have a minimum 3.0 academic GPA.
  • Transfer students must have a minimum 3.0 in at least 30 transferable units.
  • Talented writers of fiction and/or non-fiction may submit a portfolio of their work to the Notre Dame de Namur English Department. Portfolios should include a short biography and/or resumé as well as writing samples in poetry (up to three poems) or prose (up to 10 pages), including fiction, drama, journalism and/or other genres. Scholarships are generally renewable up to four years.
  • The deadline for submissions is February 1.
  • Submissions should be made directly to the chair of the English Department, Dr. Marc Wolterbeek, Notre Dame de Namur University, 1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002. For further information contact Dr. Wolterbeek at 650-508-3708 or

Graduate English Articulation Program

No new enrollment will be accepted into the Master of Arts in English after September 1, 2016.

Admission Requirements

NDNU admits students for fall and spring semesters. Please visit Admissions for complete admission requirements.


NDNU Admissions

Vince Fitzgerald, Ph.D.
Chair, English Department