A Christ-centered institution.



We combine scholarship with a biblical worldview—it’s the core trait of our various English concentrations. You’ll take on creative writing as well as the analysis of literary masterpieces. It’s a unified kind of learning in the context of Christ. And it’s unique to Montreat.


Choose a concentration.


Our literature concentration allows students to learn literary interpretation by examining a wide range of literary texts. Students select courses from three broad categories:

  • early British literature
  • later British literature
  • United States literature

Historical, Christian, and formal modes of interpretation are stressed, emphasizing the connections between classic imaginative stories and the issues of human meaning found in art, economics, history, and current events.

Creative writing

This concentration focuses on your writing in multiple formats, such as:

  • poetry
  • short fiction
  • literary non-fiction
  • the novella

Classes are set up as small, workshop-style intensives. And student work is showcased through the college sponsored reading series and by submission to Q, the Montreat College literary magazine. Our future poets, essayists, and novelists—all Montreat College student writers—are encouraged to share their voice through participation in area writing festivals, contests, lectures, and public readings.

Professional writing

Our professional writing concentration allows you to explore career tracks in English and related disciplines such as Communications. You’ll also receive a thorough grounding in literature—with the essential development of analytical and critical-thinking skills.

Special emphasis

You can design a program of study focused on your interests, even when they’re outside the core curriculum of an English major. Working with an English faculty member, you can select courses from other institutions or departments that can be integrated into your specific discipline. Please note that the special emphasis must be approved by your academic advisor prior to completing 60 credit hours.