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English Language & Literature Major

The Language and Literature program has recently revised our major to reflect developments in the field. If you declared the major before Fall 2021, you may continue with the 2017 major requirements or 2020 major requirements. Students declaring in Fall 2021 and after will follow the new requirements listed below.

The English Language and Literature Major will broaden your knowledge of literary history and traditions, develop your understanding of different cultures, and introduce you to the world's most brilliant writers. Our inclusive curriculum offers a diverse selection of courses that cross national borders, literary genres, and minoritized cultures. This degree will prepare you with essential skills in persuasive communication, analytical reasoning, creative thinking, and emotional intelligence that are most in demand by employers in a variety of professional fields, including teaching, training, writing, publishing law, research, business, and government. Our faculty is comprised of excellent teacher-scholars who genuinely care about you, the student. We actively publish in scholarly journals and present at conferences, while closely mentoring students in research, writing, professionalization, and preparation for graduate study.

Before you declare the major:

Complete your general education Composition and Literature requirements. These are not pre-requisites, but we strongly recommended them as preparation. Community college students planning to transfer to CWU can take equivalent courses.ompleting these courses does not guarantee admission to Central Washington University or to the degree program.

  • Academic Writing I
  • Academic Writing II 
  • Humanities Knowledge Area 

Explore. General Education gives you the opportunity to explore different disciplines and develop essential skills. A broad education will help you as a major and in your career. In English Studies, we use interdisciplinary methods, drawing on history, philosophy, psychology, and other disciplines. In choosing a career, interest in another discipline can help you determine how you will apply the skills you will develop in the English major.

Applying for and beginning the major:

Meet with our English Language and Literature advisor to apply for the major. Plan to take ENG 302 and ENG 303 your first quarter because they are pre-requisites for most upper-division literature courses. Take ENG 320 (English Grammar) early in your program because it will help you with written assignments.

Course of Study

Required Courses – Credits: 27
ENG 302 – Poetry and Poetics (5)
ENG 303 – Principles of English Studies (5)
ENG 320 – English Grammar (5)
ENG 418 – Literary and Critical Theory (5)
ENG 420 – English Linguistics (5)
ENG 489 – Senior Colloquium Credits: (2)

Select one literary forms course - Credits: 5
ENG 380 – Studies in Drama (5)
ENG 453 – Studies in Fiction (5)
ENG 454 – Studies in Nonfiction (5)
ENG 455 – Studies in Poetry (5)

Select two literature and history courses - Credits: 10
ENG 363 – Shakespeare (5)
ENG 371 – Literature and History I (5)
ENG 372 – Literature and History II (5)
ENG 373 – Literature and History III (5)
ENG 374 – Literature and History IV (5)

Select one critical studies course (American, World, and British) - Credits: 5
ENG 415 – Critical Studies in American Literature (5)
ENG 417 – Critical Studies in World Literature (5)
ENG 419 – Critical Studies in British Literature (5)

Select three literature and culture courses - Credits: 15
ENG 329 – Cultural Studies in Literature (5)
ENG 330 – African American Literature (5)
ENG 331 – Latina/o Literature (5)
ENG 332 – American Indian Literature (5)
ENG 333 – Asian American Literature (5)
ENG 334 – American Indian Oral and Nonfiction Literature (5)
ENG 335 – Women’s Literature (5)
ENG 336 – Race and Literature (5)
ENG 337 – LGBTQ+ Literature (5)
ENG 347 – Global Perspectives in Literature (5)

Department-Approved Electives - Credits: 10
Select 10 credits of English literature, language, or writing course. Elective credits may
be taken from any English literature or language course at the 300 level or above. One
200-level course (up to 5 credits) may be counted as an elective.

Total Credits: 72

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Understand and be able to articulate orally and in writing how literature is contextualized historically.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the range of literary perspectives, conventions, and forms.
  • Understand and be able to articulate orally and in writing how literature is contextualized culturally.
  • Demonstrate their writing competence by successfully meeting the rhetorical needs of situations requiring the application of a variety of genres and styles.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of literary critical theories.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in research methodologies
  • Demonstrate a functional knowledge of grammar and linguistics

Two-Year Schedule

The English Language and Literature Major can be completed in two years. See below for planned course offerings.
The schedule is subject to change, so please check this site regularly.

2020-2022 Course Offerings

Required Courses (27 credits)

2020-2021

2021-2022

ENG 302 Poetry and Poetics (5)

Fall

Winter

Spring

Fall

Winter

Spring

ENG 303 Principles of Eng. Studies (5)

Fall

Winter

Spring

Fall

Winter

Spring

ENG 320 English Grammar (5)

Fall

Winter

Spring

Fall

Winter

Spring

ENG 418 Literary and Critical Theory (5)

 

Winter

 

Fall

Winter

 

ENG 420 English Linguistics (5)

Fall Winter   Fall Winter  

ENG 489 Senior Colloquium (2)

Fall

Winter

Spring

Fall

Winter

Spring

 

Select one Literary Forms courses (5 credits)

Literary Forms Courses (5 credits required)

2020-2021

2021-2022

ENG/TH 380 Studies in Drama (5*)

 

 

Spring

 

 

 

ENG 453 Studies in Fiction (5*)

 

 

Spring

 

 

Spring

ENG 454 Studies in Nonfiction (5*)

 

Winter

 

 

Winter

 

ENG 455 Studies in Poetry (5*)

Fall

 

 

 

Winter

 

    *May be repeated for credit under different subtitle

 

Select two Literature & History courses (10 credits)

Literature & History Courses (10 credits required)

2020-2021

2021-2022

ENG 363 Shakespeare (5*)

 

Winter

 

Fall

 

Spring

ENG 371 Literature & History I (5*)

 

Winter

 

Fall

 

 

ENG 372 Literature & History II (5*)

 

 

 

Fall

 

 

ENG 373 Literature & History III (5*)

Fall

 

 

 

Winter

 

ENG 374 Literature & History IV (5*)

 

 

Spring

 

 

Spring

    *May be repeated for credit under different subtitle

 

Select one Critical Studies course (5 credits)

Critical Studies Course (5 credits required)

2020-2021

2021-2022

ENG 415 Critical Studies in American Literature (5*)

 

 

Spring

 

 

 Spring

ENG 417 Critical Studies in World Literature (5*)

 

Win

 

 

Win

 

ENG 419 Critical Studies in British Literature (5*)

Fall

 

 

Fall

 

 

    *May be repeated for credit under different subtitle

 

Select three Literature & Culture courses (15 credits)

Literature & Culture Courses (15 credits required)

2020-2021

2021-2022

ENG 329 Cultural Studies in Literature (5)

Fall

 

 

 

Winter

 

ENG 330 African American Literature (5)

Fall

 

 

 

Winter

 

ENG 331 Latina/o Literature (5)

 

Winter

 

 

 

Spring

ENG 332 American Indian Literature (5)

 

 

 

Fall

 

 

ENG 333 Asian American Literature (5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENG 334 American Indian Oral and Nonfiction Lit (5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENG 335 Women's Literature (5)

Fall

 

 

 

 

 

ENG 336 Race & Literature (5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENG 337 LGBTQ+ Literature (5)

 

 

 

Fall

 

 

ENG 347 Global Perspectives in Literature (5)

Fall

Winter

Spring

Fall

Winter

Spring

 

Select ten credits of electives (10 credits)

Elective Courses (10 credits required)

2020-2021

2021-2022

Electives can include additional courses from any of the strands, or you may select courses from the list below.

ENG 263 Intro to Creative Writing (5)

Fall

Winter

Spring

Fall

Winter

Spring

ENG 264 Creative Writing & the Environment (5)

Fall

Winter

Spring

Fall

Winter

Spring

ENG 265 Creative Writing for Well-being

Fall

 

Spring

Fall

 

Spring

ENG 301 Rhetoric for Professional Writers (5)

Fall

Winter

 

Fall

Winter

 

ENG 364 Fiction Writing (5)

Fall

Winter

Spring

Fall

Winter

Spring

ENG 365 Poetry Writing (5)

Fall

Winter

 

Fall

Winter

 

ENG 366 Creative Nonfiction Writing (5)

 

Winter

Spring

 

Winter

Spring

ENG 368 Multi-Genre Writing Workshop (5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENG 432 Phonetics and Phonology (5)

Fall

 

 

Fall

 

 

ENG 434 Discourse Analysis (5)            

ENG 435 Linguistics, Literature, and TESOL (5)

 

 

Spring

 

 

Spring

ENG 456 Studies in Rhetoric

Fall

 

 

Fall

 

 

ENG 464 Advanced Fiction Writing (5)

 

 

Spring

 

 

Spring

ENG 465 Advanced Poetry Writing (5)

Fall

Winter

 

Fall

Winter

 

ENG 466 Advanced Creative Nonfiction (5)

Fall

 

 

Fall

 

 

ENG 490 Cooperative Education (Internship) (Var)

Fall

Winter

Spring

Fall

Winter

Spring

Total: 72 credits

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