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English Undergraduate Programs at CWU

Online English Language and Literature Major

The program will broaden your knowledge of literary history and traditions, develop your understanding of different cultures, and introduce you to billiant works of literature and poetics. The program is an especially good fit for students interested in transnational and cross-cultural approaches to literary studies. Our inclusive and innovative curriculum offers a broad selection of courses that cross national borders, genres, and cultures, while emphasizing diverse and minoritized voices.

English Language and Literature Major

This program is designed to give you broad experience in American, British, and World literatures. It will help you develop a variety of reading strategies, including historical, biographical, and cultural approaches, and it will give you practical grounding in writing, analytical, and research skills that can be adapted to many careers. In your courses, you will hone your critical thinking abilities by pursuing problems of interpretation and the analysis of the interplay between history, culture, and text. Small class sizes allow you to participate fully and receive thorough feedback on your written work. The study of literature not only trains you in reading and communication, it also introduces you to new pleasures of reading and appreciation for the rich possibilities of the written word.

English/Language Arts/Teaching Major

This major satisfies the endorsement for English/Language Arts. Students in this program must complete the Professional Education Program requirements for secondary certification available through the Department of Education.

Professional and Creative Writing Major

The specialization combines a liberal arts background in literature with specialized writing courses in creative writing (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenwriting), business writing, professional writing, scientific and technical writing, editing, and publishing. Students in this major are expected to complete ENG 301 and ENG 303 prior to enrolling in upper-division major requirements.

Online Professional and Creative Writing Major

The specialization combines a liberal arts background in literature with specialized writing courses in creative writing (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenwriting), business writing, professional writing, scientific and technical writing, editing, and publishing. Students in this major are expected to complete ENG 301 and ENG 303 prior to enrolling in upper-division major requirements.

Creative Writing Minor

The Creative Writing Minor is designed for students who wish to improve their writing skills in fiction, poetry, or non-fiction. It is also intended to help teachers who will have creative writing responsibilities in their class assignments.

English Language and Literature Minor

The English Language and Literature Minor is the smaller cousin to the English Language and Literature Major, being similar in breadth and flexibility. Offering focused experience in writing and interpreting, this minor is a good complement to any other which requires language awareness.

    Linguistics Minor

    The Linguistics Minor allows students to gain a broader understanding of language and language acquisition. It draws on multiple disciplines and complements a wide range of majors.

    Technical Writing Minor

    The Technical Writing Minor provides students a focused understanding of technical writing, editing, and design skills for the workplace. 

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