The English/Language Arts Teaching Major, in combination with the Professional Education Program, prepares you for a teaching career in middle, junior, and high schools. Our program blends knowledge of English studies with methods of teaching language arts, including courses on teaching multicultural literature, young adult literature, and writing.
Clear and concise writing, analytical thinking, persuasiveness, and precision are all valuable skills for a wide range of fields including teaching.
Students involved in this program will find numerous opportunities to write and publish their work and to meet professionals in the field through activities and organizations such as Manastash (Student Literary Journal), Inklings Creative Writer's Club, Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series and Central Washington Writing Project.
The study of language and literature teaches students the decision making, problem solving, and sequencing that result in compelling communication. The intensive study of language and literature also enables students to understand human cultures and acquaints us with the world's most brilliant thinkers.
A degree in English opens the door to just about any career that requires clear thinking and compelling expression, including teaching, publishing, the law, public policy development and journalism.
Katharine Whitcomb, professor of creative writing, was named 2016 Distinguished Teaching Professor at CWU. Whitcomb, who is also associate dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, was a key contributor to the creation of the Online Professional and Creative Writing program.
The study of linguistics teaches students to broaden their understanding of language and language acquisition.
Students can minor in linguistics at CWU. Clear and concise writing, analytical thinking, persuasiveness, and precision are all valuable skills for a wide range of fields ranging from advertising and public relations to business and law.
Students involved in this program will find numerous opportunities to write and publish their work and to meet professionals in the field through activities and organizations.
We live in an increasingly technological world that is ever more dependent on evolving and expanding forms of communication. The professional and creative writing program instructs student in the practical elements of professional and technical writing and editing. It also combines the rigor of creative writing in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting. The creative writing minor improves students' writing in fiction, poetry, or non-fiction, and helps prepare teachers who will have creative writing responsibilities in their class assignments.
Graduates of this program will find careers in public relations, teaching, marketing, business, advertising, publishing, and more. Clear and concise writing, analytical abilities, persuasiveness, and precision are all valuable skills for a wide range of fields.
Central offers the professional writing degree online as well. CWU’s online professional writing program is one of the nation’s top ten online English programs, according to www.thebestschools.com, a college degree rating website.
A degree in English opens the door to just about any career that requires clear thinking and compelling expression.
According to a recent article in Forbes magazine, the present value of the extra earnings that English majors can expect over their lifetime is about $450,000.
Employers rate the ability to communicate with people inside and outside the organization as the most important candidate skill.
Everyone benefits from sharpened communication skills. Success in the job market depends on professionalism, including fluency in the many forms of speech and writing.
Intensive study of language and literature allows us to understand human problems more perceptively and to express ourselves in ways others may appreciate.
Central students enjoy a variety of internships, including Alpine Lakes Design, Blue Begonia Press, Coffey Communications, Educare Press, HopeSource, Left Coast Press, Tash Canyon Counseling, and The Washington Center.
CWU’s Online Professional and Creative Writing degree was named among the nation's top 10 online Bachelor of Arts in English degree programs.
As undergraduates, students in the English program at CWU write and publish their own work and meet professionals in literature through a variety of activities and organizations.