New! B.A. English: Professional and Creative Writing Major

(formerly Writing Specialization)

We live in an increasingly technological world that is ever more dependent on evolving and expanding forms of communication. Our writing program is designed to prepare students for success in this environment. It combines the rigor of creative writing in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting with the practical elements of professional and technical writing and editing. The major’s interdisciplinary range allows students to shape their major with courses that best suit their interests and goals using classes offered by English, Theatre Arts, Communications, and other programs.

Students in the program gain an in-depth understanding of multiple genres. They learn how to give helpful, good-spirited feedback to fellow writers. In practicums and internships, they gain valuable experience writing, creating websites, and editing for companies, government offices, and organizations.

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.

  • ENG 101 Composition I: Critical Reading and Responding (4)
  • ENG 102 Composition II: Reasoning and Research (4)
  • ENG 105 The Literary Imagination (5) or ENG 247 Multicultural Literature (5)
Transfer students may also take an Introduction to Creative Writing course that will substitute for ENG 263, and 200-level Communication courses comparable to those listed in our Professional Writing and Editing strand. Please note: Completing these courses does not guarantee admission to Central Washington University or to the degree program.

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 Professional and Creative Writing advisor to apply for the major and plan your program. Plan to take ENG 263, ENG 302, and ENG 303 early in your program because they are pre-requisites for many upper-division literature and writing courses. Take ENG 320 (English Grammar) early in your program.

Course of Study and Two-Year Schedule

The Professional and Creative Writing 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. For courses offered by other departments, check with the originating department for scheduled offerings

Required Courses (32 credits)

Required Courses2014-20152015-2016
+ ENG 263 Intro to Creative Writing (5) Fall Win Spr Sum Fall Win Spr
+ ENG 301 Intro to Professional Writing (5) Fall Win Sum Fall Win
+ ENG 302 Poetry and Poetics (5) Fall Win Spr Fall Win Spr
+ ENG 303 Principles of Eng. Studies (5) Fall Win Spr Fall Win Spr
+ ENG 320 English Grammar (5) Fall Win Spr Fall Win Spr
+ ENG 323 Writing & Editing for Publ. (5) Fall Win Fall Win
+ ENG 489 Senior Colloquium (2) Fall Win Spr Fall Win Spr

Writing Courses (27 credits)

Select 27 credits from a combination of creative writing, professional writing and editing, and practicum courses, including a minimum of 2 practicum credits. Note: For courses in other departments, you may need to check with that department for scheduled offerings.

Creative Writing Electives2014-20152015-2016
+ ENG 267 Screenwriting Fundamentals (4)
+ ENG 357 Scriptwriting for Serial Media (4)
+ ENG 364 Fiction Writing (5) Win Fall Win
+ ENG 365 Poetry Writing (5) Fall Fall
+ ENG 366 Creative Nonfiction Writing (5) Fall Spr Spr
+ ENG 368 Multi-Genre Writing Workshop (5) Win
+ ENG 369 Variable Topics Writing Workshop (5)
+ ENG 464 Advanced Fiction Writing (5) Spr Win Spr
+ ENG 465 Advanced Poetry Writing (5) Win Win
+ ENG 466 Advanced Creative Nonfiction (5) Fall
+ ENG 468 Contemporary Writer's Colloquium (5) Spr Spr
Professional Writing and Editing Electives2014-20152015-2016
COM 201 Media and Culture (4)
COM 208 Intro to Public Relations Writing (4)
IT 248 Web Fundamentals (2)
IT 288 Business Presentation Applications (2)
+ ENG 310 Technical Writing (4) Fall Win Spr Sum Fall Win Spr
+ ENG 312 Research Methods for Workplace Writers (5) Spr
COM 347 Copy Editing (4)
COM 348 Publication Design (4)
ADMG 385 Business Communications and Report Writing (5)
+ ENG 404 Advanced Technical Writing (5) Win
LAJ 410 Legal Writing (4)
Practicum Courses (min. 2 credits)2014-20152015-2016
ENG 392 Online writing practicum (new) (3) Spr Spr
COM 468 Observer (2)
+ ENG 484 Manastash: Literary Editing (3*) Win Win
+ ENG 485 Manastash: Literary Design and Production (2*) Spr
ENG 490 Cooperative Education (Internship) (Var)

Literature, Language, and Film Courses (15 credits)

Select 15 credits of literature, language, and film courses at or above the 300 level. No more than 5 credits of film studies courses may be counted as elective credits in the Professional and Creative Writing Major.

Literature, Language, and Film Electives2014-20152015-2016
+ ENG 330 African American Literature (5) Spr
+ ENG 331 Latina/o Literature (5) Spr
+ ENG 332 American Indian Literature (5) Win
+ ENG 333 Asian American Literature (5) Fall
+ ENG 334 American Indian Oral and Nonfiction Lit (5) Win
+ ENG 335 Women's Literature (5) Fall
+ ENG 344 Film Theory & Criticism (5) Win Win
+ ENG 363 Shakespeare (5*) Win Spr Win Spr
+ ENG 371 Literature & History I (5*) Spr
+ ENG 372 Literature & History II (5*) Fall
+ ENG 373 Literature & History III (5*) Win Fall Win
+ ENG 374 Literature & History IV (5*) Spr Spr
+ ENG/TH 380 Studies in Drama (5*)
+ ENG 415 Critical Studies in American Literature (5*) Spr Spr
+ ENG 417 Critical Studies in World Literature (5*) Win Win
+ ENG 418 Literary and Critical Theory (5)
+ ENG 419 Critical Studies in British Literature (5*) Fall Fall
+ ENG 423 History of the Language (5)
+ ENG 453 Studies in Fiction (5*) Fall Win Win
+ ENG 454 Studies in Nonfiction (5*) Fall
+ ENG 455 Studies in Poetry (5*)
+ ENG 462 Studies in Film and Television Genres (5*) Spr
+ ENG 463 Studies in the Film Auteur (5*) Spr

Total: 74 credits