Welcome to the English Department

Central to our department's mission is the conviction that everyone has a unique role in the world of words and that the narratives we craft and the methods through which we communicate are essential aspects of our humanity.

About the English Department

With a degree in English, you will build skills in communication, creativity, critical-thinking, and collaboration.



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Undergraduate Programs

English Undergraduate Programs

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Graduate Programs

English Graduate Studies Program

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Manastash Student Literary Journal

Manastash Student Literary Journal

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Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series

Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series

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Why Study English

Why Study English

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Why Study English at CWU?

We take immense pride in affirming that if you possess a fervor for language and an eagerness to learn, you have found your home in the English Department at Central Washington University.

"The English department at CWU equipped me with both the creativity and critical thinking skills necessary to engage the future generation. I was taught the importance of self-reflection and how crucial it is for effective teaching. I now have gained the confidence to be an educator who both understands and can convey the importance of English to students." Haley Cottingham graduated in 2022 with a degree in English Language Arts Teaching.

Degree Options


  • English Language and Literature Major, BA
  • English Language Arts Teaching Major, BA
  • English Professional and Creative Writing, BA


  • English, MA - Literary Studies and Teaching Specialization
  • English, MA - Professional and Creative Writing Specialization

Minors and Certificates

  • Professional Writing Certificate
  • Cultural Studies in Literature Certificate
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate
  • Creative Writing Minor
  • English Language and Literature Minor
  • Linguistics Minor
  • Technical Writing Minor
Learn more about our degree options through our Program Finder.


For general university admissions information, contact the Office of Admissions. For advising information, contact the Academic Advising Center.

Are you a graduate student? Contact the School of Graduate Studies and Research for admissions information.


The English Department supports the student-run literary magazine—Manastash. They publish poems, short stories, critical essays, and creative non-fiction. Manastash, Volume 24, 2024 is seeking poetry, prose, hybrid work and visual arts with theme around "Humanity vs Machine (AI)".

CWU News

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New exhibit to open September 28 at Sarah Spurgeon Gallery

September 18, 2023


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English Department

Language and Literature Hall, 423