Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature

About the English Language and Literature, BA

The English Language and Literature, BA explores the rich world of language, narrative, and cultural expression, that spans various literature topics, historical periods, and global perspectives. At the core of our English studies major is the belief that community is found through the shared exploration of literary works and the open exchange of ideas. By engaging with the perspectives of others and contributing your own unique voice, you will forge meaningful connections with fellow students, faculty, and the broader literary community.

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Why Study English Language and Literature at CWU?

As you immerse yourself in the study of literature, you'll develop critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills that are essential for success in a wide range of careers.

Exploring literature from diverse cultures and historical periods expands your understanding of the world and fosters empathy, tolerance, and appreciation for different perspectives and experiences. Our dedicated faculty members, who are accomplished scholars and passionate educators, provide personalized guidance and mentorship to help you reach your full potential.

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How much does this program cost?

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Where can I find more information?

Please visit the CWU Academic Catalog for current information about admission requirements, course descriptions, learner outcomes, and credit information.

Careers and Opportunities

A strong foundation in English Language and Literature can open doors to a wide range of careers, including education, writing, editing, publishing, public relations, marketing, and more.

  • Education: Many graduates of the program go on to become teachers at the primary, secondary, or post-secondary level.
  • Publishing: You could consider a career in publishing, including editorial positions, copywriting, and book design.
  • Writing and Editing: Great for those of us who desire remote work, become a writer, editor, or freelance journalist for newspapers, magazines, or online publications.
  • Public Relations and Marketing: With strong writing skills, you can work in public relations or marketing, developing and implementing communication strategies for businesses and organizations.


A Wealth of Scholarships in English

At Central Washington University, we believe that everyone deserves access to quality education, regardless of their financial background. View Department of English Scholarships today. You belong at CWU.

The Opportunities Are Endless

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 a theme around "Humanity vs Machine (AI)".

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