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CWU Offers One of Top Ten Online English Degree Programs

Central Washington University came in seventh in a national ranking of online bachelor’s degrees in English, as selected by, a leading resource for campus and online education. CWU’s program, the bachelor’s degree in professional and creative writing, was chosen based on the quality of its program, types and range of courses provided, and faculty strength, as well as its awards, rankings, and reputation, including reputation for online degree programs. It was the only program ranked in Washington State.

“A bachelor’s degree in English, as with other liberal arts degrees, provides students with  fundamental skills for the global marketplace,” said Stacey Robertson, dean of CWU’s College of Arts and Humanities. “Being able to communicate clearly, concisely, and persuasively is essential in any career.

“This degree can lead to a career in law, business, media, entertainment, technical communication and countless others. It is also an important launching pad for pursuing careers in editing and publishing, and significantly for graduate work in creative writing."

The online professional and creative writing degree program is designed to prepare students for success in a technology-driven 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 each student to shape the major with courses that best suit individual interests and goals using classes offered by English, communication, and other programs.

Students in the program gain an in-depth understanding of multiple genres. In practicums and internships, they gain valuable experience writing, creating websites, and editing for companies, government offices, and organizations. 

“The online program gives students the flexibility to complete the degree in a way that suits his or her personal circumstances,” continued Robertson. is an independent organization. For more information about the online English degree programs, go to

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