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English and Language Arts Teaching
College of Arts and Humanities
English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Humanities
English Professional and Creative Writing
College of Arts and Humanities
Linguistics
College of Arts and Humanities
English and Language Arts Teaching
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Bobby Cummings
509-963-1546
english.department@cwu.edu

Introduction

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.

Opportunities

Clear and concise writing, analytical thinking, persuasiveness, and precision are all valuable skills for a wide range of fields including teaching.

Why this program?

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.

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English Language and Literature
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Christine Sutphin
509-963-1546
english.department@cwu.edu

Introduction

The study of language and literature will broaden your knowledge of literary history and traditions, develop your understanding of different cultures, and introduce you to the world's most brilliant writers. Our inclusive curriculum offers a diverse selection of courses that cross national borders, literary genres, and minoritized cultures.  

Opportunities

A degree in English Language and Literature provides you with essential skills in persuasive communication, analytical reasoning, creative thinking, and emotional intelligence that are most in demand by employers in a variety of professional fields, including teaching, training, writing, publishing, law, research, business, and government.

Why this program?

Our faculty is comprised of excellent teacher-scholars who genuinely care about you, the student. We offer small classes with innovative learning activities, such as multimedia writing projects, mock trials, archival research, and collaborative group work. We actively publish in scholarly journals and present at national and international conferences, while closely mentoring students in research, writing, professionalization, and preparation for graduate study.

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English Professional and Creative Writing
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Lisa Norris
509-963-1546
english.department@cwu.edu

Introduction

In an increasingly technological world that depends on evolving, merging, and expanding forms of writing and communication, our Professional and Creative Writing Program offers students a range of courses across modalities and writing styles. In professional and technical writing courses, students learn practical elements including necessary workplace skills in usability testing, document design, and new media. In creative writing courses, students learn the nuances of genre and develop writing practices in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, and blurred forms. All students can take publishing, editing, and grant writing courses that offer further skills across specializations.

Opportunities

This program produces graduates with a set of valuable skills adaptable to a wide range of industries and workplace opportunities. Recent graduates of this program have found careers in teaching, marketing, grant writing, technical writing, advertising, publishing, arts networking and community organizing, and more, and others have gone on to graduate programs in rhetoric and composition, creative writing, and editing.

Moreover, our undergraduates connect with diverse opportunities through publishing, community immersion, regional and international travel, and internships.

Why this program?

The Professional and Creative Writing program is rigorous yet also flexible and adaptable to student needs. The program can be completed face-to-face, online, or via a combination of the two modalities. Students work closely with faculty mentors, all of whom are published professionals in their own fields, to develop their own professional identities. Furthermore, ours is one of the nation’s top ten online English programs, according to www.thebestschools.com.

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Linguistics
Degree Type:
Minor
Department Contact:

Christine Sutphin
509-963-3433
Christine.Sutphin@cwu.edu

Introduction

The study of linguistics teaches students to broaden their understanding of language and language acquisition.

Opportunities

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.

Why this program?

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.

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Why study English at CWU?

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.

Connect with CWU English.

Choose English at Central, the experience of a lifetime. What are you waiting for?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of CWU’s English program enjoy successful careers in a variety of fields including:

Government Agencies

Journalism

Law

Business

Teaching

Ministry

Social Justice

Web Development

Experience English at CWU

Points of Pride

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.

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