WSU Vancouver English

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Offered as: Major, Minor

Literary Studies is for you if you desire a general liberal arts education emphasizing literature, critical thinking, and writing or are preparing for graduate education in English, literary or cultural studies. It also provides a valuable foundation if you are interested in pursuing advanced degrees in creative writing, as well as those preparing for careers in business, public service, law, or other professions requiring skills in analysis and communication.

Bachelor of Arts in English

The Bachelor of Arts degree in English offers you the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in literary history and theory, cultural studies, creative writing, and professional and technical writing. Our collective goal is to have English majors leave our program as engaged global citizens and proficient communicators who understand the power of language to shape their worlds and are prepared for active intellectual and public life in the twenty-first century. English studies at WSU offers you skills as a critic and writer that will allow you to pursue advanced graduate work and to succeed in a variety of professions and occupations.

Options for English majors

Two options for English majors are available at WSU Vancouver, the literary studies option and the teaching without certificate option. At WSU Vancouver, English majors can further enhance their major studies with course work from complementary programs in professional writing, digital technology and culture, women's studies, and social and environmental justice studies.

Both majors and minors in English are encouraged to participate in the Undergraduate English Club, the literary magazine (Salmon Creek Journal), and the internship and tutoring experiences available though the WSU Vancouver Writing Center and the Program in Technical and Professional Writing.

The department's commitment to small discussion courses and to independent study provides unique opportunities for English majors to work closely with faculty, especially in writing-intensive courses, senior seminars or projects, and internships. All majors consult closely with faculty advisors throughout their program of study, especially when selecting career options and areas of concentration.

Catalog - English Courses 

English minor

If you are interested in declaring a minor, contact: Shellynda Michalek, 360-546-9106.
English Formal Minor | English Formal Minor checksheet (PDF)

Contact the Department

Associate Professor and Program Leader of English, and Co-Director, Center for Social and Environmental Justice (CSEJ)
(360) 546-9732

Program Coordinator
(360) 546-9640

Academic Coordinator
(360) 546-9664

Dr. Todd Butler
Associate Professor and Chair, English
Pullman, WA
(509) 335-2639