Academics

The B.A. in English gives you the flexibility to shape your academic career in line with your professional and personal interests. The curriculum is designed for:

  • Students who desire a broad education emphasizing language and literature.
  • Students who wish to teach or to prepare for graduate studies in literature or rhetoric and composition.
  • Students who intend to use their background and skills as a foundation for careers in writing, editing, law, business or public service.

English major options:

  • Creative Writing
  • Literary Studies
  • Rhetoric and Professional Writing
  • Teaching

We also offer an English minor and a professional writing certificate.

Courses include early and contemporary American and British literature; Shakespeare; global and postcolonial literature; African American, Native American and Asian American literature; critical literary, race, gender, postcolonial and cultural theory; documentary film theory and production; teaching methods and writing. Enhance your studies with coursework from complementary programs in professional writing, creative writing, digital technology and culture, women’s studies, film studies, ethnic studies, American studies, and social and environmental justice.

Course requirements

For details about requirements and courses, see the course catalog.

If you intend to teach English in Washington public schools, review the summary for English—Teaching without Certification and confer with the College of Education concerning the requirements for certification.