Prospective Students

Prospective Student Information

We are delighted you have chosen to attend WWU. We hope the time you spend here is filled with learning, challenge, enlightenment, and most of all, fun. To make your declaration as an English major as simple as possible, we have provided some important information below.

The English department offers five major programs:

You can check out the lists of required courses for each of these majors on the Undergraduate Programs page.


The prerequisites for declaring an English major are:
1. 60 college credits completed
2. Satisfactory completion of English 202 - Writing About Literature or equivalent course

Important Transfer Student Information

If you will be transferring with your AA, you will have met the first prerequisite. You can check the Transfer Course Equivalency Guide to see if any of the courses you took at your previous college are equivalent to our English 202. We often allow transfer students who haven't taken an equivalent course to declare the major on the condition they agree to take English 202 during their first quarter at Western.

Currently, only the following colleges offer courses equivalent to our ENG 202:

CollegeEquivalent Course

Gonzaga UniversityENGL 200 - Intermediate Composition

Skagit Valley CollegeENGL 202 - Intro to Literature

Tacoma Community CollegeENGL 103 - Coll. Comp. Writing About Lit.

Washington State UniversityENGL 302 - Writing About Literature

Wenatchee Valley CollegeENGL 202 - Composition: Critical Analysis

Whatcom Community CollegeENGL 202 - Writing About Literature

Fall Transfers

If you are planning to transfer to Western for fall quarter, we strongly recommend that you attend Fall Orientation, Advising, and Registration in July. Fall A&R is a special orientation program for transfer students where you will have the opportunity meet with a departmental advisor, declare your major, and register for fall classes. If you are unable to attend Fall OAR, you will not be able to register for fall classes until Phase 2 of registration.

Winter & Spring Transfers

First, consider attending one of Western's transfer orientations. If you are planning to transfer to Western for winter or spring quarter, you should email Elle Starr before registration begins to apply for the major.

Undergraduate Program Coordinator & Advisor: Elle Starr

Office: HU 329 / 327

Phone: 360-650-6846


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Welcome to Western. We look forward to meeting you!