Undergraduate

Degree Programs Offered

The Department of English offers four major emphases:

English - Literature Emphasis, BA

English - Literature Emphasis, BA, with Teaching Endorsement Option

English - Creative Writing Emphasis, BA

English - Creative Writing Emphasis, BA, with Teaching Endorsement Options

Minors are also available in English, Creative Writing, English Linguistics, Film Studies, Women's Literature, and Writing Studies. Please see the Minors/Other page for information about our minors.

Please see the Advising section's page on declaring a major or minor for more information.

Majors


English - Literature Emphasis (60 Credits) - Download the Plan of Study
The literature emphasis offers students the opportunity for both breadth and depth in the study of literature and culture. In the "Literature and Culture" courses (ENG 307-321), which are the core of the major, students gain a sense of historical scope as they explore literatures from a range of periods. In addition, majors take required courses in critical and cultural theory, writing and the history and theory of language. All of these courses provide a solid foundation for intensive study of specialized topics in the upper-level electives and in the senior seminar.

  • Two literature and culture seminars from: ENG 307, 308, 309, 310, 311
  • Two literature and culture surveys from: ENG 317), 318 , 319, 320, 321
  •  One course from ENG 301, 302, 350, 401
  • ENG 313
  • ENG 370 - Students who earn a 3.0 or better in LING 201 may substitute a 300 or 400-level English course for ENG 370 with approval of a major advisor
  • ENG 418 (418 is not repeatable and cannot be used as an elective for the major)

    Electives 20 credits. 15 credits must be at the 400 level, 5 credits at either the 300 or 400 level; 300-level historical period courses (e.g. medieval, early modern, etc.) cannot be repeated. 15 credits must be taken from the courses listed below.
  • ENG 331 - Studies in Gender Theory 
  • ENG 332 - Literature and Philosophy
  • ENG 333 - Topics in Global Literature
  • ENG 334 - Literary and Creative Expression Across North America and Europe 
  • ENG 335 - Literary and Creative Expressions Across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America 
  • ENG 336 - Scriptural Literatures
  • ENG 338 - Women and Literature in North America and Europe
  • ENG 339 - Mythology and Literature
  • ENG 341 - Studies in Children's Literature
  • ENG 342 - Studies in Literary Genres
  • ENG 347 - Studies in Young Adult Literature
  • ENG 365 - Topics in Film History
  • ENG 406 - Topics in Critical and Cultural Theory
  • ENG 408 - Cultural Studies
  • ENG 410 - Studies in Literary History
  • ENG 415 - Special Topics in National Literatures
  • ENG 423 - Studies in Major Authors
  • ENG 427 - Queer Studies
  • ENG 464 - Topics in Film Studies

 

English - Literature Emphasis with Teaching Endorsement Option (65 Credits) - Download the Plan of Study
In order to receive a recommendation for state of Washington certification students must complete a "teacher certification" program, one of which is offered by the Department of Secondary Education as part of the undergraduate BA degree, as a post-baccalaureate program, or as a part of the Master in Teaching degree. See the Secondary Education section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements. Courses required for a state teaching endorsement must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better. Students must meet with the secondary education academic advisor in the English department to complete a plan of study.

  • One of the following: ENG 301 or 302
  • Two literature and culture seminars from ENG 307, 308, 309, 310, 311
  • Two literature and culture surveys from ENG 317, 318, 319, 320, 321
  • ENG 313
  • ENG 347
  • ENG 350
  • ENG 370 - Students who earn a 3.0 or better in LING 201 may substitute a 300 or 400-level English course for ENG 370 with approval of a major advisor
  • ENG 418
  • ENG 436, 443, 444

 

English - Creative Writing Emphasis (58-60 Credits) - Download the Plan of Study
The creative writing emphasis offers students the opportunity to develop their writing skills in the genres of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and drama. Introductory and advanced genre courses form the core of the major, giving students an opportunity to develop their craft and aesthetics through intensive writing, reading and workshops.

  • 25 credits in literature
    • May include literary/cultural theory, film studies, and rhetorical and literacy theory at the 300 or 400 level, including a writing proficiency course
  • Two of the following: ENG 351, 353, 354, THTR 384, FAIR 354v
  • Four of the following: ENG 451, 453, 454, 455, 456, 457, 458, 459, 460, 466; THTR 485, FAIR 454y
  • ENG 370 - Students who earn a 3.0 or better in LING 201 may substitute a 300 or 400-level English course for ENG 370 with approval of a major advisor
  • Creative writing courses offered by Canadian-American Studies may also be counted with approval of a major advisor

 

English - Creative Writing Emphasis with Teaching Endorsement Option (75 Credits) - Download the Plan of Study
In order to receive a recommendation for state of Washington certification students must complete a "teacher certification" program, one of which is offered by the Department of Secondary Education as part of the undergraduate BA degree, as a post-baccalaureate program, or as a part of the Master in Teaching degree. See the Secondary Education section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements. Courses required for a state teaching endorsement must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better. Students must meet with the secondary education academic advisor in the English department to complete a plan of study.

  • Two literature and culture seminars from ENG 307, 308, 309, 310, 311
  • Two literature and culture surveys from ENG 317, 318, 319, 320, 321
  • ENG 347
  • One of the following: ENG 301, 302, or 371
  • ENG 370 - Students who earn a 3.0 or better in LING 201 may substitute a 300 or 400-level English course for ENG 370 with approval of a major advisor
  • ENG 436
  • Two from: ENG 351, 353, 354, THTR 384, FAIR 354v
  • Three from: ENG 451, 453, 454, 455, 456, 457, 458, 459, 460, 466; THTR 485, FAIR 454y
  • ENG 443
  • ENG 444