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English Language & Literature Major

The Language and Literature program has recently revised our major to reflect developments in the field. If you declared the major before?Fall 2021, you may continue with the 2017 major requirements?or 2020 major requirements. Students declaring in Fall 2021 and after will follow the new requirements listed below.

The English Language and Literature Major 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. This degree will prepare 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. Our faculty is comprised of excellent teacher-scholars who genuinely care about you, the student. We actively publish in scholarly journals and present at conferences, while closely mentoring students in research, writing, professionalization, and preparation for graduate study.

Before you declare the major:

Complete your general education Composition and Literature requirements.?These are not pre-requisites, but we strongly recommended them as preparation. Community college students planning to transfer to CWU can take equivalent courses. Completing these courses does not guarantee admission to Central Washington University or to the degree program.

  • Academic Writing I
  • Academic Writing II?
  • Humanities Knowledge Area?

Explore.?General Education gives you the opportunity to explore different disciplines and develop essential skills. A broad education will help you as a major and in your career. In English Studies, we use interdisciplinary methods, drawing on history, philosophy, psychology, and other disciplines. In choosing a career, interest in another discipline can help you determine how you will apply the skills you will develop in the English major.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Understand and be able to articulate orally and in writing how literature is contextualized historically.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the range of literary perspectives, conventions, and forms.
  • Understand and be able to articulate orally and in writing how literature is contextualized culturally.
  • Demonstrate their writing competence by successfully meeting the rhetorical needs of situations requiring the application of a variety of genres and styles.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of literary critical theories.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in research methodologies
  • Demonstrate a functional knowledge of grammar and linguistics

Apply for the major here. Plan to take ENG 302 and ENG 303 your first quarter because they are pre-requisites for most upper-division literature courses. Take ENG 320 (English Grammar) early in your program because it will help you with written assignments.

Questions about advising? Please contact CAHAdvising@cwu.edu.


Course of Study

Required Courses – Credits: 27

  • ENG 302 –?Poetry and Poetics (5)?Prerequisite: Academic Writing I and Academic Writing II
  • ENG 303 – Principles of English Studies (5)?Prerequisite: Academic Writing I and Academic Writing II
  • ENG 320 – English Grammar (5)
  • ENG 418 – Literary and Critical Theory (5)?Prerequisite: ENG 302 and ENG 303
  • ENG 420 –?English Linguistics (5) Prerequisite: ENG 320
  • ENG 489?– Senior Colloquium?(2)?Prerequisite: 48 credits of English courses

Select one literary forms course Credits: 5

  • ENG 380 –?Studies in Drama (5)?Prerequisite: ENG 302 and ENG 303
  • ENG 453 –?Studies in Fiction (5)?Prerequisite: ENG 302 and ENG 303, or instructor permission
  • ENG 454 –?Studies in Nonfiction (5)?Prerequisite: ENG 302 and ENG 303, or instructor permission
  • ENG 455 –?Studies in Poetry (5)?Prerequisite: ENG 302 and ENG 303

Select two literature and history courses Credits: 10

  • ENG 363 –?Shakespeare (5)?Prerequisite: ENG 302 and ENG 303
  • ENG 371 –?Literature and History I (5)?Prerequisite: ENG 302 and ENG 303
  • ENG 372 –?Literature and History II (5)?Prerequisite: ENG 302 and ENG 303
  • ENG 373?– Literature and History III (5)?Prerequisite: ENG 302 and ENG 303
  • ENG 374 –?Literature and History IV (5)?Prerequisite: ENG 302 and ENG 303

Select one critical studies course (American, World, & British) ?Credits: 5

  • ENG 415 –?Critical Studies in American Literature (5)?Prerequisite: ENG 302 and ENG 303
  • ENG 417 –?Critical Studies in World Literature (5)?Prerequisite: ENG 302 and ENG 303
  • ENG 419 –?Critical Studies in British Literature (5)?Prerequisite: ENG 302 and ENG 303

Select three literature and culture courses Credits: 15

  • ENG 329 – Cultural Studies in Literature (5)?Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above and Academic Writing II (with grade of C- or higher)
  • ENG 330 –?African American Literature (5)?Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above and Academic Writing II (with grade of C- or higher)
  • ENG 331 –?Latina/o Literature (5)?Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above and Academic Writing II (with grade of C- or higher)
  • ENG 332 –?American Indian Literature (5)?Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above and Academic Writing II (with grade of C- or higher)
  • ENG 333 –?Asian American Literature (5)?Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above and Academic Writing II (with grade of C- or higher)
  • ENG 334 –?American Indian Oral and Nonfiction Literature (5)?Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above and Academic Writing II (with grade of C- or higher)
  • ENG 335 –?Women’s Literature (5)?Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above and Academic Writing II (with grade of C- or higher)
  • ENG 336 – Race and Literature (5)?Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above and Academic Writing II (with grade of C- or higher)
  • ENG 337 – LGBTQ+ Literature (5)?Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above and Academic Writing II (with grade of C- or higher)
  • ENG 347 – Global Perspectives in Literature (5)?Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above and Academic Writing II (with grade of C- or higher)

Department-Approved Electives Credits: 10

Select 10 credits of English literature, language, or writing course. Elective credits may be taken from any English literature or language course at the 300 level or above. One 200-level course (up to 5 credits) may be counted as an elective.

Total Credits: 72


    Two-Year Schedule

    The English Language and Literature Major can be completed in two years. See below for planned course offerings.
    The schedule is subject to change, so please check this site regularly.

    2020-2022 Course Offerings

    Required Courses (27?credits)

    2020-2021

    2021-2022

    ENG 302?Poetry and Poetics (5)

    F

    W

    S

    F

    W

    S

    ENG 303?Principles of Eng. Studies (5)

    F

    W

    S

    F

    W

    S

    ENG 320?English Grammar (5)

    F

    W

    S

    F

    W

    S

    ENG 418 Literary and Critical Theory (5)

    ?

    W

    ?

    F

    ?

    S

    ENG 420 English Linguistics (5)

    F W ? F W ?

    ENG 489?Senior Colloquium (2)

    F

    W

    S

    F

    W

    S

    Literary Forms Courses (5 credits)

    2020-2021

    2021-2022

    ENG/TH 380?Studies in Drama (5*)

    ?

    ?

    S

    ?

    W

    ?

    ENG 453?Studies in Fiction (5*)

    ?

    ?

    S

    ?

    ?

    S

    ENG 454?Studies in Nonfiction (5*)

    ?

    W

    ?

    ?

    W

    ?

    ENG 455?Studies in Poetry (5*)

    F

    ?

    ?

    F

    ?

    ?

    ????*May be repeated for credit under different subtitle

    Literature & History Courses (10 credits)

    2020-2021

    2021-2022

    ENG 363?Shakespeare (5*)

    ?

    W

    ?

    F

    ?

    S

    ENG 371?Literature & History I (5*)

    ?

    W

    ?

    ?

    W

    ?

    ENG 372?Literature & History II (5*)

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    W

    ?

    ENG 373?Literature & History III (5*)

    F

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ENG 374?Literature & History IV (5*)

    ?

    ?

    S

    ?

    ?

    S

    ????*May be repeated for credit under different subtitle

    Critical Studies Courses (5 credits)

    2020-2021

    2021-2022

    ENG 415?Critical Studies in American Literature (5*)

    ?

    ?

    S

    ?

    ?

    ?S

    ENG 417?Critical Studies in World Literature (5*)

    ?

    W

    ?

    ?

    W

    ?

    ENG 419?Critical Studies in British Literature (5*)

    F

    ?

    ?

    F

    ?

    ?

    ????*May be repeated for credit under different subtitle

    Literature & Culture Courses (15 credits)

    2020-2021

    2021-2022

    ENG 329 Cultural Studies in Literature (5)

    F

    ?

    ?

    ?

    W

    ?

    ENG 330?African American Literature (5)

    F

    ?

    ?

    ?

    W

    ?

    ENG 331?Latina/o Literature (5)

    ?

    W

    ?

    ?

    ?

    S

    ENG 332?American Indian Literature (5)

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ENG 333?Asian American Literature (5)

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ENG 334?American Indian Oral and Nonfiction Lit (5)

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ENG 335?Women's Literature (5)

    F

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ENG 336 Race & Literature (5)

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ENG 337 LGBTQ+ Literature (5)

    ?

    ?

    ?

    F

    ?

    ?

    ENG 347 Global Perspectives in Literature (5)

    F

    W

    S

    F

    W

    ?

    Elective Courses (10 credits)

    2020-2021

    2021-2022

    Electives can include additional courses from any of the strands, or you may select courses from the list below.

    ENG 263?Intro to Creative Writing (5)

    F

    W

    S

    F

    W

    S

    ENG 264 Creative Writing & the Environment (5)

    F

    W

    S

    F

    W

    S

    ENG 265 Creative Writing for Well-being (5)

    F

    ?

    S

    F

    W

    S

    ENG 301?Rhetoric for Professional Writers (5)

    F

    W

    ?

    F

    W

    ?

    ENG 364?Fiction Writing (5)

    F

    W

    S

    F

    W

    S

    ENG 365?Poetry Writing (5)

    F

    W

    ?

    F

    W

    ?

    ENG 366?Creative Nonfiction Writing (5)

    ?

    W

    S

    ?

    W

    S

    ENG 368?Multi-Genre Writing Workshop (5)

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ENG 432?Phonetics and Phonology (5)

    F

    ?

    ?

    F

    ?

    ?

    ENG 434 Discourse Analysis (5) ? ? ? ? ? ?

    ENG 435?Linguistics, Literature, and TESOL (5)

    ?

    ?

    S

    ?

    ?

    S

    ENG 456 Studies in Rhetoric (5)

    F

    ?

    ?

    F

    ?

    ?

    ENG 464?Advanced Fiction Writing (5)

    ?

    ?

    S

    ?

    ?

    S

    ENG 465?Advanced Poetry Writing (5)

    F

    W

    ?

    F

    W

    ?

    ENG 466?Advanced Creative Nonfiction (5)

    F

    ?

    ?

    F

    W

    ?

    ENG 490 Cooperative Education (Internship) (Var)

    F

    W

    S

    F

    W

    S

    Total Credits: 72

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