Department of English

Welcome!

The English Department at Eastern Washington University is dedicated to student success through programs designed to develop skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and cultural understanding. Each of our programs gives students the opportunity to strengthen writing skills and develop a background in critical analysis, the structure of language, and literary history. All of our undergraduate programs lead to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Whichever program you choose, you will have the opportunity to work with knowledgeable faculty, receive hands-on experience, and collaborate with a supportive community of fellow students. These opportunities will prepare you for successful future careers or graduate studies in a variety of fields.

Why Study English at Eastern?

We are Teachers First

Students are at the heart of everything our educators do. EWU educators are student-focused and dedicated to each student’s unique contributions, individual successes, and ongoing accomplishments.

Career Preparedness

Each of our programs provides opportunities to experience meaningful internships that will help you become a more competitive and knowledgeable candidate for future employment.

Connection

We are community-focused and here to help you build connection with classmates, faculty, our Eastern Washington region, and the world around you.

We are Lifelong Learners

Our faculty are active writers and scholars and continually practice and challenge ideas, theories, and methodologies in our various fields. Sample of Faculty Publications 2019-2020.

Find Your Direction

We recognize and value the unique talents and life journeys our students bring to their studies and we offer courses dedicated to helping you explore your interests, passions, and goals.


What You Will Learn

  • How to use rhetoric effectively to promote change and awareness through the writing of purpose-filled texts
  • An understanding of enduring literary works and how they relate to current world concerns
  • Numerous writing styles and techniques applicable across multiple mediums and platforms
  • How to collaborate successfully with peers to accomplish classroom and community goals
  • Superior communication skills
We offer opportunities to explore career-applicable writing and communication skills, accompanied by theory that will enhance your thinking and expand your worldview.

English Student Spotlight

Careers in English by Major

Our English programs will prepare you for your future goals with courses providing hands-on learning, career applicable internship opportunities, creative development, collaboration, and exploration of social justice issues to help you create change as a professional in today’s complex and evolving world.

Choosing a major in English Studies at Eastern Washington University can lead to a variety of careers in the Public, Private, Non-Profit and For-Profit sectors including: Advertising, Communications, Editing, Journalism, Publishing, and many others where strong thinking, reading, writing, and speaking skills are in demand. This degree also prepares students for graduate study in Law, Library Science, and other professional degrees. Check out our BA in English Studies and MA in English: Literature & Writing Emphasis degree options. These degree options are also an excellent choice for a pre-professional liberal arts program of study or for preparation for those wishing to pursue the study of language and literature at the doctoral level.

English Studies at Eastern Washington University enriches and prepares students with the theory and practice to successfully communicators and collaborate in any team and workplace environment, to efficiently and effectively produce credible research-based documents, and to persuasively speak gauging the needs of various audiences. In addition, English Studies majors’ strong critical thinking skills enable them to be influential members of teams where decisions are made and problem-solving is a requirement of the job.

Choosing a major in Creative Writing at Eastern Washington University is an excellent path to careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, such as:  Arts Administrator, Creative Director, Editorial Assistant, Magazine Journalist, Web Content Manager, and many others. Check out our BA in English, Creative Writing Option and MFA in Creative Writing degree options. We also offer a Minor in Creative Writing for students who wish to receive an introduction to creative writing and additional practice in the style, techniques, and technical trends of fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction.

Creative Writing at EWU helps students to build the necessary networking opportunities and gain the real-world experience they need for success in the post-graduation job market by incorporating real-world internship experience into the curriculum. For example, our MFA in Creative Writing program provides the opportunity to apply for internships through the popular Get Lit literary festival, the internationally-respected Willow Springs Magazine and Willow Springs Books, and the Writers in the Community project.

Choosing a major in the Humanities at Eastern Washington University is an excellent path to a variety of careers in the Public, Private, Non-Profit and For-Profit sectors including: Copy Editor, Film Director, Human Resources Manager, Real Estate Broker, Speech Writer, Multicultural Affairs, Community Relations, Fundraising and Development, Government Relations, Campaign Management, and many others. Check out our BA in Humanities degree option.  We also offer a Humanities Minor for students who wish to broaden and deepen their understanding and skills in selected areas of the traditional liberal arts.

The Humanities program at Eastern Washington University enriches students with an education that emphasizes the activities and qualities that make the lives of people enjoyable and memorable, creating well-rounded and engaged citizens who are knowledgeable about the world. In addition, the Humanities curriculum prepares students for the job market with a skillset and breadth of knowledge that is flexible, adaptable and well-suited to solve the challenges of an increasingly complex world and to successfully coordinate the complexity of humanity into the multicultural and international workplace.

Choosing a major in Journalism at Eastern Washington University is an excellent path to a variety of careers in the Public, Private, Non-Profit and For-Profit sectors including: News Reporter, Social Media Content Manager, Sports Reporter, Web Content Manager, Public Relations Specialist, and many others. Check out our BA in Journalism: News Editorial Option and BS in Journalism: Public Relations Option degree options. We also offer a Minor in Journalism for students who wish to be introduced to theory, critical analysis, contemporary trends and career opportunities in the field of journalism.

Journalism at Eastern Washington University incorporates real-world experience as a part of the curriculum, helping students to build the necessary networking opportunities and gain the real-world experience they need for success in the post-graduation job market.  For example, the first class students take in the BA in Journalism: News Editorial Option provides students the experience of working at the school newspaper, The Easterner as newspaper staff. This provides our graduates hands-on, real world experience they need in the competitive job market and helps our graduates to build their portfolios as Journalism professionals before they graduate.

Choosing a major in English/Secondary Education at Eastern Washington University is an excellent path to a variety of careers in the Public, Private, Non-Profit and For-Profit sectors including: Teaching Grades 7-12, Instructional Design, Corporate or Agency Training, Teaching Internationally, and many others. Check out our BAE in English/Secondary Education. We also offer an English/Secondary Education (Add-On Endorsement) for those who already are Washington State Certificated Teachers.

English/Secondary Education at Eastern Washington University incorporates real-world field experience as a part of the curriculum. This helps students build the necessary networking opportunities and gain teaching experience and the credentials they need for success in the post-graduation job market.

Choosing a major in Technical Communication at Eastern Washington University is an excellent path to careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors such as: Technical Editor, Content Developer, Information Architect, Public Relations Specialist, Technical Writer, and many others. Check out our BA in Technical Communication and MA in English: Rhetoric and Technical Communication Emphasis degree options. We also offer a Minor in Technical Communication for students who wish to gain additional technical communication skills and experiential learning in addition to their current field of study.

Technical Communication at Eastern Washington University teaches diverse communication skills and incorporates career applicable internship experiences that are crucial for our graduates to become adaptable to the various job roles, tasks and challenges that they will face after graduation.

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Brit Bennett signs copies of her novel, The Mothers
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English Department News

Sample of Faculty Publications 2019-2020

Reagan Henderson
“Make me Care!: Creating Digital Narratives in the Composition Classroom” an essay in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies
Christopher Howell 
“The Persona Poem,” workshop given at Litfuse on September 29th
The Grief of a Happy Life published by University of Washington Press
Jonathan Johnson
The Desk on the Sea published by Wayne State University Press
A memoir about a personal search for a way to live through ongoing grief and to embrace the wonder of each new day while living in a 17th century cottage on an idyllic desolate Scotland coast.
Paul Lindholdt
Poetry published in Early American Literature 
“A Tsunamic Hurricane,” “The Rhetorician’s Funeral,” “Ubisofts Sunt,” “Centuries Inland,” and “Artifact”
“Wildfires signal climate in calamity.” Published locally in the Spokesman-Review
Tracey McHenry

“The Politics of Englishes for Tourism: A World Englishes Perspective” a chapter in the 2019 book, Teaching English for Tourism: Bridging Research and Praxis