Department of English

Welcome!

The English Department at Eastern Washington University offers a variety of programs designed to help students succeed. 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, a necessary requirement for future graduate studies.

No matter the program you choose, you will get to work with knowledgeable faculty, get hands-on experience, and collaborate with fellow students. These opportunities will prepare you for future careers or graduate studies in a variety of fields.

Why Study English at Eastern?

Pursuing an English major will bring you success in your academic studies and future career.


Affordability

Receive a high-quality education at a price you can afford.

Small Class Sizes

Our low student-to-faculty ratio allows students to ask questions and develop strong intellectual ties with others.

Superb Teachers and Scholars

Our faculty is fully committed to students' current education and professional futures.


What You Will Learn

  • Reading, writing, and critical thinking skills
  • Literature and writing techniques
  • A deeper appreciation of art and culture
  • Superior communication skills
We offer advanced skills and theoretical understanding to guide you to a level of mastery in your chosen field.

Careers in English by Major

Our English programs will prepare you for your career with courses focused on experiential learning, creative development, collaboration, practice, and theory to help you make change as a professional in today’s complex and changing world.

Choosing a major in English Studies at Eastern Washington University is an excellent path 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 students with an education that prepares students with the theory and practice to be key communication members of any team, able to produce any document or other research-based, targeted communication or work for any audience. In addition, English Studies majors’ strong critical thinking skills enable them to be strong members of teams where decisions are made and problem-solving is a requirement of the job. For these reasons, our graduates are well-prepared for the job market and their new professional roles.

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 a well-rounded and engaged citizens that 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 human aspects of the multicultural and international workplace. For these reasons, our graduates are well-prepared for the job market and their new professional roles.

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 K-12, Instructional Design, Corporate or Agency Training, and Teaching Internationally, and many others. Check out our BAE in English/Secondary Education and MA in English: Teaching English as a Second Language Emphasis degree options. 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 to build the necessary networking opportunities and gain the real-world experience they need for success in the post-graduation job market. For these reasons, our graduates are well-prepared for the job market and their new professional roles.

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 skills and knowledge and incorporates the real-world internship experience that is needed for our graduates to become adaptable to the various job roles, tasks and challenges that they will face after graduation. For these reasons, our graduates are well-prepared for the job market and their new professional roles.

Choosing a major in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) 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 ESL in United States and Abroad, K-12 opportunities in multi-lingual schools, and community college and university professorships and many others. Check out our MA in English: Teaching English as a Second Language Emphasis degree option. The program is primarily designed to prepare secondary and post-secondary teachers in a variety of settings and can also serve as preparation for doctoral studies.

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) at Eastern Washington University enriches students with an education which prepares them with the multi-cultural, practical, and theoretical knowledge as well as the real-world experience they need for success in today’s global job market. Many countries, companies, and organizations are looking for TESL certified instructors to teach students proficient in English in the public and private sector. Individuals with the TESL certificate are highly marketable in the ESL field around the world in countries such as China, Taiwan, South Korea, Poland, France, and many others.