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Bachelor of Arts in English with a Creative Writing option

The study of English offers a variety of exciting degree and career choices. At the heart of our programs is a passion for critical, creative, and professional understanding and use of the English language. The literature option emphasizes the understanding of great literary works and the writing of analytical essays. It develops and refines speaking and writing skills through critical examinations of literary text. The creative writing option emphasizes artistic expression. It builds the skills needed to produce imaginative and inspired, publishable poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Traditional and Non-Traditional Career Paths for English Majors: For the major, the curricula in English are specifically designed to help prepare students in the following fields: creative writing; technical communication; education; and advanced studies in language and literature. In addition to professional careers in education and technical communication, the discipline of English is one of the most recommended pre-professional majors. The development of communication skills, especially written expression, is of great importance to students planning graduate work in government, business, law, or librarianship.

Students with general career goals already in mind should contact the director or co-director of the program in which they may concentrate. This contact should be made as soon as possible so that a program can be best planned to suit the student's individual interests and needs.

See the English Department for further info.

What will I study?

Creative Writing is a studio program designed to help students publish their artistic work. It is not intended to prepare a student for a specific career; however, our creative writing graduates, while publishing artistic work, have found diversified careers in editing, publishing, grant writing, teaching, professional schools, and many fields less directly related to their writing abilities.

For current information about program requirements, please see current EWU Catalog.

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