undergraduate programs

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The undergraduate English major at the University of Washington offers students a broadly based, historically grounded introduction to the literatures of Britain, the United States, and, increasingly, Anglophone literature from around the world.  Courses in literature emphasize techniques of literary analysis, theoretical problems posed by the interpretation of texts, the social, historical, and political context of literary production and reception, and the pleasures of reading.  Most require significant written work and stress the development of critical thinking skills.  Courses in language study examine the structural, historical, social, and aesthetic dimensions of English.  Our Creative Writing Program offers a range of workshops in verse, short story, novel, and creative non-fiction or expository writing.

Students majoring in English are exposed to a variety of critical perspectives, and have the opportunity to pursue interests in literary history, critical theory, language study, cultural studies, and creative writing.  Good writing, analytical ability, research skills, and a broadened perspective on the world are among the practical accomplishments majors can expect to acquire, all of which can be applied to a range of careers.

MAJORING or MINORING in ENGLISH: admission, major and minor requirements, graduation, advising, staying connected

Admission to the English major: language & literature
Admission to the English major: creative writing
Declaring the English minor
English major degree requirements
English minor requirements
Staying connected: e-mail lists, blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn
Frequently asked questions
English undergraduate advising
Information for prospective UW students

GENERAL INFORMATION: courses, schedule, diversity, student groups, alumni info, FAQs

English course descriptions - detailed, quarterly schedules
English courses - UW general catalog
Resources for English Language Learners
English course enrollment/add code policies
Strategies for completing English composition
Student groups and publications
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Alumni information
Information for prospective students

OPPORTUNITIES: study abroad, internships, English honors, scholarships, research

Study abroad
English honors program
Undergraduate research

LIFE AFTER COLLEGE: career information and resources, graduate school, teacher preparation

What can I do with an English major?
Resumes, CVs, cover letters
Preparing for graduate study
Teaching information and resources

RESOURCES: ELL resources, writing, editing, publishing, undergraduate research

Resources for English Language Learners
Creative Writing Program
Information about writing courses and programs
Expository Writing Program, Interdisciplinary Writing Program
Odegaard Research and Writing Center
Undergraduate research

Congratulations to our students winning major university-level awards and honors:

For other student honors, see undergraduate student research profiles, English Department Scholarships, Creative Writing Scholarships & Prizes, Phi Beta Kappa, and English Department Honors Graduates.

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