The English major requires the completion of a minimum of 60 ENGL credits (the competitive-admission creative writing option also requires a minimum of 60 ENGL credits). At least 25 credits of English applying toward the major must be earned in residence at the University of Washington. A maximum of 20 credits in 200-level courses, including required course work within the options, may count toward the English major. At least 15 credits must be in courses focused on pre-1900 literature. Except for students completing the creative writing option, no more than 5 credits in creative writing may be applied toward the major.
Admission to the language & literature option is not competitive as long as applicants fulfill the minimum requirements. Admission to the creative writing option is competitive and is based on the applicant's creative writing sample.
All English majors and prospective English majors are encouraged to make regular contact with English Advising.
The Department of English is housed in the University of Washington's College of Arts and Sciences. Undergraduate students pursuing one of the options in the English major must also fulfill University and College of Arts and Sciences General Education requirements in order to graduate with the English BA degree. At least 90 of the 180 total credits required for graduation must be from departments other than English.
Department of English Admission and Continuation Policy (rules for satisfactory
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