English—Literature Emphasis

The English Literature major focuses on the study of literatures in historical and cultural contexts and includes course work in English language, literary theory, and composition and rhetoric. The program offers a diverse spectrum of classes ranging from antiquity to the twenty-first century and covering a wide variety of topics in literature, media, composition, and language studies. Courses encompass and explore multiple cultural traditions, allowing graduates to cultivate skills in critical thinking, creative expression, close reading, persuasive writing, and effective speaking.

The English Department provides small, student-centered classes, innovative educational methods, and close faculty-student interaction. Students may opt to develop a writing concentration within their literature major, taking writing courses such as composition, creative writing, and professional and technical writing. There are also opportunities to pursue English Education, including endorsements.

Western’s English Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.



“Western has a fabulous reputation that continues to grow every year; a strong literature department with caring faculty who helped introduce me to the field that I want to pursue professionally…I hope to go to grad school in the UK and study Library Information Science so that I may one day be a middle school librarian.” –Maddie Erickson

Beyond the Classroom

Every year English graduates from many fields — teachers, lawyers, doctors, community, organizers, curators, editors, publishers, agents, art program directors, screenwriters, film directors, game designers, reviewers, essayists, novelists, scholars, poets, environmentalists, publicists, historians, musicians, mountain climbers — generously offer us their hard won knowledge. In this sense, Western alumni have become associates in learning.  


Recent Student Internships:

  • The Neighborhood Playhouse: Grant Writing
  • LAW Advocates: Intern

Careers and Graduate Studies

The study of literature, writing, linguistics, critical theory, and visual media, prepare English graduates to pursue a variety of careers in law, business, government, professional writing, publishing, and education. Students in the English program have amassed an enviable record of placement in graduate programs and professional positions. Students wishing to further develop their skills in English should consider Western’s graduate programs.

Employers of Recent Western Graduates:

  • Chop Suey: Marketing and Promotions
  • Everett Community College: Writing Assistant/Peer Tutor
  • GEPIK: English Teacher
  • Logos Bible Software: Marketing Copywriter
  • Microsoft: Content Developer
  • The Stamp and Coin Place: Social Media Coordinator
  • Surferseen.com: Videographer/Editor
  • Vicinity Web: Senior Writer
  • Zharmae Publishing Press LLC: Managing Editor

Sample Careers

  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Videogame Plotting/Design
  • Web Content Creator
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Screenwriter
  • Copywriter
  • Research Analyst
  • Technical Writer
  • Advertising Copy Writer Public Relations Specialist
  • User Experience Expert (UX)
  • Usability Tester
  • Book Buyer/Seller
  • Web Content Developer/Writer
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Special Events Coordinator/Speech Writer
  • Lobbyist
  • Grant Writer
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Archivist


English—Literature Emphasis, BA

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