Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
English—Literature Emphasis, BA
What is the study of English—Literature Emphasis?
English is one of the central liberal arts degrees. A background in English provides graduates with a sound basis for pursuing a variety of careers including law, business, education, publishing and government, as well as graduate work in language, literary and cultural studies, and writing. English engages students in diverse literary heritages, as well as fosters the development of sophisticated abilities in critical analysis, creative inquiry, reflective reading, and effective communication and expression.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
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. Some 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. Students in the upper-division courses are expected to interpret and analyze literature in thoughtful, organized, and clear essays that are free of mechanical errors. If you think you need help with your reading and writing, we strongly encourage you, in addition to your work in English courses, to consult the Writing Center and other university resources.
- Law Business (including public relations, sales and marketing)
- Education (teaching or administrating)
- Author, broadcaster, artist, entertainer
- Government Editing and Publishing
- Graduate work in Literature and Creative Writing
- Graduate work in Composition and Language