English Department

Welcome to the English Department at WSU!

We want students to engage within a diverse community and a rapidly changing world through creative and evidence-based problem solving, effective communication, and responsible action.

Our mission is to achieve these goals by providing you with critical thinking, reading, and writing skills.

Check out what makes our English Department stand out and see what’s possible for you.

Programs for All

We offer a variety of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Earn your bachelor’s degree in:

  • writing
  • literature
  • applied linguistics
  • film studies
  • teaching—we have a long track record for preparing teachers in the field.

We've also got many minor options that complement our majors.

Or take your career to the next level with a master’s degree. You can focus your studies in literature or teaching English as a second language.

Or, better yet, earn both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in either literature or teaching English as a second language through our Dual Enrollment Program. You’ll graduate with two degrees in five years.

Study Your Way

There’s nothing quite like learning in a classroom. We see the value in this format, and that’s why most of our classes are taught in person.

You’ll get to know your peers and professors—and they’ll get to know you—through workshop-intensive courses, discussions, and hands-on opportunities.

We also know that times are changing, so we’re excited to offer other teaching formats like our online graduate certificate in Applied and Professional Writing.

Gains Inside & Outside the Classroom

Through seminars, internships, co-curriculars, and more, you'll have:

  • an understanding of the historical developments in language, rhetoric, and literature
  • an awareness of language as well as the art and craft of creative and expository writing
  • an appreciation for applying a diversity of perspectives and multi-disciplinary approaches along with collaborating with and serving the highest good of a community