english major requirements

English Major Requirements

The English major requires the completion of a minimum of 55 ENGL credits (the competitive-admission creative writing option 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 15 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.

Options available include:

English Honors is a competitive-admission cohort program that admits new students each academic year. Applications are due in early April for students who would like to begin English Honors in the fall. English Honors is open to students in both the language & literature and the creative writing options.



Secondary teaching endorsement for English Language Arts: please note that the secondary teaching track is not a degree option; however, many English majors intending careers in secondary teaching find that they can achieve substantial overlap between English major and English Language Arts endorsement requirements. If you are a UW English major, we will be happy to work with you individually to help ensure that you can overlap your English major requirements with your secondary teaching endorsement requirements in English Language Arts and much as possible! You should meet with an English adviser as soon as possible to discuss your plans, and you should also investigate our pages for Prospective English Teachers.


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 Sciences2nd window graphic. Undergraduate students pursuing one of the options in the English major must also fulfill University and College of Arts and Sciences General Education requirements2nd window graphic 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 progress)2nd window graphic
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