For students who entered the English major prior to Autumn Quarter 2005, the major required the completion of 63-65 credits. A minimum of 60 credits had to be taken in English courses, at least 25 of which had to be earned at the University of Washington. No 100-level English courses counted toward the major, and no more than 20 credits could be taken at the 200 level. Unless a student choose a major option with a concentration in writing or Secondary Education preparation, no more than 5 credits in composition or creative writing courses could be included in the 60-credit program. At least 90 of the 180 total credits required for graduation had to be in courses other than English. Those who entered the English major prior to AUT 2005 may complete these old requirements, or may opt to complete the current English major requirements. We would suggest that you consult with an English adviser about your options.
(Students who declared the English major in AUT 2005 or later must complete the current English BA requirements.)
Tracks available included:
With some adjustment as delineated for specific tracks, majors were required to take courses in:
The English Language and Literature emphasis was the only major emphasis available to Evening Degree Program students. Students who entered the English Evening Degree major before Autumn 2002 may petition the Department for permission to complete an alternate major emphasis. Please see an English adviser in A-2-B Padelford Hall.
PLEASE NOTE: THE Pre-AUTUMN 2005 ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE TRACK HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED; Only students who declared the English major prior to AUT 2005 can graduate under the old requirements. Students who declared the English Major in AUT 2005 and later should consult the Current ENGL BA Requirements.
All students declaring an English major in Autumn 1994 or after must take 30 credits (6 courses) in literary periods, and 5 credits of Senior Seminar (ENGL 498). At least 4 of the 6 period courses must be upper division (i.e., numbered at the 300 or 400 level). Courses selected should represent work in poetry, drama, fictional and non-fictional prose. A course in Shakespeare is particularly recommended. Beyond these basic requirements, students may concentrate upon various interests in English and American literature, literary criticism, literary theory, language study, or writing.
An approved 3-5 credit Field Requirement course is also required. This is a literature course taught in another department, either in the original language or in English translation, or a course offered by the English department focussing on literature underrepresented in the traditional Anglo-American canon (e.g., American ethnic literature, women's literature, etc.)
PLEASE NOTE: THE Pre-AUTUMN 2005 ENGLISH CREATIVE WRITING TRACK HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED; Only students who declared the English major prior to AUT 2005 can graduate under the old requirements. Students who declared the English Major in AUT 2005 and later should consult the Current ENGL BA Requirements.
Majors electing a concentration in creative writing must complete the 30 credits in literary periods, the 5 credits of Senior Seminar (ENGL 498) and the Field Requirement course described above. In addition, majors with a writing emphasis must take 25 credits in creative writing and composition courses, with at least 15 credits completed at the upper division level (classes numbered 300-400). The upper division classes must be in at least two forms (poetry, drama, short story, novel, screenwriting, expository writing).
Many courses in creative writing are taught as limited-enrollment workshops. To register in many upper-division courses it is necessary to obtain add codes early. (Creative writing add codes can be obtained from the Creative Writing Office, B-25 Padelford.)
PLEASE NOTE: THE ENGLISH TEACHING TRACK HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED.
For those declaring the English major in Autumn 2003 or later, the teaching track is no longer an option. The Literature track and the Creative Writing track are the only options for completing the degree in English. The requirements for the teaching endorsement in English/Language Arts have been changed and are now separate from the major and do not lead to a degree in English. For more information on the current requirements, see our webpage for the English Language Arts secondary teaching endorsements.
If you declared the English major prior to Autumn 2003, you may still be granted an English degree by completing the Teaching track. However, this will not necessarily lead to a teaching endorsement in English. If you will be entering the UW Master’s in Teaching/Teacher Education Program (MIT/TEP) after Autumn 2004, you must complete the new endorsement requirements. Consult with an English Department adviser to determine what courses you will be required to take prior to admission.
If you will be entering the MIT/TEP in Autumn 2004, the Teaching track will satisfy the endorsement requirements. If you apply for admission in Autumn 2004 and for any reason enter later than that quarter (for example, if you delay admission for a year, or are denied entry but admitted on re-applying the following year), you will be held to the new requirements; the Teaching track will no longer suffice.
Endorsement requirements at other certificating institutions are the responsibility of those institutions. Please consult with an adviser or admissions specialist at all other schools you may be considering for your teaching certification.
Finally, it is highly recommended that all students, even those who will be entering the MIT/TEP in Autumn 2004, take the courses required for the new endorsement, as this will make you a more attractive job candidate to school administrators. Usually this can be done with just a couple of additional courses. See an English adviser for details.