College of Arts and Sciences

A major in English at WIU provides students with a solid foundation in critical thinking and writing. Students work closely with faculty examining a wide variety of texts, exploring classical and contemporary works, and writing for creative, professional, and academic purposes.

English Majors become strong analytical readers and writers, gain skills in editing and research, and focus on a departmental commitment to social justice. One of the most versatile degrees you can receive, WIU’s English Major prepares students for a wide range of professional careers or graduate programs and English Education majors are prepared to enter the teaching profession as soon as they graduate.

The English Department at Western Illinois University offers two undergraduate major options (Literature and Language and English Education), five minors (creative writing, film studies, literature and language, professional writing, and queer studies), and the M.A. Program with a focus on literature, writing studies, and cultural studies. Our programs offer small class sizes, award-winning teaching and research faculty, and a commitment to student organizations and community.

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Are you a high school student interested in taking a Dual Enrollment course in English? Visit our Dual Enrollment Page to sign up for English 180 next semester.