Our goal is to provide a strong foundation in English for students who wish to transfer into literature, creative writing, rhetoric and composition, business writing, and English education programs.
Andrea Ascuena, English Faculty

Overview

Do you have a passion for writing or enjoy studying literature? College of Western Idaho (CWI) can help develop your skills and allow you to follow your interests through our English program, which promotes critical awareness through the study of composition and diverse works and genres of literature as well as creative writing.

English majors may pursue bachelor’s degrees and use their background in literature as well as creative and critical communication skills to enter virtually any profession. English majors often become lawyers, professional writers, teachers, administrators, managers, and business professionals. Completion of the program is designed to result in an Associate of Arts degree and meets the general-education requirements at all Idaho public universities. Course selection should be coordinated to meet requirements for your intended transfer institution.

Mission

The CWI English program promotes critical awareness through the study of composition and diverse works and genres of literature and prepares students for continued university-level study in English or related disciplines.

Goals:
- Create an invigorating and diverse learning community in which students improve skills in written and verbal communication, deepen and refine critical thinking, and articulate the nature and cultural value of literary studies through analysis, interpretation, and critique.

- Equip students with the skills, knowledge, and awareness needed to communicate effectively, make informed decisions, and contribute to the global community as lifelong learners

- Foster cultural, social, philosophical, and historical inquiry through the study of literature

Why This Program

Completion of an Associate of Arts in English is designed to prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university and begin specialized courses at the junior level. This degree is not meant to prepare the students for employment immediately after degree completion. If you do not want to pursue a four-year degree, an associate degree may enhance marketability; however, most English professions require a bachelor’s degree as a minimal education requirement. English majors often become lawyers, professional writers, teachers, administrators, managers, and business professionals.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Understand literature as an expression of the variety and complexity of human life and use literature to reflect on one’s own place in the human experience
  • Recognize and understand the formal elements of fiction, poetry, and drama to interpret how they are used to convey meaning
  • Apply critical perspectives to literary works
  • Understand traditions of research approaches in literary studies
  • Synthesize ideas from a range of writers representing different times, styles, and cultures
  • Understand literary works as aesthetic objects that can be appreciated for their creative and imaginative expression
  • Develop habits of mind, including showcasing a critical stance towards text, culture, and communication; rhetorical understanding of context, purpose, and audience; cultural and global awareness; and interdisciplinary exploration of history, social scie

Clubs

The purpose of English Club is to foster appreciation of the English Language in all artistic forms.

Additional Opportunities

Students of English may join the English Club, which hosts readings of student and faculty writers from CWI. In addition, CWI annually publishes Basalt, a student literary magazine. The English program also hosts a Visiting Writer each semester who works with small groups of students as well as gives a public reading.

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Arts in English - 101 Start

AA

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Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Online, Degree Fully Online

Associate of Arts in English - 102 Start

AA

24

Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Online, Degree Fully Online

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Summer 2015 Fall 2015 Spring 2016
Registration Open April 13 April 13 November 9
Financial Aid Priority Date May 11 July 13 November 23
Admission Deadline May 15 August 7 December 21
Last Day to Register May 29 August 21 January 8
Tuition and Fees Due May 29 August 21 January 8
Classes Begin June 1* August 24 January 11
*Some classes begin before this date. See class schedule for more information.

Advising

Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

Connecting With Ideas

Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes

Transfer

Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.

Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info

English majors may pursue bachelor’s degrees and use their background in literature as well as creative and critical communication skills to enter virtually any profession. English majors often become lawyers, professional writers, teachers, administrators, managers, and business professionals.

Professions

  • Lawyers
  • Writers
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Managers
  • Business Professionals

Locations

Nampa Campus Academic Building

Directions
5500 E. Opportunity Dr. Nampa, ID 83687

Ada County Campus Pintail Center

Directions
1360 S. Eagle Flight Way, Boise, ID 83709

Nampa Campus Aspen Classroom Building

Directions
6002 Birch Lane, Nampa, ID 83687

Nampa Campus Multipurpose Building

Directions
6042 Birch Lane, Nampa, ID 83687

Nampa Campus Micron Center for Professional Technical Education

Directions
5725 E. Franklin Road, Nampa, ID 83687

Instructors

Instructors

News and Blogs

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 3:45pm
The CWI English Department is proud to recognize 13 student recipients of the annual President’s Writing Awards.
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 12:45pm
CWI’s student-run literary magazine, Basalt, is hosting a launch party for the unveiling of its third issue.
Friday, February 27, 2015 - 11:30am
The CWI English Department is now accepting submissions for the second-annual President’s Writing Awards, which celebrate student writing.
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 1:30pm
Submissions are now being accepted for the third edition of the student-run magazine.

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