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.
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.
- 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
The purpose of English Club is to foster appreciation of the English Language in all artistic forms.
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.
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Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
English - Creative Writing Emphasis, Associate of Arts
English - Literature Emphasis, Associate of Arts
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Spring 2017||Summer 2017||Fall 2017|
|Registration Open||November 14||April 10||April 10|
|Financial Aid Priority Date||December 5||May 15||July 10|
|Admission Deadline||December 30||May 19||August 4|
|Last Day to Register||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Tuition and Fees Due||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Classes Begin||January 17*||June 5*||August 21|
|*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.|
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
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.
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.
- Business Professionals