Let the flexibility of a CWI Liberal Arts degree help you achieve a variety of academic goals and pursue a wide array of careers.
The CWI English program promotes critical habits of mind through the study of composition and diverse works, genres, and points of view in literature in order to provide students the opportunity to find their voice on the page as writers and to use language as a way to convey their understanding of the human experience.
Why This Program
Discover new voices & diverse perspectives.
Read, write, and talk about the big questions literature poses.
See how literature shapes and is shaped by human experience
Join a community of writers.
Learn about the publication process.
Work one-on-one with a faculty mentor.
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, 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 science
Students in the creative writing emphasis will produce the literary magazine Stonecrop or complete a literary internship in the community.
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Requirements and Costs
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Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Spring 2023||Summer 2023||Fall 2023|
|Priority Registration Begins1||November 14||n/a||April 10|
|Open Registration Begins||November 21||February 27||April 17|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||December 17||May 13||July 29|
|Admission Deadline2||January 7||May 27||August 12|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Tuition and Fees Due||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Classes Begin3||January 17||June 5||August 21|
|1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based upon their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.|
|2 The admission deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines for the fall and spring semesters.|
|3 Some classes begin before or after this date. Please refer to the Registration and Refund Deadlines by Class Section Dates (located beneath each semester) of the Academic Calendar for more information.|
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWI 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 CWI 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
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- Agriculture Business, Leadership, and Education
- Animal Veterinary Science
- Biotechnology Laboratory Assistant
- Computer Science
- Criminal Justice
- Education, Elementary
- Education, Secondary
- Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
- Exercise Science
- General Education
- Geographic Information Systems
- Health Science and Public Health
- Liberal Arts
- Media Arts
- Military Science (Army ROTC)
- Nursing, Professional
- Political Science
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
- Sign Language Studies
- Social Work
- Studio Art
- Transportation Management