Dive Deep into the Rich Depths of Literature and Advanced Language Mastery

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Program Overview

Are you drawn to the world of literature and passionate about expressing yourself through writing? College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) English program is designed to cultivate your critical thinking and writing skills. This program delves into the study of composition and diverse literary works, genres, and viewpoints, offering you a chance to explore the human experience through language.

The Creative Writing emphasis will prepare you for a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and offers unique opportunities, such as working on the College's literary magazine and engaging in writing-related internships. The Literature emphasis, focused on literary analysis and global perspectives, provides a broad understanding of literature and its role in understanding diversity on a national and global scale. Whichever path you choose, this program is your gateway to a deeper understanding and appreciation of English literature.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Arts

Fully Online



Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

2 years

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Learning Opportunities

  • Practical Literary Experience: Get involved in literary magazine editing or internships, gaining insights into the editing and publishing processes.
  • Independent Study in Creative Writing: Work closely with faculty mentors to develop and refine your writing, culminating in a capstone project.
  • Global Learning Through Literature: Engage in discussions about diversity and global perspectives through literary works.
  • Writing Intensive Curriculum: Adapt to various writing genres, enhancing your critical thinking and application skills in diverse settings.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

English – Creative Writing Emphasis – Associate of Arts Degree




English – Literature Emphasis – Associate of Arts Degree




Available Fully Online

Degree Requirements

Cost: $8,560

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Career Opportunities

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  • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

    Teach one or more subjects to students at the secondary school level.


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  • Proofreaders and Copy Markers

    Read transcript or proof type setup to detect and mark for correction any grammatical, typographical, or compositional errors.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.


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  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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