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Undergraduate Program

Students at UW-Eau Claire pursue an English major by choosing among several emphases. Current choices include five standard majors (which must be taken in conjunction with a minor): creative writing; linguistics; critical studies in literatures, cultures, and film; rhetorics of science, technology, and culture; and teaching. The teaching emphasis may also be taken as a comprehensive major (to which students do not need to add a minor field).

All English major/minor programs are made up of courses in three areas:

1. Core/Foundational Courses:

English 210, Introduction to Texts, provides students with an understanding of textuality and how texts function within historicized cultural contexts.
English 221, The English Language, introduces students to the formal study of language, including grammar, history of the English language, and language acquisition, thereby providing students with a strong basis for their work in the discipline.
English 284, Introduction to Theory and Criticism, provides a broadly conceived understanding of theory and criticism, and introduces students to the practice of self-reflectively theorizing and critiquing within the field of English. The major is designed to give students a common core as well as some depth of study in an emphasis. In addition to sharing information and ideas, English courses bring students together in a community with both shared and diverse learning goals.

2. Emphasis Courses:
13 to 15 credits of courses directly relating to the emphasis area. See Majors/Minors page for more details.

3. Literature Courses:
Often specified to complement the emphasis courses. See Majors/Minors page for more details.


1. Prepare a what-if degree audit with your desired major and minor. (If you need help generating a what-if degree audit, please contact the LTS Help Desk, tel. 715-836-5711).
2. Get an advising packet for your proposed English major/minor and mark off courses that you have already taken. If you have completed three or more semesters, sketch out your remaining semesters on the degree plan (the last page of the advising packet). Advising packets are available from the display next to the English Department Office, Centennial Hall 4102. They are also available on the English Department website:
3. Meet with Undergraduate Director, Dr. Cathy Rex (during office hours or by appointment) and bring a copy (either paper or electronic) of your what-if degree audit and your advising sheet. To set up an appointment with Dr. Rex, please contact Alaina Guns ( or Joanne Erickson (, or stop in the English Department office.


Students can supplement their classroom experience while promoting the English Language Arts by serving as tutors in the Center for Writing Excellence, as writing interns at area businesses and non-profits, and as members of several student organizations including, Sigma Tau Delta (the English Honor Society), NOTA (the UW-Eau Claire creative arts organization), the English Festival, or the English Ambassadors. For more information about these opportunities, go to the Student Opportunities page.

Undergraduate Program Mission

The faculty have designed the English programs to reflect departmental priorities and to provide a good place to learn and grow for both students and faculty. Looking for connections, they seek to integrate language/linguistics, literature, composition, and teacher preparation courses. The faculty seek to cultivate close, fully-integrated communities of learners who nurture and respect honest differences of all kinds. The faculty continually work to improve connections with other areas of the university and with the world outside the campus.