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2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
    
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

English


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Introduction

The English major engages students in reflective reading, creative inquiry, critical analysis, and effective expression. The study of literature, writing, film, and visual media prepares graduates to pursue a variety of careers, including law, business, government, professional writing, publishing, and education. These studies also prepare students for graduate programs.

The Department of English offers five major emphases:

English — Literature Emphasis, BA  

English — Literature Emphasis, BA, with Teaching Endorsement Option  

English — Creative Writing Emphasis, BA  

English — Creative Writing Emphasis, BA, with Teaching Endorsement Option  

English — Multilingual Education Emphasis, BA, with Teaching Endorsement Option  

All five programs lead to the Bachelor of Arts in English. English — Literature Emphasis focuses on the study of literature in historical and cultural contexts and includes course work in English literature, literary and rhetorical theory, creative writing and composition, technical writing, film, and visual media. English — Literature with Endorsement Option has a similar focus but with the addition of coursework required for an English Language Arts Endorsement at the secondary level. English — ELL/Multilingual Education Emphasis, BA, with Teaching Endorsement Option has a similar focus but with the addition of coursework that leads students toward multiple endorsements – A Qualifying Endorsement in English Language Arts (Secondary) and an Additional Endorsement in ELL and/or Multilingual Education (P-12). English: Creative Writing Emphasis focuses on writing in fiction, drama, poetry, and nonfiction prose, and it is complemented by courses in literature. English — Creative Writing with Endorsement Option has a similar focus but with the addition of coursework required for an English Language Arts Endorsement at the secondary level. 

The Department of English provides a dynamic intellectual environment and learning community. Faculty members introduce new genres, fields and methods of critical inquiry, and technologies to provide our students with the best possible education. The department offers small, student-centered classes, innovative pedagogy, and close faculty-student interaction. English faculty members have earned numerous awards for excellence in teaching, research, and writing; they are nationally and internationally recognized in creative and critical fields. Our students have amassed an enviable record of placement in graduate programs and professional positions.

Faculty

LYSA RIVERA (2007) Chair and Professor. BA, University of California, Santa Cruz; MA, PhD, University of Washington.
KELLY MAGEE (2008) Associate Chair and Professor. BA, Auburn University; MFA, Ohio State University.
KATHERINE ANDERSON (2018) Associate Professor. BA, University of Wisconsin; MA, Indiana University; PhD, Indiana University.
KIIK ARAKI-KAWAGUCHI (2020) Assistant Professor. BA, University of California, Berkeley; BA, Santa Clara University; MA, University of California, Davis; MFA, University of California, San Diego.
D’ANGELO BRIDGES (2023) Assistant Professor. BA, MA, California State University; PhD, Penn State University.
NICOLE BROWN (2002) Associate Professor. BS, BA, Salve Regina University; MA, Carnegie Mellon University; PhD, Purdue University.
JEREMY CUSHMAN (2013) Director of Composition and Associate Professor. BA, Whitworth University; MA, University of Illinois at Chicago; PhD, Purdue University.
DAWN DIETRICH (1992) Professor. BA, Eastern Michigan University; MA, PhD, University of Michigan.
NOAM DORR (2022) Assistant Professor. BA, Brown University, MFA, University of Arizona, PhD, University of Utah.
JENNY MARIE FORSYTHE (2020) Assistant Professor. BA, University of Iowa; MA, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; MA, University of California, Los Angeles; PhD, University of California, Los Angeles.
MARC GEISLER (1992) Associate Dean and Associate Professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences. BA, Bates College; MA, PhD, University of California, Irvine.
ALLISON GIFFEN (2001) Professor. BA, Barnard College; MA, Yale University; PhD, Columbia University.
SEAN GOLDEN (2024) Assistant Professor. BA, Gustavus Adolphus College; MA, PhD (in progress) University of Minnesota.
MELISSA GUADRÓN (2024) Assistant Professor. BA, MA, New York State University; PhD (in progress) Ohio State University. 
CAROL GUESS (1998) Professor. BA, Columbia University; MA, MFA, Indiana University.
STEFANIA HEIM (2019) Associate Professor. AB, Harvard University; MFA, Columbia University; PhD, City University of New York Graduate Center.
LAURA LAFFRADO (1993) Professor. AB, Vassar College; MFA, University of Montana; MA, PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo.
JEAN LEE (2019) Assistant Professor. BA, State University of New York - Binghamton; MA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
CHRISTOPHER LOAR (2013) Professor. BA, University of Chicago; MA, University of California, Los Angeles; PhD, University of California, Los Angeles.
ANDREW LUCCHESI (2016) Associate Professor. BA, Pacific Lutheran University; MA, King’s College of London; PhD, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.
WILLIAM LYNE (1995) Professor. BA, University of California, Los Angeles; MA, PhD, University of Virginia.
EREN ODABASI (2018) Associate Professor. BS, Bogazici University, Turkey; MA, Bogazici University, Turkey; PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
JOSÉ ROACH ORDUÑA (2022) Assistant Professor. BA, Columbia College, MFA, University of Iowa. 
JAMIE ROGERS (2023) Assistant Professor. BA, Western Washington University. MA, PhD, University of California.
ELY SHIPLEY (2017) Associate Professor. BA, University of Redlands; MFA, Purdue University; PhD, University of Utah.
KATHRYN TRUEBLOOD (2002) Professor. BA, University of California, Berkeley; MFA, University of Washington.
STEVEN VANDERSTAAY (1996) Professor. BA, MA, University of Washington; PhD, University of Iowa.
KATHRYN VULIĆ (2004) Professor. AB, Ohio State University; MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley.
THERESA WARBURTON (2014) Associate Professor. BA, Trinity College; AM, University of Chicago; PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo.
CHRISTOPHER WISE (1996) Professor. BA, Northwestern College; MA, University of Oklahoma; PhD, University of California, Riverside.
JANE WONG (2017) Associate Professor. BA, Bard College; MFA, University of Iowa; PhD, University of Washington.
GREG YOUMANS (2014) Associate Professor. BA, University of California, Berkeley; PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Declaration Process

The department offers majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts and/or Bachelor of Arts in Education degrees. Admission to these majors is by application to the appropriate advisor. Students are strongly urged to meet with a department advisor early in their careers at Western; students should declare their major by the start of their junior year. A minimum of 60 credits completed and ENG 202 are prerequisites for declaring the English major in English — Literature Emphasis, English — Literature Emphasis with Teaching Endorsement Option, English — Creative Writing Emphasis, and English — Creative Writing Emphasis with Teaching Endorsement Option. The prerequisites for declaring English — ELL/Multilingual Education Emphasis with Teaching Endorsement Option are 60 credits completed, ENG 202, one course from ENG 234, ENG 235, ENG 236, ENG 239. Though we cannot guarantee immediate enrollment in the major or access to any specific class, we matriculate students into the major on a rolling basis as space is available and offer a wide variety of topics each term.

Other Departmental Information

Mid-Program Checkpoint

Students seeking to complete a BA degree program in an English emphasis within a four-year time span should have completed the following courses by the start of their junior year:

Policy on Directed Independent Study and Outreach and Continuing Education Self-Paced Courses

  • The following policies govern the kinds of classes that can apply to an undergraduate English major:
  • The number of Directed Independent Study (ENG 300 and/or ENG 400) credits is limited to a maximum of 10.
  • The number of Outreach and Continuing Education online credits is limited to a maximum of 10.
  • The total number of combined Directed Independent Study and Outreach and Continuing Education online credits is limited to a maximum of 15.
  • Directed Independent Study courses are intended to enrich the student’s major and we therefore specifically do not allow credit for Directed Independent Study in the following cases:
    • a) to replace core courses in the department’s majors;
    • b) to replace courses offered during the quarter in which the independent study is taken;
    • c) to replace writing intensive courses; and
    • d) to replace workshop courses designed to encourage student responses to writing.
  • Directed Independent Study requires a written contract between student and teacher that comprises two parts:
    • a) a standard cover sheet that states the department policy regarding Directed Independent Study and Outreach and Continuing Education self-paced courses, that requests information concerning the number of such courses the student has already taken, and that requires the signature of the student, teacher, and chair; and
    • b) a short (one or two page) outline of the proposed study to be accomplished during the Directed Independent Study, including the reading and writing assignments and the number of office meetings to be scheduled.

Graduate Study

For a concentration leading to the Master of Arts degree, see the Graduate School  section of this catalog.

Programs

    Undergraduate MajorUndergraduate MinorGraduateEndorsement

    Courses

      English

      Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400, 500 are described in the University Academic Policies  section of this catalog. For more information about the courses and sections to be offered this year and next, please consult the Browse Classes and the English department’s website for the English department course descriptions and information on majors and minors.

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