The English Department offers majors in both English and creative writing, three minors and a combined bachelor's/master's degree. Through creative writing, critical reflection and close reading, students master the writing and argumentation skills that will serve them in their future careers

Undergraduate English courses explore topics as diverse as the life of Willa Cather and the world of Shakespeare, and students expand their perspectives through African American, postcolonial and medieval literature. Our dedication to small classes and strong faculty mentorship allows students to define and achieve their educational goals. Students looking for a challenge can integrate honors studies, an internship or independent research project alongside their coursework.

Degree Programs



"The George Washington University BA in Creative Writing and English was recently selected as a top pick, recognized by CreativeWritingEDU.org as being among the best programs of its kind in the country. 


CreativeWritingEDU.org is in the business of evaluating writing programs at every level and calling attention to universities that support the journey of creative writers in unique and meaningful ways. Naturally, the GWU Columbian College of Arts and Sciences landed squarely on their radar."



"In my sophomore year, I took Professor McRuer’s transnational queer film studies class. As part of the course, we traveled to Prague to attend an international queer film festival. During the 10 days abroad, we attended screenings and studied with a class at Charles University that had spent the semester simultaneously covering the same material as us. Because many of those students were also international, it was such an insightful experience listening to everyone’s perspectives on readings and films. The class challenged me to understand and apply complex theory, it introduced me to some of my favorite films, and it led to one of my favorite final papers I’ve ever written."

Jennifer Cheng
BA '21