Jac Jemc
My Only Wife, the debut novel by Jac Jemc '05, was put on short list for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize.
English Major



As an English-Writing major, you'll exercise your imagination through experimentation and serious play. 

Because all writers learn from the writers that come before them, the English-Writing major requires a core of literature classes.  Beyond that, you can choose to specialize in writing fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, or journalism, or you can combine genres to meet your interests. 

IWU offers opportunities for students to gain practical experience experience in both the creative writing and journalism fields.

  • Tributaries, IWU’s magazine of the arts, provides the chance for campus publication of poetry, prose, or artwork, and the experience of producing a publication.
  • The Argus, the weekly campus newspaper, is a great opportunity for students to build their journalistic skills.
  • Lyrical Graffitti promotes slam poetry and spoken word performances, including student poetry slams. 


Department Website

English Department

Career Connector

English Alumni Careers


Sample Four-Year Curriculum

This is just an example four-year plan; your actual schedule can/will deviate from this sample. Your faculty advisor will work with you to match appropriate courses with your interests. Some English courses listed here are offered on alternating years. Check the course search for availability.

Jim Plath

Dr. Jim Plath

Curious about your English professors? Learn more about our distinguished English faculty.

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

    one or two of the 300-level literature courses listed

May Term

* At least one pre-1830 course is required.
Once enrolled, all students will have a degree evaluation tool available to them on MyIWU. This will help you determine what courses are required to graduate on time.