To inquire about this program:
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As an English major, you will study influential American and British authors and works, as well as various genres and literary movements in the English tradition. The English program will teach you to read perceptively and write effectively, understand the power of language, and develop skills in creative writing.

The program encourages critical and creative thought by examining texts analytically, historically and from multiple points of view.

The English program offers three concentrations:

  • Creative Writing
  • Literary Studies
  • Secondary English Education
Courses in the Creative Writing concentration include:

  • Creative writing
  • Diverse traditions
  • Literary analysis
  • Poetry and prose
Courses in the Literary Studies concentration include:

  • American literature
  • British literature
  • Diverse traditions
  • Poetry and prose
If you are interested in becoming a teacher, the English department partners with the College of Education to award teaching degrees. Courses in the Secondary English Education concentration include:

  • American literature
  • British literature
  • Diverse traditions
  • Education
  • Poetry and prose

We also offer a combined bachelor's/master's degree program in English and a combined bachelor’s in English/master’s in Secondary Education English degree. Both programs allow you to complete a bachelor's degree and a graduate degree.

Internship Possibilities

  • The Onion
  • Chicago Tribune
  • NewCity
  • Albert Whitman & Co.​
  • Curbside Splendor
  • Eula Biss
  • Alex Kotlowitz
  • Jonathan Eig
  • 826CHI
  • Chicago Literary Hall of Fame
  • Dana Kaye Publicity
  • Story Club
  • The Encyclopedia Show


What can you do with this degree?

  • Administration
  • Advertising
  • Editing
  • Human resources
  • Information and library science
  • Law
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Publishing
  • Writing