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In the English program, you will study the major authors, works, genres and literary  movements in the British and American traditions, approaching these texts both analytically and historically. Develop your skills in analysis, interpretation and writing by studying British and American literatures, as well as important works in English from around the world.

The English program provides a well-rounded education where you will develop critical and creative thinking skills by examining texts analytically, historically and from multiple points of view. You will also develop a unique voice, express yourself clearly in speaking and writing, and become an articulate interpreter and contributor to your culture.

If you are interested in becoming a teacher, the English department partners with the College of Education to award teaching degrees.

In addition to a variety of combined degree programs, we offer a combined bachelor’s + master’s degree in English as well as a combined bachelor’s + master’s degree in English and Secondary Education English degree. Both programs allow you to complete a bachelor’s degree and a graduate degree in as few as five years.

We also offer the 3+3 BA/JD Program, which allows high-achieving first-year undergraduate students to be admitted simultaneously to the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) and the College of Law (LAW). You’ll complete your first three years in LAS and your final three years in LAW.


Sample Courses:

  • Reading and Writing Poetry
  • The American Novel
  • Studies in Shakespeare
  • Writing in the city
  • Latino/a Literature
  • Major Authors: Jane Austen
  • Popular Literature: Harry Potter
  • Science and Nature Writing

Program Concentrations/Tracks:

  • Creative Writing
  • Literary Studies
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Career Options

Common Career Areas:

  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Creative writing
  • Editing
  • Education
  • Law
  • Publishing
  • Research


89 percent of 2017 English graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment after graduation.

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