English is ideal for students who want to be creative and versatile readers, writers, and communicators. The major exposes students to centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts. Its offerings in rhetoric, environmental humanities, comics studies, medical humanities, disability studies, digital humanities, and the study of race and ethnicity allow students to focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, all while receiving training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking. These skills provide vital preparation for professional careers, as well as for further academic work or artistic endeavors.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Read across centuries of great literature from around the globe.

  2. Explore groundbreaking research in popular media, film, folklore, and rhetoric.

  3. Gain distinctive communication skills to help you succeed in any field.

  4. Learn to shape the information age.

  5. Work with experts to create innovative research projects in digital exhibits and archives.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in English may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA), a Master of Arts (MA), or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. English provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Creative writing


Editing and publishing


Information and library sciences

Technical writing and editing

Grant and proposal writing

Science and medical writing

Marketing and promotion

Public and media relations

Alumni Jobs



Sports reporter

Technical writer

Financial adviser

Director of brand marketing

Intellectual property developer

Data analyst

Courses You
May Need

1st Year
Two lower-division ENG/FLR electives and two ENG 205 genre courses; 101-3 of a B.A. language

2nd Year
Major foundations: 303; 304 or 305; 201-3 of a B.A. language. Major advanced writing req

3rd Year
Four upper-division ENG/FLR/CRWR courses in the major categories

4th Year
Four upper-division ENG/FLR/CRWR courses in the major categories

Major Credits
Required 16 credits
Electives 40 credits

Total 56 credits

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Written and oral communication

International and intercultural awareness and sensitivity


Critical and analytical thinking

Editing and proofreading

Deep reading and cognitive patience

Global perspectives

Synthesizing and communicating complex information

Creativity and problem-solving
Experiential learning opportunities

Writing Associate Program

Community Literacy volunteer outreach
Specialized Courses

Digital Humanities (minor)

Disability Studies (minor)

Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Thinking (minor and certificate program)



Comic Studies

Gender, Ability, Queer Studies, and Sexualities

Empire, Race, and Ethnicity

Business and Technical Writing, Grammar
Add A Minor Or Certificate



Business Administration

Comics and Cartoon Studies

Cinema Studies

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