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Majors & Minors

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English

To earn a BA with a major in English, you must complete 33 hours in English or writing (exclusive of ENGL 10803, 10833, 20803 and 20833). In this program, you will hone your writing and communication skills, develop critical and creative thinking that translates to a range of professions, from law to journalism to social work.

Sample Courses

  • Contemporary Latinx Literature
  • Gender, Culture and Representation
  • Crime Fiction
  • Literatures of the Global African Diaspora
  • Jane Austen: Novels and Films
  • Law and Literature
  • Digital Approaches to Textual Problems

Top English Careers

  • Journalist
  • Public Relations
  • Scholar
  • Marketing Executive
  • Social Media Manager
  • Lawyer
  • Judge
  • Policy Analyst
  • Writer or Editor 


Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Writing

To earn a BA with a major in writing, you must complete 33 hours in writing or English (exclusive of ENGL 10803, 10833, 20803 and 20833). As a writing student, you’ll explore the artistic and technical aspects of effective and compelling writing. Through varied coursework and class assignments, you’ll find your voice as a writer.

Sample Courses

  • Professional Writing
  • Travel Writing
  • Fiction Writing Workshop
  • Editing & Publishing
  • Writing Games
  • Writing Cross-Cultural Differences
  • Women’s Rhetoric

Top Writing Careers

Whether you’re interested in business, engineering, communications or any other industry, a mastery of writing will make you and your resume stand out from the crowd.

  • Lawyer
  • Writer or Editor
  • Social Media Manager
  • Copywriter
  • Marketing or Advertising Executive
  • Public Relations

Distinction Program

The English department’s Distinction Program is designed for high-achieving English and writing majors.

Upon completion of the Distinction Program, students will have authored a thesis on a topic of their choice, which is excellent preparation for graduate and professional school, as well as future work in multiple industries. They may list the distinction program and thesis on their resumes. Through this program, students will find a community of other ambitious and motivated English and writing majors.

Minor in Creative Writing

A minor in Creative Writing is a great way to experience the phenomenal writing courses we offer and build lifelong writing skills. This minor requires 18 credit hours of courses.

Minor in English

To earn a minor in English, you must complete 18 semester hours in English. You'll be able to take a variety of courses and choose the subjects you're most passionate about.

Minor in Writing

The minor in writing requires 18 semester hours in writing or English. You'll be able to choose from courses across the department, including several digitally-focused courses to help you succeed in the modern job market.