English Bachelor's Degree

Gain the analytical, critical, and communication skills to help you succeed in graduate study or an in-demand career by pursuing a bachelor's degree in English.

Like other liberal arts majors, a major in English at UMUC offers a solid base of critical thinking on which to build a career or further graduate study. In-demand skills in research and writing that have a wide application in the job market are also honed. If you are intrigued by the study of language and literature, the English major may be right for you.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the English Bachelor's Degree

In the English major, you’ll study literature and writing, improving your cultural literacy and your ability to recognize and appreciate great works of literature. By following a critical approach to the study of literature, you’ll learn to articulate ideas with clarity, conduct original research, and convey complex information in logical, accessible language.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Demonstrate knowledge of a range of English-language literary texts, genres, and terms
  • Analyze literary texts to explain stylistic, historical, sociocultural, and ethical significance
  • Apply critical theory to literary texts to enhance interpretation and analysis
  • Conduct effective research across a range of media
  • Create writing that effectively argues, persuades, illuminates, and/or informs
  • Create presentations in various media to demonstrate the results of academic inquiry

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Use critical thinking skills and primary texts to write letters, dialogue, presentations, and other assignments using examples and arguments from books and plays studied in class
  • Create a Facebook page for an author like Shakespeare
  • Create a digital narrative illustrating the differences between English language in Chaucer’s time and the present
  • Add a voiceover to a map of different regions of the United States, illustrating how pronunciation changes throughout the region

English Bachelor's Degree Requirements

A degree with a major in English requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 33 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 46 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 17 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.

Courses in the Major

General Education Requirements

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).

Research Course

Writing Courses

Arts and Humanities Courses

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

Math Course

Computing Courses

Electives

The bachelor's degree in English requires 46 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for jobs in education, law, publishing, journalism, public relations, business, and management.