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. Your degree program can prepare you for jobs in education, law, publishing, journalism, public relations, business, or management. If you are intrigued by the study of language and literature, the English major may be right for you.

Your Coursework in English

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

  • Interpret literature and apply language in a thoughtful and articulate way to reflect on the human condition in today's world
  • Apply models from literature that reflect diversity and cultural competence to promote fair and inclusive interactions in the workplace and society
  • Apply models from literature to ethical leadership and strategic management in for-profit and nonprofit organizations
  • Access, research, and analyze information using technologies and library resources
  • Create professional written and oral communications
  • Provide feedback on grammatical and stylistic conventions

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

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 (33 Credits)

General Education Courses (41 Credits)

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) may be found on p. 66.

Research Course

Introduction to Research (1 Credit, LIBS 150) (to be taken in first 6 credits)

Writing Courses

Arts and Humanities Courses

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

Math Course

College Mathematics (3 Credits, MATH 103)
or other 3-credit MATH course at or above the level of college algebra

Computing Courses

Career Services

Whether you are a current student, alumnus, prospective student or employer, Career Services offers you easy access to career-related support and resources.

Current students and alumni can take advantage of many valuable services, including

  • Career mapping
  • Resume and cover-letter tips
  • Job fair preparation
  • Resources to find job opportunities
  • Strategies for the federal job search
  • Interview preparation

Prospective students are eligible for general Career Planning and Career Change advising as it relates to potential UMUC studies only.