Welcome, Undergraduates!

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You Belong Here

Our students are thoughtful interpreters and creative and effective communicators. Though they are unique individuals, and come from diverse backgrounds, they share a deep curiosity about life’s greatest questions. Our faculty members are dedicated teachers and experts in their fields, which range across every historical period, world region, and literary genre. We are committed to maintaining small class sizes, so that our students can develop close working relationships with faculty mentors. Together, we nourish our passion for language and literature in all their many forms.

One Major, Many Careers

Majoring in English will enable you to spend time doing what you love while also acquiring a versatile career toolkit. The English degree fosters skills in reading, writing, research, and analysis, all of which are highly sought on the job market. Recent graduates of our department have gone on to positions in publishing, marketing, development, media production, non-profit management, government, and education. They have also been accepted to graduate programs in the humanities and social sciences as well as to professional programs in law, journalism, business, dentistry, and medicine.

The English Major

English majors craft a plan of study from a variety of courses representing every area of our discipline, including British, American, and World literatures; ethnic literatures; literary theory; creative writing; expository writing; and film studies.

While our students are taught the foundational skills of literary analysis and written communication, they are also invited to delve into the more philosophical questions that shape our field: What is the difference between “literature” and “popular culture”? How does a poem, a play, a graphic novel, or a movie, convey meaning? How can reading—or writing—literature help to address social problems like racism, sexism, ableism, and homophobia? In what ways are political or religious convictions shaped by language? And how does literature shed light on current environmental crises such as pollution, deforestation, and climate change?

English majors may sharpen their academic and professional skills by taking  writing internships for English course credit, participating in education abroad programs, or contributing to the student-run Long River Review, UConn’s award-winning literary and art magazine.

English and Other Majors

Undergraduates who use their time at college to obtain knowledge and competencies in more than one area often have a distinct advantage in a competitive job market. Students majoring in other disciplines may therefore wish to double or dual major in English, or to complete an English minor. The essential skills of interpretation, communication, research, and analysis learned in our courses will complement those developed in most other UConn majors, not just in the arts and humanities, but also in the social sciences, the STEM fields, and business.

Join Us!

 We invite you to consider joining our vibrant community of thinkers and writers. For more information about choosing a major or minor in English, please visit the following websites:

advising.english.uconn.edu

english.uconn.edu

You may also get in touch with Inda Watrous, our undergraduate academic advisor, via email at inda.watrous@uconn.edu