Majors and Minors

English Major

An English major will prepare you to read and write in many genres and will nourish your passion for language and literature. It can also provide you with a vehicle to explore timeless concepts - like identity, place, and community - while preparing you for success in the job market

The UConn English major allows you to concentrate in one of eight optional tracks, create your own concentration, and pair your English major with a second major or minor in another field of study. Many English majors also pursue independent projects and hands-on experiences under the guidance of faculty mentors. With so many options, the possibilities are endless!

English majors meet individually with their advisors each semester to plain their careers.

Majors must take 30 credits of English courses at the 2000 level or above. Majors take six courses in the core curriculum and four elective courses - what we call “Core + 4.” You can choose to group your elective courses into one of eight optional tracks, or create a concentration of your own.

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English Minor

An English minor is the perfect way to supplement your major with critical thinking, writing, and comprehension skills that will be vital in your professional career. English minors must take 15 credits of English courses at the 2000 level or above. Students may declare a minor at any time during their academic career.


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Writing Minor

The writing minor allows students to build the interdisciplinary awareness of composing practices, histories, and theories in a diverse array of text and technologies. Writing minors must take 15 credits of approved W courses, which must include ENGL 2013W. Introduction to Writing Studies or ENGL 2049W. Writing through Research. Courses must come from at least two subject areas and must only have up to six credits overlapped with other majors/minors.

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For an overview of UConn's general education requirements, visit the CLAS Academic Services Center website.

Program Options

Students admitted to the UConn Honors Program as freshmen are selected on the basis of their SAT scores, their high school grades, and their class rank. Those admitted after their first semester are invited on the basis of their college grade point average and faculty recommendation. UConn honors students enjoy the advantages of unusually small seminars, of fellowship with other talented students, and of participation in scholarly events organized through the University Honors Program. They also receive special recognition at graduation, and a diploma acknowledging their participation in the University Honors Program.

The Neag School of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offer a dual-degree program for students planning to become teachers. Through Neag’s Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Education program, prospective English teachers can earn three degrees: a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education, a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English, and a Master’s degree in Education. Neag School of Education majors who wish to receive a Bachelors of Arts in English may need additional courses to fulfill CLAS requirements.