BA English

The Bachelor of Arts in English offers classes in Literature, Technical and Professional Communication, Composition, and Creative Writing, and prepares students for various career opportunities. Companies need employees who can write skillfully and professionally; in fact, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 73.4% of employers want a candidate with strong written communication skills. Many graduates also pursue graduate school in law, education, technical and professional writing, and literary studies.

Key Program Features

Develop critical thinking, writing and reading skills – instilling a deeper understanding of your own and others’ cultures and histories

Develop cultural, professional, aesthetic and technological literacies

Program Details

Our small class sizes, project-based approach to learning, and our ability to differentiate learning among students means that a UMO English major graduates with strong communication skills, and the ability to collaborate and problem-solve.

Student involvement activities include Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society), The Olive Press (literary journal), Literary Festival (annual celebration of North Carolina writers), Annual Literary Events (contests, readings, and cross-disciplinary activities), and the Sophia Potts Writing Award ($1000 scholarship for first-year students). We also offer internship opportunities for students to gain workplace communication skills.

  • Technical and Professional
  • English
  • Creative Writing
  • Publishing Studies
  • Technical and Professional Communication

More Information

Survey (9SH) – Choose three of the following:

  • ENG 213 Perspectives in World Literature
  • ENG 223 Perspectives in British Literature
  • ENG 233 Perspectives in American Literature
  • ENG 243 Perspectives in African American Literature

Writing/Communication (9SH) – Choose three of the following:

  • ENG 241 Public Speaking
  • ENG 250 Business Communication
  • ENG 255 Creative Writing and Literary Forms
  • ENG 310 Advanced Composition
  • ENG 312 Technical Writing

Focus (21SH) – Majors should work in consultation with their advisors to plan an approved list of seven upper-level courses. Two classes may be at the 200-level, and all others must be at the 300-400 level.

Senior Research (6SH)

  • ENG 380 Research Methodology
  • ENG 480 Senior Thesis/Portfolio
  • Teaching
  • Marketing
  • Web Design
  • Publishing
  • Journalism