The University of Central Missouri's B.A. Program in English offers courses on a wide array of literature from different time periods, nations, and perspectives. UCM English majors study topics ranging from medieval romances to modern dystopias; from Jane Austen’s England to Langston Hughes’ Harlem; from Hamlet to Huckleberry Finn.
Our majors also do intensive work in writing and research that will serve them well in a twenty-first-century economy where these skills are much in demand. It is a major rooted in the challenges and pleasures of reading and thinking.
Careers for English Majors
With the training they receive in writing, critical thinking, and literature, UCM English majors are able to thrive in a number of careers. Recent UCM English alums are now working in careers in publishing, editing, public relations, law, advertising, web writing, entertainment, and technical writing and research. The UCM English major can also pave the way to academia. In Fall 2017, recent alums were admitted to prestigious Ph.D. programs at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Kansas—in both cases with fellowships and assistantships to cover the cost of graduate school. Many English majors pair their degree with minors like technical writing, creative writing, or business to make themselves even more competitive on the job market.
Major, Bachelor of Arts Degree
The graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:
- Use the methods and techniques of literary study to develop the skills of close reading and literary analysis.
- Write with clarity, originality, grammatical correctness, proper usage, and logic, demonstrating the rhetorical skill necessary for successful communication.
- Accomplish primary and secondary research, incorporating the results into formal written presentations with an understanding of appropriate critical approaches.
- Understand the relationship between works of literature and the historical/cultural contexts in which they were written.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of literary periods, approaches, genres, and major works.