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.

A Bachelor of Arts in English at University of Maryland Global Campus offers a solid base of critical thinking on which to build a career or further graduate study. In this program, you will hone In-demand skills in research and writing that have a wide application in the job market. If you are intrigued by literature, the English major may be right for you.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

This program is also available as a minor.

Students who complete this program may be eligible to reduce their total coursework for the Master of Arts in Teaching by 12 credits.

About the English Bachelor's Degree

In the online English bachelor's degree program, 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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of a range of English-language literary texts, genres, and terms
  • Analyze literary texts to explain stylistic, historical, sociocultural, and ethical significance
  • Apply critical theory to literary texts to enhance interpretation and analysis
  • Conduct effective research across a range of media
  • Create writing that effectively argues, persuades, illuminates, and/or informs
  • Create presentations in various media to demonstrate the results of academic inquiry

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Write proposals amd prepare presentations and other academic writing using primary and secondary texts
  • Prepare a biocritical essay on an author and the author's work
  • Add a voiceover to a map of different regions of the United States, illustrating how pronunciation changes throughout the region

English Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

This program requires 33 credits of coursework in the major.

  • ENGL 240
  • ENGL 281
  • ENGL 303
  • ENGL 386 or any upper-level ENGL course
  • ENGL 310
  • ENGL 311 or any upper-level ENGL course
  • ENGL 312 or any upper-level ENGL course
  • ENGL 430
  • ENGL 433
  • ENGL 441 or any upper-level ENGL course
  • ENGL 495

Electives

This program requires 46 credits of minor and/or elective coursework. We recommend EDTP 500 and EDTP 535 if you are qualified to take those courses and are planning to enter the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Note the prerequisites for these courses and contact an advisor before registering.

General Education Requirements

This program requires 41 credits of general education coursework.

Research and Computing Literacy

  • PACE 111C or other PACE 111 course
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • LIBS 150, CAPL 398A, or other general education elective
  • CMST 301 or another computing course appropriate to the major

Communication

  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • WRTG 391 or other advanced upper-level writing course

Mathematics

  • MATH 105 or other approved math or statistics course

Arts and Humanities

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course 
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course

Biological and Physical Sciences

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • GEOL 100 or other science lecture course

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. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

Overall Bachelor's Degree Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements and the major, minor, and elective requirements, the overall requirements listed below apply to all bachelor's degrees.

  • You must complete a minimum of 120 credits.
  • You must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall and a minimum grade of C for any class applied to the academic major or minor.
  • Within the 120 credits required, the following coursework must be taken through UMGC:
    • 30 credits (normally the final 30)
    • Half of the required number of credits within both the major and the minor
    • 15 credits at the upper level (earned in classes numbered 300 to 499), preferably within the major or minor
  • At least 45 credits must be upper level and include at least half of the credits required for the major. The remaining upper-level credits can be earned in any part of the curriculum.
  • At least half the required number of credits for any academic major or minor must be earned through graded coursework. Credit earned by examination, portfolio assessment, or noncollegiate training does not count as graded coursework.

Double majors: You can earn a dual major upon completion of all requirements for both majors, including the required minimum number of credits for each major and all related requirements for both majors. The same class cannot be used to fulfill requirements for more than one major. Certain restrictions (including use of credit and acceptable combinations of majors) apply for double majors. You cannot major in two programs with excessive overlap of required coursework. Contact an admissions advisor before selecting a double major.

Second bachelor's degree: To earn a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 credits through UMGC after completing the first degree. The combined credit in both degrees must add up to at least 150 credits. You must complete all requirements for the major. All prerequisites apply. If any of these requirements were satisfied in the previous degree, the remainder necessary to complete the minimum 30 credits of new classes should be satisfied with classes related to your major. You may not earn a second bachelor's degree in general studies and may not obtain a second associate's degree within the second bachelor's degree. Contact an admissions advisor before pursuing a second bachelor's degree.

Electives: Electives can be taken in any academic discipline. No more than 21 credits can consist of vocational or technical credit. Pass/fail credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits, can be applied toward electives only.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for jobs in education, law, publishing, journalism, public relations, business, and management.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend you have strong communication and presentation skills.

Student Clubs and Organizations

    Type: Student organization
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The English and Humanities Club aims to bring together students and others within the university community who have an interest in English and/or the humanities for the purpose of collaboration, support, and professional growth. Previous activities include a writer's workshop, a symposium on careers and graduate school, and meet-ups for artists.

    Type: Honor society
    Available To: Undergraduate

    Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, has more than 880 active chapters located in the United States and abroad. Nationally recognized, its purpose is to provide opportunities to associate with students, alumni, and faculty members who have a common interest in writing and in English language and literature.