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 requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the English Bachelor's Degree

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

Total Credits Required: 120

Required Major Courses

  • ENGL 240
  • ENGL 250
  • ENGL 303
  • ENGL 310
  • ENGL 430
  • ENGL 459
  • ENGL 495
  • Upper-level ENGL courses (12 credits): Focused study in American literature or British literature recommended; see Degree Focus tab

Vertical Pathway

Through a vertical pathway, students who complete this program may be eligible to reduce their total coursework for a Master of Arts in Teaching.

Degree Focus

Choose from one of these recommended groups of classes or mix and match to align with your career goals and interests.

American Literature Focus

  • ENGL 363
  • ENGL 364
  • ENGL 433
  • ENGL 441

British Literature Focus

  • ENGL 311
  • ENGL 312
  • ENGL 386
  • ENGL 406

General Education Requirements

UMGC outlines the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees on the General Education Requirements webpage.

In addition to the major, elective, and general education courses and requirements outlined on this page, please review the overall bachelor's degree requirements.

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. Winner of a 2021 UMGC Student Organization Best-in-Show Activities and Events Award!

    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.