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English and Writing Degrees

The Department of English and Writing cultivates students who are masterful writers, analytical readers and adept critical thinkers. Students pursing a major in English and Writing can choose to concentrate in diverse areas, developing a comprehensive knowledge of the history of literature or skills in demand in the fields of creative and professional writing. The department imparts to all the students it services (majors and non-majors alike) the vital skills of written and verbal communication. Most importantly, by emphasizing critical thinking, we aim to teach students how to read not only texts but the world around them, to prepare them to thrive in an environment where digital literacy, writing and communication skills are increasingly important.

The English major is no longer limited to the study of literature but is a vibrant major creating tomorrow’s leaders across many fields and in diverse career paths. The ability to communicate clearly through writing, research and critical thinking are high value skills for any new hire.
 
At UT, majors offered cover both the breadth and depth of the traditional study of English literature plus a range of courses that look to the future of the field. Students are encouraged to extend their knowledge beyond the mainstream tradition through the study of multi-ethnic literature, oral traditions, avant-garde and counter-cultural expression, major contemporary voices in creative and professional writing, and digital and new media studies.

Programs

Majors
Bachelor of Arts in English - Acquaints students with historical and contemporary literary traditions in courses that enhance reading, writing and interpretive skills. The department fosters the ability to enjoy and understand literature and cultivates the knowledge and sensitivity needed to explore great texts — from ancient literature through film and multi-media forms.

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism - Provides students with a wide array of news writing, reporting, editing and multimedia skills and an understanding of journalism history, ethics and legal principles.

Bachelor of Arts in Writing - Educates students in the art and craft of written communication, combining liberal arts ideals with practical, real-world applications. Students in the program can concentrate on creative writing (fiction, poetry, and other imaginative forms), professional writing (journalism, public relations, advertising, and information design for technical communication), and writing for the media.
Minors
Minor in English - Recommended for those students majoring in another program but interested in historical and contemporary literary traditions in courses that enhance reading, writing, and interpretive skills.

Minor in Journalism - Recommended for those students majoring in another program but interested in journalism, news reporting and writing, multimedia, broadcast, and feature writing. 
 
Minor in Professional and Technical Writing - Provides guided practice in designing and producing the kinds of visual and verbal communication expected in the workplace.

Minor in Writing - Recommended for those students majoring in another program but interested in creative writing (fiction, poetry, and other imaginative forms), professional writing (journalism, public relations, advertising, and information design for technical communication), and writing for the media.
Certificate Program
Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - A TESOL Certificate is a widely accepted and recognized program that reflects a student’s initial academic and practical preparation in the teaching of English as a second language (ESL) or English as a foreign language (EFL).