English, B.A.


Many students choose to major in English because they love to read and write. As an English major, you’ll be taught by award-winning professors while exploring the works of Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Toni Morrison, and more. 

You will develop critical thinking and research skills, improve your writing, explore your passions, and broaden your cultural awareness as you study literature, rhetoric, and theory and develop your own creative and critical work. 


  • UNCG was ranked 45th out of over 200 research-intensive English departments for overall faculty scholarly productivity in 2014 by Academic Analytics.
  • An accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s degree program allows students to earn a master’s degree in as little as five years.
  • Professors regularly win university-wide teaching and mentorship awards for their commitment to student success.
  • Professors have published more than 40 academic studies, novels, and books of poetry since 2010.


  • Class sizes are small – ranging from 20-36 students per class. 
  • Classes are taught almost exclusively by permanent, tenure-track faculty members.
  • Internship experiences are available and encouraged. 
  • You are encouraged to perform undergraduate research and present findings at regional and national conferences.
  • An impressive range of critical and creative speakers visit campus.
  • Opportunities for campus involvement include editorial positions through UNCG’s fine arts magazine, Coraddi, as well as the student newspaper, The Carolinian.
  • The creative writing minor gives you a glimpse into our renowned Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, one of the oldest in the country.


  • Graduates enter professions including teaching, writing and editing, journalism, law, social work, business, communications, advertising, the ministry, and library science.
  • Potential career paths for graduates include:
    • Lawyer
    • Editor
    • Journalist
    • Novelist
    • Poet
    • Teacher
    • Technical Writer
    • Copywriter
  • Many pursue graduate study in law at institutions including Elon University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in literature at institutions including The University of Texas and The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


The College of Arts and Sciences offers a minor in Videogaming and Esports that pairs well with this degree. Students complete one required course and 12 hours of electives in courses like Intro to 3D Animation and Fandom and Religion: Rituals, Texts, Communities. Learn More.

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Program Details

Degree Type: Bachelor's

College/School: College of Arts and Sciences

Program Type: Majors & Concentrations

Class Type: In Person

Contact Us

Dr. Karen Weyler
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of English