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The Bachelor of Arts in English offers students courses in US, British, and World literatures from the medieval, early modern, colonial, early-American, Victorian, modern, and contemporary periods.  Our award-winning faculty are scholar-teachers who offer expertise in subfields such as cultural studies, critical theory, rhetoric, narrative and poetics, and studies in race, class, gender, and sexualities. Students with a UHD English degree graduate with a portfolio of original research and writing on a diversity of authors, genres, and literary movements from around the world.

The BA in English primarily focuses on the study of literature and culture.  There are four concentrations available for students:

  • Literary Studies guides students in the analysis and interpretation of novels, short stories, poetry, plays, and essays and tackles larger questions about representation in different historical and social contexts
  • Creative Writing immerses students in the art and craft of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and literary translation in workshops
  • Film Studies brings students into a deeper understanding of how we look at narrative, documentary, and avant-garde cinema from around the world as it has changed from the late-19th century to the present
  • English Education orients students towards a future as a teacher in the classroom

Completion of the BA in English prepares graduates for any career, but particularly in professions that prioritize writing, research, editing, creative thinking, organization, communication, and a commitment to literacy, arts and culture, and the public good. Recent graduates currently work in corporate, educational, and non-profit sectors and participate in a number of Houston-area creative and literary arts communities.


  • Writer, Editor, Journalist, Columnist, Reporter, Blogger
  • Proposal Writer, Copy Writer, Technical Writer
  • Digital Communications, Social Media Management
  • Public Administration
  • Public Relations, Human Resources, Sales, Marketing
  • Law
  • Education
  • Communications Coordinator, Project Administrator, Executive Administrator
  • Staff positions with parks and recreation, museums, galleries, art spaces, theaters, universities, colleges, sports arenas, convention centers, churches, the zoo, and the medical center and health care industry

Suggested Minors​

  • History (minimum of 18 hours)
  • Philosophy (minimum of 18 hours)
  • Art History or Fine Art (minimum of 18 hours)
  • Social Sciences (minimum of 18 hours)

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