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Bachelor of Arts in English

The Bachelor of Arts degree in English is a four-year major that can be completed at UConn Waterbury. The study of English involves learning about literature and literary history as well as developing the writing and critical thinking skills required for literary interpretation.  UConn’s English major offers students a traditional liberal arts background.  The study of literature will expose students to great writers and thinkers, different viewpoints and experiences. Through the mastery of language, students are prepared to express themselves and their ideas to a variety of audiences.

English offers a rich array of courses including Shakespeare, Renaissance Literature, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature, Romantic Literature, Poetry, and the Modern Novel; extensive offerings in British, Irish and American Literature; and courses in drama and play writing.

A minor in English is also available.


Degree Requirements

Curriculum (General Education Requirements/Required Courses)

  1. A) Introduction to Literary Studies
  2. B) Literary History
  3. C) Methods
  4. D) Major Author courses
  5. E) Advanced Study
  6. F) Additional Courses in English

Related Courses

Elective Courses

120 Credits Minimum 60 credits 30 credits 3 credits
9 credits
6 credits
3 credits
3 credits
6 credits Minimum 12 credits


Waterbury Campus English Faculty

Ellen Carillo, Assistant Professor and Writing Coordinator

  • Rhetoric and Composition: Critical/Literay Theory; 20th Century British Literature

Rachael Lynch, Associate Professor

  • 19th Century British Literature; Irish Literature; the Novel

Tom Dulack, Professor

  • Renaissance; 20th Century American Literature; Drama; Creative Writing

Glen MacLeod, Professor

  • American Literature to 1900; 20th Century American Literature; Poetry

Faculty Publications/Faculty Bookshelf/Research

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I do all four years and complete the English major at Waterbury?
    Yes, you can.
  • Is it the same as doing it at Storrs?
    No, not entirely; our smaller size does result in some restrictions. You need to plan carefully and think ahead. We offer the required course for the major (ENGL 2600) every Fall and we offer a Capstone option once a year. If you would like a wider choice of courses, you might think about adding a few classes from the Hartford and Torrington campuses, although many students have completed their degrees taking courses exclusively at the Waterbury campus.
  • What can I not do in Waterbury?
    You cannot do the concentration in creative writing without going to Storrs, and we do not offer Honors courses at Waterbury.
  • What are the advantages of doing all four years at Waterbury?
    We offer smaller classes than at Storrs, a great deal of individual attention, and a close-knit community. We boast an excellent Writing Center. And we offer the concentration in Irish Literature, as well as the opportunity to choose an off-campus Writing Internship for major credit.

Career Options

A degree in English opens up a broad range of opportunities that involve writing, editing, and communicating. The nature of the work for an English major depends on the career field a student chooses. Many students in English pursue advanced degrees in fields such as Law and Education. Many use their degree to work in editing, publishing, public relations, and marketing, as well.

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