Are you an avid reader or talented writer looking for a degree that will expose you to literature from around the world and hone your critical thinking, research, and analytical writing skills? The English major at the University of Central Arkansas has received excellent ratings from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education for a curriculum that incorporates theoretical and applied studies of canonical English and American literature as well as diverse areas like African/African American literature, Post-colonial literature, Native American literature, Asian/Asian American literature, Women in literature, Theater, and more. A degree in English will prepare you to pursue careers in a variety of fields, such as business, entrepreneurship, journalism, non-profit organizations, ministry, and government, or continue your education in professional, law, medical, or graduate school.
As an English major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special. Just a few of the benefits of our program include:
- Expert Faculty with award-winning academic credentials in research, service, and pedagogy, such as the Outstanding Teaching Award and Outstanding Faculty Award for the College of Liberal Arts. Instructors are deeply committed to the success of their students, and provide individual attention, a network of community connections, and mentoring for internships, undergraduate research, and employment opportunities.
- Educating for Global Engagement (EDGE) offers students internships, undergraduate research, service learning, and study abroad opportunities, such as travel to the British Isles, France, and Italy. To find out more about the possibilities associated with this program, visit the EDGE webpage at: http://uca.edu/liberalarts/edgeplan/.
- Professional Development through UCA student organizations, such as the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, which (among many other things) co-sponsors the annual Banned Books Week, promoting censorship awareness through public readings and other events. There are also numerous on-campus literary events, such as the UCA Writers in Residence initiative, which invites professional writers to campus to share their knowledge and experience through presentations, readings, and workshops, as well as the annual student research conference sponsored by the Department of English, to provide students with an outlet for presenting their ideas and discoveries to faculty, peers, and area professionals.
- Employment Opportunities are diverse and include work in bookstores, travel bureaus, non-profits, and government agencies; as well as careers as curators, archivists, editors, publishers, poets, novelists, journalists, librarians, playwrights, and proofreaders, just to name a few.
To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the English major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit http://www.uca.edu/english/.