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To succeed in the 21st century, you must be able to read, write, and think critically. Our required coursework includes a sophomore seminar that focuses on research and critical analysis of literature. The required internship as a writer or editor allows you to gain real-world experience while continuing to develop your skills. Your senior capstone course will help perfect your analytical skills and give you the opportunity to review theoretical issues before you join the workplace or continue on to graduate school.

You will be instructed by faculty who are award-winning published authors and poets. Thanks to our small class sizes, they are able to take a personal interest in you and your aspirations. There are writing-intensive courses throughout the major.

You can use the skills honed in class to work on the University yearbook, student-edited literary magazine, student newspaper, or student magazine. There are many writing competitions you can enter both on and o campus. Faculty will push you to stretch beyond any self-imposed limits to find success.

In six of the last eight years, a statewide committee of accomplished poets and critics has selected a UHart English major to be part of the Connecticut Poetry Circuit. The committee chooses only five first-rate undergraduate poets from colleges and universities across the state to participate in a reading tour of Connecticut colleges. Competition for these slots is intense. In addition to participating in the tour, the work of the winners of this prestigious competition is published in Connecticut Review.

Our English majors have also been accepted to highly selective writing conferences like the Bread Loaf Writer’s conference in Vermont and have had their work published in various journals and magazines.

Critical thinkers and good writers can be found in nearly every career path. Our graduates are working as press secretaries, book editors, newspaper writers, political organizers, librarians, teachers, and more.


Bachelor of Arts in English - Creative Writing Emphasis

Students concentrating on creative writing will read widely in American and/or British literature and will combine this reading with intensive workshops in which they can nurture their creativity, discover a unique written voice, and refine their writing skills.

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Bachelor of Arts in English - Literature Emphasis

Literature majors study major periods and authors in British and American literature and learn to write insightful analytical and persuasive essays. Literature students immerse themselves in beautiful and interesting poems, plays, novels, and stories, and they hone their reading, thinking, and writing skills.

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