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Bachelor of Arts in English

Today's business leaders value English majors who can think, write, and communicate. Make your passion for English work for you.

With a strong commitment to the arts and humanities, as well as to developing the essential skills of analysis, inquiry, research, and expression, the English faculty prepare students for a variety of professions that range from teaching to law, publication to management, public administration to technical writing.

What Do English Majors Study?

All English majors take three foundation courses that focus on the writing and analytic skills needed to succeed in English. They then choose one of four areas of specialization leading to the B.A. in English:

  • Literature
    "Literature is unbelievably helpful, because no matter what business you are in, you are dealing with interpersonal relationships. It gives you an appreciation of what makes people tick."
    - Michael Eisner, English major and former CEO of Disney
  • Writing
    "Those who can translate their knowledge into meaningful sentences have an advantage - they are the ones who shape reality."
    - New York Times
  • Language and Linguistics
    "Dozen of technology start-ups are commercializing linguistics research, and competing to hire the relatively small pool of specialists on the topic, which isn't even taught at many U.S. universities. Suddenly, linguists have their pick of jobs as lexicographers, "knowledge engineers" and "vocabulary-resource managers."
    - Wall Street Journal
  • English for Secondary Education
    "When I look for a teacher, I look for an educated person, someone who has been immersed in books, the arts, the sciences and philosophy through a liberal arts education. Our schools need teachers who have developed capacity for critical inquiry, for problem solving and for innovation."
    - Linda Mikels, School Principal, New York Times

Pick your passion and find your path to success.

The department offers a wide range of upper-level courses, from Medieval poetry to contemporary American literature, from memoir writing to language and gender, from the history of the English language to sociolinguistics. It also often offers theme-based courses on topics including contemporary American "grit lit," revenge in Renaissance drama, the intersection of law and literature, and contemporary fantasy writing. Writing workshops are similarly diverse, ranging from poetry and screenwriting to professional and grant writing to writing about place.

The faculty is deeply committed to exploring the diversity of writing in English, from courses on African-American and Native American literature to offerings in global literature in English. Courses in film, popular culture, and web design encourage students to extend the definition of the literary. Courses often reflect faculty research interests and passions, and they are designed to encourage students to consider the kinds of cultural and ethical questions essential to English study.

What Can I Do With A Bachelor's in English

English graduates have gone on go to excel in a wide range of exciting fields, including:

  • Law - Forensic linguistics, business, criminal, copyright, international, family, real estate, and politics
  • Technology - Software engineering and app development, startups, website development, new media development
  • Business and Marketing - Advertising, public relations, content strategy, communications, political consulting, lobbying
  • Administration - Public, arts, business, education, libraries
  • The Arts - Entertainment, museums, galleries, performance spaces
  • Writing - Journalism and freelance writing; technical writing; business communications; fiction; poetry; nonfiction
  • Editing and Publishing - Business, books, magazines
  • Teaching at all levels, from elementary to graduate, including teaching English abroad
  • Medicine, social work and psychology
  • Library sciences and information services

Why Get a Bachelor's in English Here?

  • Success and Career Workshops: Numerous workshops are offered to help you make the most of your English major and plan for the next steps in your career.
  • Internship and Research Assistantship Program: Get hands-on experience working with faculty and at local presses, nonprofits, and noteworthy companies before you even graduate.
  • Award-Winning Faculty: Here, you'll learn from fine faculty, many of whom are winners of national and international awards for teaching and research. At the University of Nevada, Reno, you can even work with faculty on undergraduate research - a great way to build your résumé.

What's Next?

If you're ready to declare English as your major, or just have more questions, make an appointment to talk with one of the English Department's academic advisors. Schedule your appointment by calling (775) 784-6689 or emailing or

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Contact College of Liberal Arts

Phone (775) 784-6155
Fax (775) 784-1478
Location Ansari Business Building
Address University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557

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