Bachelor of Arts in English, Literature

The literature specialization in English through the College of Liberal Arts trains students to think and write critically through rigorous instruction and engagement with issues of public concern, preparing them for careers in law, project management, publishing and education. The literature emphasis offers courses in British and U.S. literature, as well as global literatures in English. It focuses on a range of historical periods, individual authors, movements, themes and genres, and it stresses a range of theoretical methods and disciplinary approaches. Many of our courses center on diverse and underrepresented literatures in English. Faculty members in the department teach in a variety of fields, including the literature of U.S. writers of color, film, world literature, medieval, modern and early modern British literature.


The Department of English at the University of Nevada, Reno also offers an English minor which can help students stand out in today's competitive job market. Students will gain the skills employers need in critical reading, research, editing, oral presentation, writing and language use.

Why study English at the University of Nevada, Reno?

A range of resources and opportunities are available for students to become involved in faculty research and to conduct original research of their own. Many of our undergraduate students have presented their work at regional and national conferences.

Internships/career opportunities

The Department of English connects students with internships in the local community in fields of writing, editing, publishing and business administration, among others. Graduates of the English program have gone on to a variety of careers such as library administration, journalism, book publishing, teaching and medicine.

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