Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

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How can I learn more?

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How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED. Learn how to apply.

What will I learn in an English degree program?

Students in the Department of English have the opportunity to conduct in-depth research at our R1 classified University in a range of fields including literature, language and linguistics, writing, rhetoric and creative writing.

Areas of emphasis in the English program

  • English language

    Language is universal in human society and a prerequisite to civilization, culture, science, history and technology. The study of linguistics then, is the study of a defining characteristic of the human species.

    The linguistics faculty in the Department of English through the College of Liberal Arts conduct research in many sub-fields of linguistics, including sociolinguistics (the relationship between social factors and language use), phonetics and phonology (the physical nature and mental organization of speech sounds), morphology (the structure of words) and language documentation. Our faculty members focus on a similar range of languages around the world, including English and its varieties, Paiute, Navajo and Scottish Gaelic.

    Our linguistics students develop excellent analytical and problem-solving skills that are essential to professional careers or advanced study in fields like information technology, law, business, education, finance and medicine.

  • 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.

  • Minor

    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.

  • Writing

    Learn to write well in a variety of genres while developing critical thinking, collaboration and revision skills. Understand audience and context, and gain confidence in presenting work to an audience.

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

46% of undergraduate students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive financial aid. If you think your family’s income is too high to qualify for financial aid, you might be surprised.

50%+ of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

Life's a journey. Honors makes it meaningful.

At the University of Nevada, Reno Honors College, our students maximize their unique gifts and passions through a series of personalized experiences that deepen their capacity for transformative societal impact.

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