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Program at a Glance

Program
Bachelor
College(s)
College of Arts and Humanities
Department(s)
English
4
Years
$212.28 per credit hour
$748.89 per credit hour

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Develop a Foundation in Critical Thinking and Writing

As an English major at UCF, explore the power of language. Your coursework will cover critical thought, expression through writing, and knowledge of cultural and literary trends from a number of different perspectives. These perspectives include scholarship, creating original texts, and communication about and through technology.

You’ll have the opportunity to align your studies with your personal and professional goals. Choose from three tracks, including creative writing, literature and technical communication. After graduation, pursue a career in fields such as law, editing and publishing, teaching, corporate and not-for-profit management, consulting and information technology. This degree also prepares you to continue your studies in graduate school, whether you choose to continue English or another discipline.

Creative Writing Track
Explore fiction, poetry and non-fiction prose through the appreciation of existing texts. You’ll also have an opportunity to produce your own texts in these genres. This track’s coursework covers the craft of writing creatively through the study of theory and the close analysis of your own practice. Earn your English Creative Writing degree online or on campus, depending on which option best fits your schedule.

Literature Track
Develop the ability to read discerningly, think critically and write clearly. This track encompasses the study of literature in its historical, cultural and theoretical contexts. You’ll learn about the ways of people and society, as well as develop a lifelong pleasure to be found in this art form. The English Literature program is offered fully online and also on campus, giving you an opportunity to learn where and how you want.

Technical Communication Track
Meet the communication needs of the business and scientific community. You’ll learn how to apply the principles of written, spoken and visual communication to a wide variety of situations, using state-of-the-art software and hardware in the departmental Technical Writing Laboratory. Complete your English Technical Communication degree fully online or take classes on campus, providing you with the convenience and flexibility you need.

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Highlights

The English program was named a Best Online Bachelor’s by BestColleges in 2019.
SR Education Group ranked the English bachelor’s degree as part of its Best Online Colleges for Value and Most Affordable Online Colleges in 2018.
The job growth for English graduates is expected to increase more than 5 percent through 2029.
The national average salary for English graduates is $69,000.

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

Fall
May 1
Spring
November 1
Summer
March 1
Fall
July 1
Spring
November 1
Summer
March 1
Fall
March 1
Spring
September 1
Summer
January 1

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Course Overview

Gothic Literature

This course will explore the origins and development of Gothic literature in the British Isles. Gothic literature begins in the eighteenth century, as a counterpoint to and reaction against Neoclassicism. It replaced the Neoclassic obsession with order, proportion, reason and beauty with disorder, disproportion, irrational and sublime. The Gothic confronts and embodies the fears of sexuality, foreignness, economic displacement and knowledge. During this semester, we will explore the history and theory of the Gothic. We will read classic Gothic novels and explore them in context of the theories of Burke’s and Kant’s Sublime, and Freud’s psychoanalysis, among others

Creating different kinds of software manuals or online help systems for the computer industry.

Theory and practice of writing scripts for film and TV.

English Skills You'll Learn

  • Strengthen your writing ability and learn how to apply critical thought to the work that you produce.
  • Explore the concepts surrounding cultural understanding and the practices used to implement it in your communications.
  • Develop a range of technical skills for the digital humanities.

Career Opportunities

  • Editor
  • English Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Publisher
  • Technical Writer
  • Writer

College of Arts and Humanities News

Colleges & Campus
2 Teams Win 2022 Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts and Wellness Innovation Awards for Projects to Strengthen Orlando Communities
The projects, which received $25,000 each, were chosen for improving our sense of community through the power of arts and wellness.
Research
UCF Researchers Help Restore the Lost History of Indigenous Prisoners in St. Augustine
UCF researchers collaborated with the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma and Florida and national agencies to restore 10 indigenous prisoners’ experiences for their descendants…
Colleges & Campus
Knights Write Showcase Celebrates Student Writing and Research Across the University
The annual Knights Write Showcase welcomes attendees to view poster presentations displaying writing research projects, attend various panels that discuss writing-related issues and ideas and…
Arts & Culture
UCF Medievalist Receives Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities
Assistant Professor of English Stephen Hopkins was selected for a highly competitive year-long, $60,000 fellowship in support of his book, The Infernal Laboratory: Vernacular Theology…

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