Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts and Science
What is English/Literature?
Students of English literature explore the entire range of literary accomplishment by British and American writers and learn to relate these works to the history, life, and thought of English-speaking people.
What are the features of Miami's program?
The English program emphasizes the study of three different areas of study: literature, creative writing, and scientific communication.
A joint effort of the Department of English and Office of International Education, Miami's newest semester abroad program gives students the opportunity to study in any of the 22 departments at Royal Holloway, University of London during the fall or spring semester or for an entire academic year.
Inklings and Oxford Magazine provide forums for creative work and offer practical experience in editing, layout, and design.
Are there special admission requirements?
There are no additional admission requirements for this program.
What courses would I take?
During your first year at Miami as an English literature major, you will take a series of survey courses introducing you to British and American literature. You will also concentrate on the Global Miami Plan, a well-rounded course of study that provides you with an excellent liberal arts education. Through the Global Miami Plan, you will get a solid base in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, fine arts, and formal reasoning.
In your sophomore and junior years, you will choose courses concentrating on the works of particular authors, courses exploring particular genres of writing, and courses devoted to the literature and culture of particular eras. During this time, you will also continue the Global Miami Plan and select advanced courses outside of the English department.
During your senior year, you will take a capstone course, which summarizes your undergraduate studies in literature. You will also have time to explore electives and complete more advanced literature courses.
What can I do with this major?
Because the English literature major provides a solid background in critical reading and thinking, a sensitivity for language, and a knowledge of history, it is an excellent preparation for many careers. English is always one of the top 10 majors chosen by Miami students entering law school. In fact, about 25 percent of our English majors attend graduate or professional school in such fields as law, business, medicine, education, journalism, or religion.
Those who seek employment immediately after graduation report a variety of job titles. Many enter communication fields, holding positions such as public relations assistant, assistant editor, copywriter, promotion manager, technical writer, and editorial coordinator. Other job titles reported by our recent graduates include account manager, word processing coordinator, sales assistant, assistant buyer, travel agent, and legislative intern.
Who can I contact for more information?
Department of English
356 Bachelor Hall
Oxford, OH 45056