Why Study English?
An English major offers skills in reading, writing, researching, organizing, responding, arguing, and most importantly, analysis – abilities we need now more than ever. The skills you learn as an English major never grow obsolete, as the ability to understand and shape language is one of the most essential parts of being human.
Major in English
UO English offers several ways to pursue your passion for stories. These include a major leading to a bachelor's degree and several minors that range from traditional studies in literature and rhetoric to more interdisciplinary programs in a wide range of texts, cultural artifacts, and new media, such as comics and cartoon studies.
Our courses provide the broad knowledge of a liberal arts education, helping you think and write critically about the many stories you encounter every day. Continue your story with UO English.
"My interdisciplinary research poses the question: "Which woman writers of Middle Eastern descent can be added to and taught in high school Language Arts curriculums?" A preliminary review of local curriculums showed no such authors were included as part of a regular course of study. My research focuses on identifying, analyzing, and amplifying these voices within a scholarly and pedagogical framework. So far, my work has identified ten novels for possible inclusion on high school reading lists. As a woman of Middle Eastern descent, I identify with both the academic and personal dimensions of my work. My research stems from feeling “alienated by the school curriculum that has proved to be lacking in areas of inclusivity” for my own culture."
—Bita Habashi, English major, '21
We offer a variety of ways to expand your learning about English into the local community and across the world. We have community literacy classes that feature internships with a wide variety of community partners, including K-12 schools, the Serbu Juvenile Justice Center, the Boys and Girls Club, the Center for Teaching and Learning Reading Clinic, Nearby Nature, and Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. We also offer a Writing Associates Program where advanced English Majors and Honors College affiliated English Majors are trained as tutors in a credit and internship program where they complete professional development activities targeted to enhance their individual, professional, and educational goals.
What you can do with an English degree
An English major can prepare you to work in many fields. Employers want candidates who possess strong writing and communication skills. Humanities majors are more desired hires than ever, and they consistently close the income gap with their STEM peers. The English major teaches you skills in reading, writing, researching, organizing, responding, arguing, and most importantly, analysis –skills that are consistently prioritized by executives, hiring managers, and all major industries. Learn about possible careers and hear from alumni.
Scholarships and Awards
The Department of English is pleased to offer three undergraduate essay awards for outstanding writing in the field of literature. Learn about ways to apply for funding through the Department of English.
Advising and Academic Support
Declaring a major in English begins with an intake meeting where an English Faculty member helps chart a path through the major based on student goals, and introduces students to the rich culture of student groups in the department. Schedule an appointment with a faculty or peer advisor, find important department forms and get answers.