Studying English at UB means immersing yourself in a classic liberal arts education while also gaining relevant practical and professional skills.
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Shorten your path to your master's degree.
Students who qualify may take up to 9 graduate credits, which apply to both the bachelor's degree in English and the M.A. in Publications Design. Contact us for more information or learn more about our accelerated options.
Learn more about internship opportunities available to you.
Our Bachelor of Arts program prepares you for positions in publications and communications (media production, graphic design, electronic publishing, writing, editing and public relations) and provides a solid education in theory and literary studies for those who intend to pursue careers in teaching or related graduate degrees.
As an English major in the Klein Family School of Communications Design, you'll cultivate habits of attention, inquiry and analysis that come from reading and thinking about literature. You'll develop awareness of language, mastery of technique and creative vision as poets and fiction writers. And you'll gain practical understanding of how technologies shape ideas, forms of expression and cultural values.
- The Literature & Culture Specialization fosters the development of critical-thinking and interpretive skills through the study of literary works, aesthetics and historical perspectives from around the world.
- The Creative Writing Specialization nurtures and refines creativity across multiple genres with particular attention to the importance of audience and of the editing process.
- The Professional Writing, Editing & Publishing Specialization concentrates on the in-demand editing, writing and publishing skills valuable in almost every academic, governmental, nonprofit and business setting.
The Applied Rhetoric Specialization develops the skills necessary for professions in law, communication and business by promoting the analysis of language and the interdisciplinary study of literature, writing, popular culture and communications.
Beyond the classroom, you'll have the opportunity to participate in internships; write for UB's newspaper, The UB Post, and its literary magazine,
Welter; attend and participate in readings and other literary events; and even publish your own work.
Christy McCurdy, B.A. '15, on her experience as a writing intern with the CAS communications coordinator...
"I loved doing this internship! The writing assignments were fun and diverse, the amount of work was very reasonable and my supervisor was amazing. She gave thorough instructions, always made sure I felt comfortable with doing the assignments, gave helpful feedback on my writing and was very flexible with my schedule. I not only gained practical experience for my future career, but felt even more connected to the UB community as I wrote about faculty, covered events and interviewed students."
Read some of Christy's published work on the CAS blog.