Dive into language and literature, and become a better writer, communicator and critical thinker.
Our Bachelor of Arts in English 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 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.
Creative Writing at UB
STUDY fiction, nonfiction and poetry with faculty from an M.F.A. program named one of the most distinctive in the country by Poets & Writers magazine.
GRADUATE with a rich background in literature and the skills to write, edit, present and promote your best work.
BECOME part of a dynamic, creative community at the heart of Baltimore's artistic district.
FIND your voice and learn to make it heard!
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.