EnglishBachelor of Arts

“I loved the English department,” says Meghan Makowski ‘14, ’15 M.S. an English teacher in her home state of New Jersey. “Although we were small, we were a well-connected community of students with similar interests to share a love of reading and writing with the younger generation.”

Turn your passion for words into a career you love

As an English major at the University of New Haven, you’ll study contemporary fiction and poetry while you explore public speaking and writing for business. You’ll develop and hone an exceptional writing ability, develop critical thinking skills, and learn to communicate with clarity and strength through the written and spoken word.

Yes, you’ll study Shakespeare. But you’ll also gain the real-world skills that will make you a sought-after employee in virtually any field by:
  • Choosing from a concentration in Literature, Writing or both
  • Gaining a broad disciplinary background and training in the field
  • Studying American humor, creative writing, film, African-American literature, the Victorian novel, popular American culture and more
  • Having the chance to qualify for the Honors program, which enables you to be part of a very exclusive community of learners
  • Gaining real-world experience through an internship
  • Having the chance to join the Words Rhyming Into True Expression (WRITE) Poetry Club or the international honor society Sigma Tau Delta
  • Getting individual attention from instructors thanks to small class sizes
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Learn from professors who are dedicated to your success.

Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.

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Envision Your Future

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$70K

Production Assistant

16% Growth 2017-2027

$69K

Technical Writer

14% Growth 2017-2027

$90K

Grants Administrator

11% Growth 2017-2027

Selected Courses and Programs

  • Studies in Literature

    This course provides students with an introduction to literary genres and writing about literature. Skills developed include close reading, literary analysis and interpretation, research, and critical writing. Attention is paid to literary techniques, terminology, and critical theories. Course topics vary depending on the focus chosen by the instructor.

  • The Graphic Novel

    An exploration of the genre of graphic novels, including some of the most well-known representative texts. Emphasis is placed on the emergence of the genre from early comics, the functional elements of sequential art, and the cultural context of the production and reception of this genre.

  • Narrative Nonfiction

    Exploration of and practice in writing “the fourth genre”, creative nonfiction. Emphasis on the short piece, the literary memoir, and the personal essay.

  • Science Fiction

    A survey of the development of science fiction during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Reading of American, English, and European science fiction novels and short stories.

  • Full List of Courses for English

    The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English, check out the Academic Catalog:

    Literature Concentration, B.A.

    Writing Concentration, B.A.

    English Minor

    Creative Writing Minor

    Professional and Technical Writing Minor

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  • Admission Requirements

    Whether you're still in high school or are transferring from another college, we offer full- and part-time opportunities for undergraduates from inside the U.S. and abroad. The admission process can begin as early as the end of your high school junior year.

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  • Financial Aid Opportunities

    We offer a comprehensive financial aid program, with students receiving assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, student loans, and part-time employment. Funds are available from federal and state governments, private sponsors, and from university resources. More than 85 percent of the University's full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance.

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