Undergraduate Programs

Welcome to the Undergraduate Programs within the Department of English & Comparative Literature. Undergraduate studies in English at the University of Cincinnati began in 1906; the program offered a sophisticated curriculum even by today's standards. The Undergraduate Program has had a history of distinguished faculty and graduates in literary research, critical theory, rhetoric and composition, professional writing, and creative writing. Currently the program offers unique opportunities for undergraduate students to shape their curriculum according to their interest and future professional goals. All undergraduate students take a core group of courses designed to introduce them to the history, language, and current disciplinary discourses of English Studies. Beyond the core courses students choose one of three tracks designed to develop their skills and talents in Creative Writing (Fiction, Literary Nonfiction, Poetry), Literary & Cultural Studies, or Rhetoric & Professional Writing.

Undergraduate students can also combine in productive ways a major in one the tracks with a certificate in a different field; the department offers certificates in Creative Writing, and Rhetoric & Professional Writing. For students in other majors the English Minor is another excellent opportunity to develop their interest and skills in all the fields of English Studies. In a global economy, the well rounded and versatile degrees in our Undergraduate Programs make our graduates attractive to future employers.

We offer a variety of Major, Minor, and Certificate programs. Click on any program below to be directed to more indepth information including the curriculum and academic requirements.

Undergraduate English Programs

Interdisciplinary certificates with an English and Comparative Literature component: