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English: The UDC Edge

Located in the heart of the nation’s capitol, the University of the District of Columbia is an affordable and high quality educational option, attentive to your needs and committed to your success. As a land-grant institution, UDC’s mission of service to the District community infuses all aspects of campus life, which makes for a rich and fulfilling academic experience. The English program is a vibrant part of this unique mission by giving students the opportunity to use writing and creative expression to give voice to issues that affect the local Washington, D.C. and other urban communities.

Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in English

Do you love to read and analyze the meaning behind words? Do you believe you have a talent for creative expression, but just need to sharpen your technique and receive informed feedback from your peers and experts in the field? Are you a working professional who wants rigorous training for a degree in law, communications, public relations, journalism, or consulting? 

The bachelor’s degree program in English at the University of the District of Columbia deepens students’ love for and understanding of language, literature, and creative expression while helping students to develop concrete skills in analysis, research and writing. 

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Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC English Program

Students in the bachelor’s program in English at UDC complete a 120 credit hour plan of study to earn the degree. Students have the opportunity to take courses in language, creative writing, and literature arranged by a wide variety of areas, periods, genres, movements, and special topics.

Core course topic areas include:

  • Critical writing
  • Principles of literary criticism
  • American, British, and African-American literature
  • Language structure and grammar

Student Organizations and Activities in the UDC English Program

Students are encouraged and assisted to pursue journalism, service-learning and community-based research opportunities with community organizations, non-profits, schools and other groups in the local area.

Students also have the opportunity to become involved in any one of a number of student publications on campus such as the Trilogy campus newspaper.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers students a Book Club, sponsored by the Dean, which regularly brings professional local authors to campus to discuss their work with students.

Faculty Spotlight: UDC English Program

Career Pathways and Prospects

A bachelor’s degree in English from UDC is great preparation for graduate study in any number of fields or for a career in areas such as:

  • Creative arts
  • Public policy  
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Law
  • Consulting

UDC’s English faculty and the university’s Career and Professional Development Center have a strong track record of helping graduates to find jobs, whatever their aspirations

Contact info:

E: casgeneral@udc.edu | T: 202.274.5194 | F: 202.274.5589