English: The UDC Edge
The English Department supports UDC’s mission of service by offering students the opportunity to use writing and creative expression to give voice to issues that affect Washington, D.C. and other urban areas. The program includes a strong foundation in American, British, and World literary history; however, students are at the same time asked to personalize their courses of study according to their intellectual interests and aspirations. To these ends, the department supports student research in new media, graphic novels, film, philosophy, cultural and gender studies, creative writing, and comparative literature. The department offers a rigorous advising and mentoring system to ensure that all students gain professional experience and establish connections useful for their postgraduate goals.
For more information, please contact Dr. Alexander Howe, Department Coordinator, at 202.274.5658 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bachelor's Degree (BA) in English
The bachelor’s degree program in English at UDC deepens students’ love for and understanding of language, literature, and creative expression while helping students to develop concrete skills in analysis, research, and writing.
- Department of English and World Languages
- College of Arts and Sciences
- Learn more about applying for admission to the English program
- Find out about scholarship opportunities for English students
Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC English Program
Students in the bachelor’s program in English at UDC complete a 121 credit hour plan of study to earn the degree. Students take courses in language, creative writing, literature, film, and media arranged by a wide variety of areas, periods, genres, movements, and special topics.
Core course topic areas include:
- Critical Writing
- Principles of Literary Criticism and Literary Theory
- American, British, World, and African-American Literature
- Language Structure and Grammar
Student Organizations and Activities in the UDC English Program
Students are encouraged to pursue campus- and department-sponsored service-learning and community-based research opportunities with community organizations, nonprofits, schools and other groups in the local area.
Students also can become involved in 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.