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In today’s complex world, critical readers, critical thinkers, and strong writers have an edge. The Department of English at the University of Kentucky offers a wide variety of courses in Creative Writing, Film, and Literature to provide students like you with that edge. You will learn from faculty members who are best-selling and award-winning authors, poets, documentarians, scholars, and screenwriters. The UK English curriculum emphasizes a liberal arts tradition equipping you with a broad set of skills and preparing you for success in a variety of careers. With over 300 undergraduate majors and minors, the English department specializes in producing versatile and imaginative students with the strong interpretive and communication skills needed for today’s changing world.


Careers Fields for English Majors Skills Employers Want/Skills English Majors Bring
  • Analysis
  • Collaboration
  • Communication - verbal and written
  • Constructing Informed Arguments
  • Cultural Literacy
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Critical Reading
  • Editing
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Evaluating Evidence
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Interpretation
  • Managing Complex Projects
  • Problem-Solving
  • Proofreading
  • Storytelling
  • Research



About the Major 

  • 39 Credit Hours
  • Versatile - course offerings in Creative Writing, Literature, and Film
  • Flexible - combine with another major or minor




For more information,
contact Matthew Godbey,
Director of Undergraduate Studies.