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Degree Programs

The English Department offers Bachelor of Arts Degrees in three concentrations:

Creative Writing
Applied Linguistics


This concentration includes a focus on British and American literature, but the degree is flexible enough to allow students to explore a wide range of literary studies, including Mexican American Literature, African American Literature, Postcolonial Literature, and Gay/Lesbian Literature. The major includes exciting student groups such as Sigma Tau Delta (the English honors society) and the Shakespeare Club as well as student-led publications such as the UH literary journal Glass Mountain. Each May, the department holds an Honors Day to acknowledge student accomplishments and grant awards. For example, the Gentile Scholarship is awarded annually to a continuing student in recognition of an excellent literary critical essay completed for a course in the major.

Creative Writing

The UH Graduate Creative Writing Program is a top-ranked national program. Internationally known writers are among the permanent and visiting Creative Writing faculty. Undergraduates benefit tremendously from this distinguished program and writing center. The department hosts various readings by prominent writers each semester; these forums include the distinguished Margaret Root Brown Houston Reading Series. Awards are given each year to undergraduate Creative Writing students, including the Sylvan N. Karchmer Fiction Prize, the Howard Moss Poetry Prize, and the Bryan Lawrence Prize in Nonfiction.

Teaching Certification

Students who wish to teach English in secondary schools may be certified in English / Language Arts Composition. Certification is comprised of a bachelor's degree and a sequence of professional development coursework. The deadline for applications to the College of Education is October 1 (for Spring admission) and March 1 (for Fall admission). Please contact the English Undergraduate Advisor for more information.

Minor in English

The English minor allows students who have majors in other departments to enhance their studies in language, culture, literature, art, and film. The minor provides a gateway for careers that emphasize communication and critical thinking. Students minoring in English complete 15 semester hours, of which 12 hours must be at the 3000 or 4000 level and 3 hours of one course at the 2000 level beyond the Freshman 2-course sequence of English 1303 and 1304. For interested students, the minor may be completed via online courses.