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Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences


“The English program at UB taught me to see the world through a fresh set of eyes. I learned how important it is to live an examined life.”
—Patrik Fleming, B.A. ’08

Want to add a minor to your major?
Learn more about our minors. (Note that not all minors are possible to combine with every major.)

Thinking about law school?
Learn more about our Automatic Admit option through the UB School of Law.

Shorten your path to your master's degree.
Students who qualify may take up to 9 graduate credits, which apply to both the bachelor's degree in English and the M.A. in Publications Design. Contact us for more information or learn more about our accelerated options.

Learn more about internship opportunities available to you.

Acquire professional writing, editing and technical communication skills that give you credibility on the job market.

Studying English at UB means immersing yourself in a classic liberal arts education while also gaining relevant practical and professional skills.

Our Bachelor of Arts program, offered by the Klein Family School of Communications Design, prepares you for positions in publications and communications (media production, graphic design, electronic publishing, writing, editing and public relations) and provides a solid education in theory and literary studies for those who intend to pursue careers in teaching or related graduate degrees.

As an English major, you'll cultivate habits of attention, inquiry and analysis that come from reading and thinking about literature. You'll develop awareness of language, mastery of technique and creative vision as poets and fiction writers. And you'll gain practical understanding of how technologies shape ideas, forms of expression and cultural values.

  • The Literature & Culture Specialization fosters critical-thinking and interpretive skills (what we think are the keys to academic success and lifelong learning) and exposes you to aesthetic and historical perspectives from around the world. You'll read deeply and widely, discussing and writing about what you read, and you'll develop a keen appreciation for what the poet Byron called "the magic of the mind."
  • The Professional Writing, Editing & Publishing Specialization concentrates on the in-demand editing, writing and publishing skills valuable in almost every academic, governmental, nonprofit and business setting.
  • The Creative Writing Specialization develops and nurtures your creative voice and gives you the opportunity to establish a deep understanding of the importance of audience and of the editing process.
  • The Applied Rhetoric Specialization is designed for students interested in developing the skills for professions in law, communication and business. This interdisciplinary specialization focuses on the analysis of language across multiple genres and includes literary study, writing, popular culture and communications courses.

Beyond the classroom, you'll have the opportunity to participate in internships; write for UB's newspaper, The UB Post, and its literary magazine, Welter; attend and participate in readings and other literary events; and even publish your own work.