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Critical thinking, writing, and creativity have fueled the 21st century, and a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of West Florida will lead you to the successful career that can make you a part of this exciting time. With two specializations, a comprehensive curriculum and plenty of room to develop your creative potential, this program is an ideal place to delve deeply into the literary arts.

Why Study English at UWF?

Students in our programs benefit from community-based internships, hands-on teaching experience in the UWF Writing Lab, small classes, visiting lectures by notable scholars and writers, and participant-centered workshops. 

English majors are employers most preferred humanities graduates because they learn the skills that are powering the 21st-century professional world (2019 NACE Job Outlook Report). You will develop the creativity, the communication skills, the critical thinking and the collaborative spirit that give our majors success in every major professional field.

We place a strong emphasis on active student learning through a rigorous program that emphasizes historical breadth, skills development and diversity.

From single-author seminars to intensive creative writing workshops, our classes provide students ample opportunity to pursue their individual interests while receiving guidance from a dedicated, internationally recognized faculty.

What You Will Learn

Embrace the loud and exciting energy that generates awareness of language and culture that is crucial for success in the academic and professional world. The English program at UWF will train you and develop your skills in the arts of writing, critical thinking and argumentation.

You will learn from faculty who value critical inquiry, cultural awareness and intellectual curiosity and who create a welcoming community for those who value the intrinsic and extrinsic rewards of scholarly pursuits.

English majors choose one of two specializations. Literature students study literature in all its forms and facets, developing intensive critical thinking and writing skills. Writing students explore many forms of the craft, from the creative to the professional, and cultivate the expertise that drives contemporary culture.

Explore the world of literature with a minor in English and enjoy a range of literary works from around the world and throughout history. With a minor in writing, you will develop the additional communication and analytic skills needed to succeed in your career or graduate school.


The Literature Specialization prepares students for graduate-level work in English; provides students with valuable pre-law, pre-medical, and other pre-professional training; and gives students solid preparation for careers in such areas as business, communications, or government service.

Literature Courses

The writing specialization will develop your writing and editing skills in a supportive, close-knit community of fellow writers, led by our expert faculty. Graduates possess the experience needed for jobs in the publishing industry or in writing-intensive careers in business or government. Internships offer you the additional preparation for careers in writing, editing, public relations, teaching and other fields.

Writing Courses