Program Overview

Effective communication skills in the workplace are some of the most important skills an individual can possess. Potential employers are always looking for these skills in the hiring process, particularly the ability to write a professional and coherent message. While most college programs place some emphasis on writing skills and the writing process, few emphasize these skills quite as much as English programs. The Bachelor of English program at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) prepares students with these skills.

Students who participate in UMUC’s Bachelor of English program are given a broad cultural literacy. This literacy includes the ability to analyze, write, and think critically – skills needed for success both in the workplace and in graduate school. While effective writing and communication skills are necessary in almost any field, persons with a formal English background have found jobs in education, marketing, communications, law, and more.

Specific skills taught through the program’s courses include the ability to interpret literature, apply model from literature into professional and workplace settings, create professional written work and oral communications, and successfully edit when necessary.

UMUC requires all students to complete 120 credits to earn their degree. Of those 120 credits, 33 are major courses, 41 are general education requirements, and 46 are minor and elective classes. Topics in major classes include period studies (such as classical, American fiction, etc.), writing foundational skills, and studies of particular authors. The degree culminates a capstone project through which students demonstrate the analysis, critical thinking, and writing skills they have learned. Further, students have the chance to transfer their 12 bachelor's degree credits into UMUC’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. Students who choose to advance their studies will be able to earn their master’s degree at a reduced credit load due to their undergraduate course work.

All degree requirements can be completed online, making the degree convenient for working professionals. Persons interested in learning more about either the graduate extension or the undergraduate program are encouraged to contact UMUC program faculty.

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    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    The University of Maryland, University College is a public university that was founded in 1947. The main headquarters of UMUC is in Adelphi, Maryland, a town that borders College Park. UMUC is one of eleven divisions of the University of Maryland and provides quality educational opportunities for primarily non-traditional adult students. UMUC developed as a result of the popularity of evening programs for adults that were offered by the University of Maryland in the 1920’s. The University of Maryland established the College of Special and Continuation Studies (CSCS) in 1947, and in 1959 it became the University of Maryland College. The UMUC became an independent university in 1970, and in 1988 it became part of the University System of Maryland.

    The UMUC offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in professional subjects, all of which can be earned online or in hybrid formats. 

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