Your Future In English

Do you enjoy reading and writing? Do you love books, not for their entertainment value alone, but for the way they make you think more deeply about the issues they address, the words they're made of and the places and times in which they were written? If so, you should major in English at the University of North Texas.

A Bachelor of Arts degree in English prepares you for jobs that require strong writing, communication and analytical thinking skills. Our graduates choose careers in a variety of fields, including law, publishing, education, advertising, journalism or public relations.

Many alumni teach English composition, British or American literature, or English as a Second Language in public and private schools. Some pursue master's and doctoral degrees in a variety of fields in competitive graduate programs nationwide.

Other alumni include:

  • Two tenure-track professors in our own department
  • An editor with Rolling Stone magazine
  • A curator in the Rare Book Division of the New York Public Library
  • A member of the public relations staff at PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting firm
  • Novelists Karleen Koen, David Lindsey and Larry McMurtry
  • Poets Chad Davidson and John Poch
  • Screenplay writer and director Ken Harrison
  • Various employees of government agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Government Printing Office

What we offer

The English department plays a pivotal role in developing students' writing and critical analysis skills. While pursuing your degree, you can choose from concentrations in literature, writing and rhetoric, creative writing or language arts with secondary teacher certification.

Our well-published and award-winning faculty members have:

  • Published books with major university presses such as Cambridge, Oxford and Michigan
  • Had essays featured in prestigious journals such as PMLA, ELH: English Literary History, SEL: Studies in English Literature, American Literary History and Postcolonial Text
  • Published creative work in the New York Times, the Paris Review, Raritan, Ploughshares, Granta and TriQuarterly

Their honors include the BBC International Short Story Award, a $1 million U.S. State Department grant and the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. Research and creative writing projects have been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

As an English major, you can participate in a number of student organizations, including the Sigma Tau Delta international English honor society. You may also help faculty members with research projects or with one of the department's journals — the American Literary Review, Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies and Studies in the Novel. Students can publish their work in the North Texas Review.

We fund several scholarships to help you pursue your degree.

A wide range of educational opportunities are available to cultivate your literary education. Creative writing students receive feedback from published writers, and the Visiting Writers Series provides a forum to meet accomplished authors. Ongoing events focusing on British, American and global literature feature prominent literary scholars.

What to expect

The curriculum develops your writing, critical thinking and analytical skills while introducing you to American, British and world literatures, creative writing, literary theory, composition, language arts and rhetoric.

We offer a wide variety of courses ranging from survey classes to innovative special topics classes that focus on our faculty members' research interests. To learn more about major requirements or our outstanding faculty members, visit our website.

Our Writing Lab, Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT.

The Writing Lab offers free tutoring and workshops for undergraduate students, and the Learning Center conducts seminars on speed reading, study skills and time management.

The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at ApplyTexas.org by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,800 students transfer to UNT.