Undergraduate Programs

The UTC English Department offers minors in literature and creative writing, and BA programs in Creative Writing, Literature, and Rhetoric & Professional Writing.

Core Courses

Our core empowers students with historical, theoretical, and practical knowledge of the cultural and linguistic forces that continue to shape our society. We teach you to analyze literary and nonliterary texts, and to produce clear and forceful writing of your own.


English majors engage in deep investigations of their concentrations, choosing from a diverse list of electives. Past courses include:

  • Drag!
  • Theory of the Western
  • African-American Slave Narrative Tradition
  • Children’s Publishing Industry
  • Interactive Narratives Workshop
  • Sci-Fi and Fantasy Workshop
  • Rhetoric, Food, and Culture
  • Creaturely Rhetorics
  • From Diana to Moana: Rhetoric and Heroines in Popular Culture

UTC's Creative Writing Program offers a BA with a creative writing concentration. Students take a wide range of courses in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry with award-winning faculty.

Creative writing students sharpen their critical analysis skills and hone their creative writing craft. Our alums have put their writing skills to work in careers in technical writing, magazine editing, marketing and branding, and more.


UTC’s Literary Studies Program focuses on literary analysis, critical writing, and literary history and theory.

Students read and analyze British, American, and Anglophone literature through a diverse set of critical lenses and engage in cross-disciplinary explorations of childhood development, disability, queer theory, African and African-American peoples and histories, and women, gender, and sexuality.

Our alums have applied their skills to careers in education, business communications, law, publishing, and public relations.


UTC’s Rhetoric & Professional Writing Program empowers students with the theoretical foundations and practical skills to interpret and engage with public dialogues of the past, present, and future.

Students investigate ancient arguments and present-day rhetoric, and they develop practical skills in writing and design plus strategies for adapting these skills to a wide variety of public audiences.

Our alums work as copywriters, technical writers, freelance writers, marketing professionals, publishers, and more.

We help our students make connections between their studies and future careers by offering internships plus editing and production positions with literary and scholarly publications.

We’re committed to recognizing and supporting our outstanding students. The English Department currently offers 14 annual awards and scholarships.