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The English major at the University of Texas at Austin offers a first-rate education. Students in the English major graduate with a thorough grounding in British, American, and world literature written in English and its cultural and historical contexts, yet the degree plan is flexible enough to allow students to concentrate in other areas of particular interest, such as creative writing or cultural studies.

Just as importantly, English majors learn to articulate and defend their ideas, to turn research and critical thinking into cogent arguments, and to express themselves clearly and with style. Many students use the English major as a starting point for their chosen career or for post-graduate education. English majors work in such diverse fields as teaching and education, law, editing and publishing, advertising and marketing, freelance and technical writing, research, corporate communications, and government and public service, including Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and non-profit organizations.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at UT who wish to declare an English major must first meet with an English advisor to review the degree plan and requirements. There is no formal application process. For more information, visit the student affairs page on internal transfers.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

Visit the English degree plan to see all required courses for the English major in the College of Liberal Arts. For additional information, view English course descriptions.


No specializations are required. However, students often choose courses for the major (and minor) that complement one another in meaningful ways, forming a de facto specialization. The English Honors Program is an opportunity students may wish to pursue as well.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


English students have diverse interests and a wide variety of personalities. Students have the opportunity to get further involved in the major through student organizations such as the English Council and Sigma Tau Delta.


English majors develop many prominent transferable skills (this is not a comprehensive list):

  • Writing and communicating
  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Research skills
  • Persuading
  • Listening and interpreting
  • Attention to detail