B. A. in English

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Our Vision for this Degree


Through the study of literature and writing—creative/professional/critical—the B.A. in English at USCB is dedicated to cultivating in its students a broad cultural awareness and the skills to engage in inquiry and ongoing discourses. In our programs, students hone analytical thinking, deep reading, and rhetorically effective writing as interdependent practices. The degree also fosters in students a keen understanding of the English language as they interpret texts and produce them across contexts. By providing opportunities for students to become well-rounded, socially aware, and empathetic citizens, professionals, and people, our English degree prepares graduates to read the past, inhabit an ever-changing present, and step confidently into the future they help imagine into being.


The main objective of the program is to advance the development of graduates who connect texts and worlds, and who connect their individual lives to the regional and global communities of which they become a part. The English major prepares these graduates for a wide range of professional, civic, and personal opportunities through the work of self-determination in a supportive and challenging environment.

The program also promotes the wider aims and goals of the humanities in dynamic social, political, and economic spaces, investing in the ongoing cultural work that we collectively inherit and reinvent.

Student Learning Outcomes

USCB seeks to ensure that all students who complete the Bachelor of Arts in English…

  • Demonstrate attention to detail through deep reading practices that synthesize formal, intertextual, and contextual literacies to analyze the nuanced play of language across periods, histories, geographic or national spaces, and cultural differences.
  • Compose texts creatively, coherently, and persuasively with responsiveness to various purposes, audiences, contexts, and media. 
  • Explore literature in English as a body of knowledge open to multiple interpretations and formulate their own interpretations in ways that reflect awareness of and diverse approaches to aesthetic values, generic conventions, historical contexts, as well as cultural and ideological orientations. 
  • Critically apply theoretical and philosophical frameworks to the positions they articulate and communicate how they impact perspectives on texts, movements, and cultures. 
  • Demonstrate intellectual and practical sensitivity to multiple perspectives and identities for the purpose of empathetic civic engagement across local, national and global communities, and articulate the complexities of challenging discourses and institutions.
  • Design and manage sophisticated projects, broadening their thinking and developing their ideas through scholarly research and writing processes that focus on inquiry and conversation for academic and public audiences.