As an English student at UCC, you'll develop valuable critical thinking and communication skills through reading, discussing, researching, and writing about literature. While you will study nonfiction works such as letters, journals, autobiographies, and essays, you will mainly focus on creative works such as poetry, short stories, plays, and novels. These works differ from typical readings in other academic disciplines since they are designed to engage the imagination while conveying important insights into human experience.
The great Roman poet Horace described literature as "dulce et utile," or "sweet and useful." In other words, the study of literature is practical in that it conveys important, often highly complex ideas about history, culture, society, philosophy, psychology, language...the list goes on. It is also enjoyable, and that is certainly one of the pleasures of majoring in English!
While the most obvious careers for English majors include teaching, writing, and editing, an English degree is remarkably versatile, opening doors into a variety of graduate programs, including law and library science. An English degree also opens doors into the professional world, including jobs in business management, public relations, publishing, journalism, advertising, sales, and many, many others.
In fact, English majors develop skills that are prized in the professional world: the ability to communicate effectively; research, analyze, and interpret complex information; write clear, strong, reasonable arguments; understand human behavior and the complex issues that surround diversity; view situations from a variety of perspectives; and creatively solve problems.
English majors are offered at University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Eastern Oregon University, Portland State University, Western Oregon University, and Southern Oregon University, and at most other colleges nationwide. You need to know the requirements of the department at the university to which you plan to transfer. You should talk with both a UCC counselor and English advisor, Dr. Jillanne Michell. Many students who major in other subjects choose to minor in English, as it is such a valuable degree.
Subjects offered at UCC for the English major include:
- Introduction to Literature
- Survey of American Literature
- Survey of English Literature
- World Literature
High School Students
Get a head start by becoming a dual credit student. Dual credit students attend UCC and high school at the same time! You can complete high school requirements, work on college prerequisites and earn credits towards a degree or certificate all at the same time.
First Generation College Students
Will you be the first in your family to go to college? Take advantage of the Transfer Opportunity Program (TOP). It's FREE. The TOP program provides the extra help you will need to be successful at UCC so you can transfer smoothly to university studies.
Residents of WA, ID, NV, and CA
If you are from Washington, Idaho, Nevada, or California, you pay Oregon resident tuition rates. That's a big discount! You might also be interested in what life is like around UCC. Find out.
Money for College
Get access to millions of dollars that are available to students - not just loans. There are scholarships, grants and work study opportunities too! Every student can use money for college. It can help you to be more successful. Plus, it can lower your debt load when you finish college. Some students actually leave college debt-free! Here are some important sources of money for college. Don't let these opportunities for financial aid pass you by. Act now! Decide. Commit. Succeed.
- Pell Grants part of FAFSA (for undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need.)
- Federal Work Study part of FAFSA (Work on Campus. Get experience in the workforce.)
- Scholarships, OSAC, FAFSA, and more (Sources of money for college.)
- UCC Scholars (Tuition waiver for high school seniors with high GPAs.)
At UCC, you can earn a TWO-YEAR TRANSFER DEGREE for less than you'll pay for one year at a state university. Plus, UCC offers:
• Seamless, direct transfer degrees
• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• In-person, online, and hybrid classes
Prospective students should contact an Enrollment Advisor to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
Amy Fair - Contact
Chair, Associate Professor, English
Dr. Jillanne Michell - Contact
Associate Professor, English