The English degree program combines a robust curriculum, distinctive learning experiences, professional development, and mentoring faculty to promote the knowledge and appreciation of literature. In the course of their studies, English majors become part of a learning community as they search for common truths, explore how faith and calling relate to their personal interests and needs, and become lifelong learners who value effective writing, critical thinking, and global perspectives.
The English Department at UMHB is truly unique. The professors are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their fields, and the small classes and community atmosphere allow for one-on-one feedback and guidance. I'm blessed to be part of a group of students and professors who love the study of English.
Why should I choose English?
The English major provides the best of a foundational, liberal arts education essential to being a free and enlightened person. We study everything since literature encompasses the world and all of its concerns. English grounds one’s education in effective communication, critical and lateral thinking, and global perspectives – skills highly sought in the competitive workplace.
What are some courses I will take?
- Contemporary Global Literature
- Creative Writing (courses in prose and poetry)
- Literary Periods and Genres
- Literary Theory
Since graduating in 2016 with a double major in English and Christian Studies, Jake Raabe has co-founded a publishing company called Patristica Press and published his first book, Divine Providence: A Conversation. He’s currently a graduate student at Baylor University, working on a master of divinity, and a freelance writer, penning a bi-monthly column for the Baptist Standard. He’s also a contributor at Think Christian and his work has appeared in Christianity Today. He says the best part about attending UMHB was the mentorship aspect. “I probably spent almost as much time in professors’ offices discussing things we were studying or personal life situations as I did in the actual classroom.”
What are some career options?
English majors can find lucrative careers any place where communication and critical thinking are vital.
- Government (CIA, FBI, NSA)
- Corporate Relations
Who is hiring UMHB students?
UMHB English students have found success in many different areas:
- eRelevance Corporation (Austin)
- U.S. Attorney’s Office
- Hwasun Dogok Middle School (Korea)
- STRIVE Preparatory Schools
- The United States Military
- University of Texas – Tyler
Where can I go to grad school?
Many English students have continued their education at these schools:
- Florida State University
- University of Texas – Austin
- Brandeis University
- University of Tulsa
- Texas A&M – School of Law
What is special about English at UMHB?
Students graduating from the UMHB English program boast a 99% passing rate for the English TExES (teacher certification exam) and a 90%+ placement rate for students applying to graduate programs.
English students have ample opportunities to publish their prose, poetry, and scholarly papers during their time at UMHB. Each year the department publishes the Baylorian, a student-produced literary journal with over a century of publication. The annual Windhover Writers’ Festival allows students to hear and work with recognized professional writers and creative artists. The Undergraduate Research Program gives students the chance to present their scholarly research at Scholars Day programs each semester and conferences such as the Baylor Symposium of Faith and Culture.
The English Club sponsors literary festivals (Poe and Shakespeare), book club gatherings, game nights, and opportunities for community service throughout the school year.
The Professional Development Track of the English Program includes 3-semester hours of career preparation/professional attainment via an introduction to the major, an internship, and a capstone experience. These practical hours allow students the chance to gain hands-on professional experience before they graduate