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University of Oregon

English Major

The English major and minor expose students to centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts. Students receive extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills. At the UO, English majors and minors take classes covering varied historical periods and literary traditions alongside classes in expository writing, cultural studies, theory, ecocriticism, film, and folklore. In addition to focusing and extending the values of a traditional liberal arts education, the skills gained in the English Major and Minor programs provide vital preparation for business and professional careers, as well as for further academic work or artistic endeavors. The experience of our graduates has proven that English is an excellent background for law, medicine, teaching, management, publishing, advertising and advanced technology fields.


To declare English as a Major:

  1. Print your most recent Degree Audit and UO transcript from DuckWeb (also your Transfer Evaluation Report, if you have transferred credits from another institution)
  2. Complete and print the Major Change Form, to add/drop major.
  3. Meet with the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Corbett Upton in 375 PLC (office hours link) for advising and to have this document signed.

English majors may take a wide variety of challenging courses in literary studies, expository writing, cultural studies, theory, ecocriticism, film, and folklore. To explore the Department’s many opportunities for undergraduates, follow the clicks below.

IMPORTANT: All declared English majors are enrolled in the Canvas “English Department Information Site for U.G. Majors.” Please check this site frequently for timely announcements, course schedule information and events of interest to English majors. Click here to to to the UO Canvas login page..