Studying English at the University of Miami

Studying English at the University of Miami is much more than reading old books and writing five-paragraph essays. Want to study Game of Thrones? We've got a class on that. Want to be a lawyer? We offer courses that combine law and literature, as well as courses in legal and professional writing. Interested in issues of race, gender, or the environment? We've got faculty who specialize in these areas of literature, and many more. And yes, of course we've also got the classics: Austen, Shakespeare, Dickinson, Chaucer, and many more.

Why English?

Do you like to analyze and discuss the latest books, films, and digital media? In UM English classes you can make sense of today’s fast-paced cultural landscape. Or maybe you're someone who likes to slow down, with a book in your hands? In UM English classes we pay close, careful attention to language and style, in literature old and new. Do you like to share your words with the world? In UM English classes you’ll learn to write persuasively and vividly, whether it’s a blog post, a long-form research project, or a poem.

Our faculty publish scholarship and creative works and teach classes that revolve around core humanistic questions. For example, to what extent can we empathize with the point of view of another person or community? How have writers and artists represented good or bad ethical and moral choices? What role should art and literature play in our society or in others around the world? A study recently published in Science shows that reading literary fiction is strongly correlated with increased skills in social perception, empathy, and emotional intelligence—skills that are vital for personal success in today’s ever-changing global world. The English Department fosters these skills and many more.

Undergraduates who have completed the major or minor in English have recently been admitted to graduate and professional programs to pursue further study in literature, law, or medicine at schools such as Harvard, Yale, Duke, New York University, Vanderbilt, Emory, Georgetown, George Washington, Tufts, Pennsylvania State, the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), the University of Maryland, the University of California (Riverside and Santa Cruz), and Boston University. Students who have majored in English have also recently been selected to participate in Teach for America and have accepted jobs in fields such as information technology, business, the health professions, publishing, and the film industry.