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First Year Orientation


The English Department welcomes all new students to the University of South Florida. The largest humanities department in the College of Arts and Sciences, English produces distinguished, scholarly students who graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Our students benefit from small class sizes, flexible scheduling, and an illustrious faculty. Since the English concentrations are only 36 credits, many of our students complement their degree with a double-major or minor in another area.

We have three separate concentrations in the English Department, and each will improve a student’s writing and critical thinking skills:

  1. Professional Writing, Rhetoric & Technology
    The undergraduate degree in Technical Communication and New Media prepares students to work as innovative professional communicators in a variety of fields - from government to business to medicine. The program will produce graduates who can creatively compose using a variety of tools in order to communicate with their audiences or to assist others with their clients.
  2. Literary Studies
    This program of study provides students with a knowledge of literary method, literary history, and a broad range of literary accomplishment (including knowledge of emerging fields, world literatures and ethnic literatures). While the major places much emphasis on appreciating works of literature as artifacts produced in their own cultural contexts, it also enables students to make connections between contemporary life and the study of literature. It evaluates students' grasp of formal and technical elements of literary practice and emphasizes the development of writing skills and the production of disciplinary writing. Successful completion of the major will enhance students' capacity for aesthetic enjoyment, critical reflection, and effective self-expression, and may provide preparation for further study (graduate and professional school) or communication and research skills to be used in a work environment.
  3. Creative Writing
    This program is designed for aspiring writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Students who graduate from this program will demonstrate the following: 1) knowledge of the forms and techniques of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, 2) knowledge of literary genres and the techniques used by authors within each genre, 3) the ability to analyze literature in its cultural and philosophical context, 4) the ability to critique student manuscripts and offer constructive feedback within a workshop setting.

Future Employment

An English degree prepares students for a wide array of professional and educational fields, including teaching and higher education, law, editing and publishing, corporate and not-for-profit management, medical school, and graduate study in English as well as other disciplines. Please check out the Career Center for more options.

Remember at Orientation

  • Orientation can be an information overload. Students should not hesitate to contact the English Academic Advisor for assistance at
  • USF recommends students meet with their advisor at least once a semester. Students can make an appointment with the advisor via E-Scheduler.
  • Have transcripts from ALL institutions, test scores (IB/AP), and any dual enrollment credit sent to USF for review.
  • Students must complete ENC1101 and ENC1102, or their equivalents, before they can take major English courses.
  • The English Department encourages students to finish their math requirements before attempting any Natural Science courses.
  • All students applying for a Bachelor of Arts degree from USF must demonstrate competency in a foreign language. To demonstrate this competency, students may take either two semesters of a beginning college-level foreign language or one semester of a higher-level course and earn a letter grade of “C” (no “S” grades) or above in the appropriate level course. They can also demonstrate equivalent competency by passing an examination. Sign language does not meet this requirement.