Welcome to the undergraduate English major and minor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Students majoring in English are introduced to a multitude of cultural, historical, political and critical perspectives as they pursue one or more of the following concentrations: British and Anglophone Literature; American Literature; Media, Rhetorical and Cultural Studies; and Creative Writing (fiction, poetry, or non-fiction).  Regardless the concentration, students leave the major with increased research skills and heightened theoretical acumen.  They also graduate with sharpened analytical abilities, and, of course, a deeper sense of what makes for effective communication, both in oral and written forms, all of which are in high demand in the private and public employment sectors.

As an important complement to our curriculum, most of our majors also participate in a robust Internship program.  Interns receive hands-on work experience in such places as ESPN, Chicago International Film Festival, Amnesty International USA, the Field Museum, McGraw-Hill, NBC, Newberry Library, Mile Square Health Center, the World Trade Council, the Council on American-Islamic Association, and the Daily Herald newspaper, to name but a few opportunities.

Come join us and learn what it means to study English in the heart of one of America's most vibrant cities.

The Director of Undergraduate Studies is Professor Natasha Barnes.


We strongly recommend that all English majors and minors get frequent advising from our English-dedicated advisor, Ms. Allison James, housed in LAS Advising (3rd floor, University Hall). Please call LAS reception at 312-996-3366, or email Allison at to schedule an appointment or to discuss available walk-in hours.

Non-advising questions can be directed to Dr. Jennifer Rupert, Program Coordinator for Undergraduate Studies in English, at Jennifer can be reached in-person or by phone (312-413-2237) during her scheduled office hours in 1931 UH.

Name Title Location & Phone Email
Natasha Barnes
Director of Undergraduate Studies 1933 UH
Linda Landis Andrews Internship Coordinator 1929 UH
Robin Hursey Senior Advisor-Internship Program
UH 521
Allison James
Major/minor advising