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About the English - Writing Degree Program

On Campus

An English with Writing Emphasis major at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is for those who value literature and are ready for many focused hours in writing. Students will acquire knowledge of literary history from a curriculum based on the study of significant texts of many genres, periods, and cultures and apply that understanding to their own writing. Undergraduates study both the craft and theory of writing in depth. Award-winning faculty members mentor, offer insight, and encourage scholarship and creativity in students.

Personal traits for success in English Writing

  • Writers have the ability to scan and identify problems within pieces of work.
  • They can bring characters to life and tap into their readers’ emotions.
  • They can express their ideas clearly.
  • Writers can think, process and write their ideas in their head.
  • They can think patiently and be flexible with their ideas full of possibilities.
  • They can artistically shape their ideas into masterpieces.
  • Writers can channel and organize their thoughts effectively.

English - Writing Emphasis Program at a Glance


Credit Hours

General Studies requirement has been reduced to 30 credit hrs allowing more freedom and making it easier to transfer to UNK.

Degree Received

English - Writing Emphasis, Bachelor of Arts


Per Credit Hour

With the New Nebraskan Scholarship all undergraduate students pay in-state tuition

Danielle Vallis

"My favorite part about the English department is the professors. I have learned a great deal about literature, writing techniques, and even films as each professor approaches their teachings in a different, but creative, way. I chose this major because I have enjoyed being able to create characters that never existed before. In the writing classes I have taken, I have learned how to take criticism through assignments where I share my work. The skills and techniques I learned during my time at the University of Nebraska at Kearney I have applied to my current job, and they will stay with me during all future endeavors."

Danielle Vallis

Habitat for Humanity, Lincoln, NE

What can you do with an English - Writing Emphasis Degree

Learn more about the types of jobs and common employers that English - Writing Emphasis graduates work for.


  • Technical Writer
  • Producer
  • Copy Writer
  • Poet, Lyricist, and Creative Writer
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Reporter and Correspondent
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Editor
  • Court Reporter

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