Emphasis areas

  • Language and Literature (major and minor)
  • Creative Writing (major and minor)
  • Rhetoric and Composition (major and minor)
  • Manuscript, Print Culture, and Publishing (minor)
  • Secondary English Education (major)

Admission requirements

  • Transfer students should enter the English major with good reading and writing skills and a general familiarity with literature.
  • There are no admission requirements beyond the regular admission requirements for the university.


  • Kansas City has a vibrant community of writers and publishers, and UMKC’s English department encourages real-world experience for majors through internal and external internships. Through the resources of the metropolitan media and publishing houses, as well as the on-campus facilities of the national literary journal New Letters and literary publisher BkMk Press, students may gain experience in writing and editing.  

Fast facts

  • UMKC graduates in English are admitted to some of the strongest graduate programs and professional schools in the country.
  • Some English graduates elect to attend M.F.A. programs in creative writing, and others to enter M.A. or Ph.D. programs in literature or composition and rhetoric.
  • Many graduates in English also go directly into careers such as publishing, editing, education, communications and public relations.
  • Others use the skills and knowledge they have gained in English in professional fields such as law and business.
  • Several graduates of the program are currently teaching at American colleges and universities.   


Faculty have a broad range of professional competencies in the study of literature and language and are trained to teach courses in British and American literature, linguistics, rhetoric, American culture, film, creative writing and composition.

  • The department believes the study and teaching of literature and language to be an important means of preserving and vitalizing our humanistic tradition.
  • The department serves every student in the College of Arts and Sciences by offering courses in composition, language and linguistics, literature, film and creative writing. Some of the most popular cluster courses at UMKC are team-taught by members of the English department faculty and faculty from other disciplines.
  • In the past five years, English faculty have published 14 books, 22 articles, 16 book chapters, 14 essays, four short stories, eight interviews, and more than100 poems. In addition, we have won 62 grants and more than 20 prizes and awards from regional and national sources.

Student organizations

The full listing of student organizations available to UMKC students is available at: 


Explore career options for English majors at

Contact us

Office of Admissions

120 Administrative Center
5115 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: 816-235-1111
Toll-free: 1-800-775-8652
Relay Missouri: 1-800-735-2966 (TTY)

Visit us

Students are encouraged to schedule a campus visit by visiting or calling 816-235-8652.


UMKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.