Welcome to the English Honors Program

Is there a book that you’ve been eager to study, a play you’ve been drafting in your head, a digital tool you’ve been building, or story you’ve been itching to investigate? The English Department Honors Program invites junior or senior English majors to work in close collaboration with a department faculty member to pursue an extended research-based project of your own design. From science writing to podcasting, literary criticism to poetry, the Honors projects you can pursue reflect the diversity of our field and your own distinctive research interests.

Over the course of two semesters, you will develop, research, and produce an Honors project under the guidance of a faculty mentor and a cohort of other Honors students. In addition to developing your ideas into a final project, you will have the chance to apply for university funding, present your work at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day, discuss your work with a faculty panel, and potentially publish or share your project in the UMBC Review. Upon successful completion of the program, you will graduate from UMBC with departmental Honors.

Whether you are preparing for graduate study in English or a related field, or simply interested in challenging yourself and working one-on-one with faculty, the English Honors Program provides a rich opportunity for growth as a scholar, critic, writer, and creator. For application information, click on the “Requirements” tab. Applications for a Fall 2024 start date are due May 15, 2024. 

Please contact Dr. DiCuirci if you’d like to learn more about the program: dicuirci@umbc.edu