Located in a major metropolitan area, the department and the university offer opportunities for students to enhance their experience through community engagement, student organizations, and internships.
Kansas City is home to theaters that produce classical and modern works, art museums with exceptional permanent collections and visiting exhibitions, archives and research libraries, and a vast network of writers and scholars. Students draw on these resources in their academic work and personal and professional development.
UMKC regularly hosts nationally recognized writers and scholars who share their work with students and other members of the academic community. Recent visitors include Angela Davis, Edward P. Jones, Eleanor Wilner, C.D. Wright, and U.S. poets laureate Billy Collins and Tracy K. Smith.
To broaden their experiences even further, students majoring in English often study abroad at Kingston University in London, the University of Stirling in Scotland, or other universities in Europe and across the globe.