Widely recognized as one of the leading departments in the nation, English at UCLA has long been known for its innovative research and excellence in teaching. Today, the English Department maintains its strong commitment to traditional areas of study, while also supporting groundbreaking research and teaching in new and interdisciplinary approaches to literary studies.
UCLA Departament of English
Discover the contemporary capital and recover hidden traces of the revolutionary era of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The program studies London as the key site in an often overlooked urban Romanticism, featuring the work of William Wordsworth, Mary Wollstonecraft, John Keats, Hannah More, Mary Robinson, and a special focus on the art and poetry of William Blake.
“The Florence summer program was the highlight of my UCLA experience. For four glorious weeks I had the pleasure of eating delicious gelato, studying iconic art and architecture, and exploring one of the most beautiful countries on earth. I often find myself pining to return to Florence—especially when I pass the international terminal at LAX. You need to place this program at the top of your college checklist.” - Savannah Tate
Trace the steps of some of the most important American writers and artists who spent time in Florence. Novels and stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Julia Ward Howe, Henry James, William Dean Howells, and Constance Fenimore Woolson are studied, along with the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s great translation of the Florentine poet Dante’s Inferno.
Experience Shakespeare’s plays as they were meant to be experienced, on the stage as well as the page, and in the company of his fellow dramatists, during a summer session spent in Stratford-upon-Avon and London, England. Students will be immersed in the study of multiple plays in performance, as mounted both on the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Globe Theater in Southwark, London.
"Taking the opportunity to study in Italy through the English department's Florence Travel Study Program was a life changing experience. I was able to read books by American authors who wrote their work abroad, and I was able to experience the same beauty of Florence that inspired their writing. I recommend that all English majors consider this opportunity as they will not regret it!" - Abraham Ramirez