UMBC's English Department is a vibrant center for teaching, learning, and research with two major tracks: the Literature Track, for the broad range and diverse traditions of literature written in English, and the Communication and Technology Track, for written and spoken communication and the new information technologies. The English minors feature literature, creative writing, journalism, communication and technology as well as professional writing. The Department is also the home of UMBC's First-Year Composition Program.

UMBC's outstanding English faculty past and present includes winners of the Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Fulbright fellowships, as well as recipients of the American Studies Network Prize, the James N. Britten Award for Inquiry in the Language Arts, the James Thurber Prize for Comic Fiction, the Society for Professional Journalists' Award for commentary, the City and Regional Magazine Award for column writing, and Baltimore Magazine's Best of the Web award.