The English program offers students an opportunity to study literature (principally English and American) intensively and to develop their abilities to read and interpret literary and cultural materials. The program features small, discussion-oriented classes, in which students engage with significant literary texts, learn to read with care and sensitivity, and develop important skills in writing, critical thinking, and detailed textual analysis. For a full description, visit the UMF catalog.

How do I explore English at UMF?

There are many ways to explore a major. You could:

  • Review the webpage for this major.
  • Talk to faculty members in the major. Ask about their career path.
  • Sit in on a class in this major. Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to find out which day might be best to drop in on.  If you have access to myCampus, click here to go to Schedule Planner to view classes.
  • Talk with upperclass students in the major. They can give you insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you. Just remember, their reasons for liking a major may be different from your own. Ask your advisor, your CA or other UMF staff to help you find someone in the major.
  • Enroll in ENG 181 Literary Analysis and Interpretation (non-majors must seek permission to enroll from the instructor or Humanities Division Chair).
  • Get involved with a Club & Organization related to the major (for example, Writer’s Guild, Journalism Club).
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major. Contact Meghan Price at The Partnership for Civic Engagement, or Career Counselors Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane to discuss opportunities.
  • Try a Job Shadow or Informational Interview. Contact Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane for more information.
  • Make an appointment to talk to a Career Counselor (Steve or Cyndi) or Academic Advisor (Lori Soucie) about the major.

What can I do with this major?

Learn more about the major using this resource maintained by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington: http://www.uncw.edu/career/WhatCanIDoWithaMajorIn.html

Can I minor in English? Are there related majors at UMF?

Yes! UMF has minors in Editing and Publishing and many other choices.  Click here for more information. Majors related to English include Creative Writing.

What kind of jobs have UMF graduates obtained with this major?

Digital Media Product Manager, Online Learning Coordinator & Instructional Technologist, Blogger/Copywriter, Academic & Career Advisor, QA Specialist, Marketing and Communications Manager, Grant Navigator for the National STEM Consortium, Managing Editor for Maine Authors Publishing, Maine State Police Social Media Liaison, Editorial Assistant, Sales and Marketing Assistant at Islandport Press, College Access Counselor, Project Coordinator at Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching, and others.

What other career paths can I pursue?

Other career paths include Technical Writer, Public Relations Specialist, Reporter, Editor, Teacher/Professor, Lawyer, Health-related staff, Library staff, and many more. Talking to faculty in the major or a career counselor can provide you with more information about a variety of career paths associated with this major.

How do I declare this major?

The first step is to communicate with the contact person for this major:  Dr. Michael Johnson, Roberts Learning Center, rm 208, michael.johnson@maine.edu, 207-778-7424.

To apply to the major, complete a change of major form (available in Merrill Center or any academic office).

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