English faculty members Kristen Case, Eric Brown, Erin Kappeler, and Christine Darrohn participate in a recent staged reading of T. S. Eliot’s poem “The Waste Land.”

Welcome to the English Program at UMF!!

Students in the English program at the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) join an exciting, active, thriving community of more than two hundred students in literature and writing programs on a small liberal arts campus which places a very high value on writing and the arts.

The English major at UMF (revised in 2014) is a unique program that features only a few required courses and offers students more choice and agency in designing their own paths through the English major. The key component of the major is the “concentration.” Rather than requiring that all students take a set group of courses to complete their degrees, individual students will choose many of their own requirements by developing a concentration (a cluster of connected courses) within the major.

The English major at UMF differs from most other English programs by giving students more flexibility and choice in designing a set of course requirements tailored to the individual student’s interests and goals.

Students who major in English read and study with faculty and other students in small, collaborative, discussion-oriented classes, where they will have the opportunity to work closely with individual faculty members who are experts in their fields of study. English Majors develop original research projects in two senior seminars that serve as capstone courses for the major. On-campus publications, discussion groups, conferences, and symposiums provide students with opportunities for writing and for presenting their ideas and research in public forums.

English Majors at UMF will discover exciting new ways of experiencing literature. Active visiting writer and visiting speaker programs provide an opportunity to meet and talk with a diverse group of visiting writers, scholars, filmmakers, and performers. As an English Major at UMF, you will explore literary texts as historical and cultural artifacts, think about the relationship between literature and other art forms (such as film or music), and become a more active and engaged reader of both literary and non-literary texts as you develop skills in detailed textual analysis, critical thinking, research, and writing that will be valuable in many different careers.