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Welcome to the Department of English

IMG_5222_2The Department of English offers its majors the creative and critical insights that come from access to the resources of the English language and comprehensive study of literatures written in English. Literature courses range from historical surveys to intense explorations of a single author; from classic texts to films and fiction in contemporary popular culture; from close reading and appreciation of a writer’s craft to theoretical issues within broadly-based cultural studies. Students are encouraged to become active participants in the creation of new cultural realities.

English courses are also central to many interdisciplinary minors and concentrations, because the creative and analytical skills they develop are fundamental to many fields. Such interdisciplinary areas at the University of Maine include: New Media; Ethnic Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Legal Studies.

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Printable fact sheet on the Bachelor of Arts degree in English