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2024/25 Combined UM UMM Undergraduate Catalog 
2024/25 Combined UM UMM Undergraduate Catalog


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Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Miminum number of credits required to complete the major: 39

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: A “C-” or better in all courses counted toward the English Major.

Other GPA requirements to graduate: Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in the courses in the major field that are credited toward the major

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: ENG 499  when taken with a variety of 400 level courses. ENG 490  and ENG 496  can only serve as capstone courses when they are accompanied by ENG 499 . HON 498  and HON 499  . Successful completion of ENG 395 followed by at least one semester of tutoring in the Writing Center.

Courses satisfying the writing intensive requirement within the major: ENG 301 , ENG 307 , ENG 309 , ENG 309 , ENG 315 , ENG 317 , ENG 395 , ENG 402 , ENG 405 , ENG 415 , ENG 416 , ENG 418 , ENG 440 , ENG 445 , ENG 459 , ENG 460 , ENG 470 , ENG 471  and ENG 490  

Residency Requirement: At least 18 credits in the major must be taken at UMaine

Contact Information: Steven Evans, Associate Professor, Department Chair, Department of English, 304 Neville Hall, 207.581.3822, steven.evans@maine.edu

The requirements listed on this page are specific to this particular major. Students are also responsible for meeting any graduation requirements set out by their college. Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) should make sure to review those requirements as stated on the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences  page of the catalog.

For more information about our undergraduate and graduate programs, program learning outcomes, internships, special resources and programs, and career opportunities, see our web site at https://english.umaine.edu

Information about the English Major

Core Requirements for All Majors:

Majors take a minimum of 39 credits in English beyond ENG 101. At least 18 of these credits must be University of Maine courses.  By the time of graduation, a student must also complete an additional field requirement, which may be satisfied in three ways: a minor, a second major, or intermediate proficiency in a language other than English (to the 204 level in college courses, or the equivalent by examination).

All majors must complete the following specific requirements:

Writing Requirement for All Majors

Majors are required to complete a minimum of three writing courses (9 credits) above the level of ENG 101. Two of those courses must be at the 300 or 400 level.

These three courses can be chosen from the analytical writing, creative writing, and/or professional and technical writing options listed under “Writing Concentration Options” below. Concentrations are strongly encouraged but not required for graduation.

200 level writing courses include: ENG 201 ENG 205  , ENG 206  

300 and 400 level writing courses include: ENG 301  ENG 307  ENG 308  ENG 309  ENG 315  ENG 317  ENG 395  ENG 402  ENG 407  ENG 408  ENG 415  ENG 416  

Writing Concentration Options

Writing Concentrations offer students a structured progression through the fields of Creative Writing, Analytical Writing, or Technical/Professional Writing. Each concentration provides both introductory and advanced instruction and prepares students for further education or for work in many professions. Each writing concentration requires a sequence of courses beginning at the 200 or 300 level and culminating in advanced coursework or pre-professional experiences in the senior year

Creative Writing (9 credits):

This concentration allows students to explore their worlds with carefully crafted language and to make the writing of imaginative literature a way of life. Course work usually includes:

Analytical Writing (9 credits):

This concentration is for students whose primary interest is in literature, literary theory, and in writing essays, literary criticism, and academic papers.  It provides excellent preparation for law school or for graduate study in language and literature.   It is also useful for students planning to teach at the secondary or college level. Course work includes:

Technical/Professional Writing (12 credits):

This 12-credit concentration is useful for students planning careers in such diverse professions as law, public relations, management, arts administration, technical writing, and journalism. Course work usually includes:

Senior Capstone Requirement:

The senior capstone requirement applies to all majors and all concentrations. It may be satisfied in a number of ways appropriate to a student’s interests and plans, and is normally a natural culmination to previous choices within the major. Most of the capstone options also satisfy other major requirements. Any one of the following courses or experiences may be used:

Any ENG 400 level literature course in which the student writes a substantial research paper; ENG 490  is optimized for the Capstone experience but all 400 level literature courses can fulfill the requirement by arrangement with the instructor.

Suggested four-year plan for the BA in English

First Year - First Semester

First Year - Second Semester

Second Year - First Semester

Second Year - Second Semester

Third Year - First Semester

Third Year - Second Semester

  • ENG 300 or 400 level writing course. Credits: 3
  • ENG 300 level literature course. Credits: 3-6
  • Electives, other program requirements remaining. Credits: 3-6

Fourth Year - First Semester

  • ENG 400 level literature and writing courses including capstone options Credits: 3-12
  • Electives Credits: 3-9

Fourth Year - Second Semester

  • Finish capstone and ENG 300/400-level courses if you haven’t already done so.

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