What will I learn?

Coursework for a Bachelor of Arts in English provides comprehensive instruction in the resources of English, its language and literatures. This instruction is central to a liberal education and fundamental preparation for graduate liberal arts and professional programs. Courses in English teach critical and original thinking and communication. Knowledge gained from majoring in English provides excellent preparation for a wide range of careers that depend on critical and creative thinking and the ability to communicate clearly and persuasively.

The literature curriculum is designed to provide students with a broad-based foundation in English and American literature as well as in-depth inquiry into focused areas of literary study. Within this curriculum students are encouraged to read creatively and to discover what others have not seen. Students are asked to present these discoveries in writing in a persuasive way that allows others to see their importance. The literature program is enhanced and supported by links to the National Poetry Foundation, an internationally recognized center for the study of modern poetry.

Technical/Professional Writing

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:

  • ENG 317 – Business and Technical Writing Credits: 3
  • Two of the following:
  • ENG 415 – Advanced Report & Proposal Writing Credits: 3
  • ENG 416 – Technical Editing & Document Design Credits: 3
  • ENG 418 – Topics in Professional Writing Credits: 3
  • and
  • ENG 496 – Field Experience in Professional Writing Credits: 1-6
  • Students register for ENG 499, a non-credit Capstone designator, in the semester they plan to complete their Field Experience.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$30,030.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected November 2021

Start date

18 January 2022

Venue

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

5774 Stevens Hall, Room 100,

ORONO,

Maine,

04469, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed secondary/high school or university work.

For international students

Students must have completed secondary/high school or university work. Entry requirements may vary from country to country.

All applicants must request that an official English language proficiency exam score is submitted to UMaine by the testing agency:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - minimum score of 79 (IBT) or 550 (paper-based test).

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - minimum score of 6.5.

PTE (Pearson Test of English) - minimum score of 53.

CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) - completed level C1 Advanced (Certificate of Advanced English).

Waived language tests if:

Native speaker of English (e.g., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, U.K.); SAT Verbal score is 550 or higher; ACT English score is 24 or higher; high school transcript clearly states that English is the language of instruction of all subjects; student studying in the U.S. or Canada for two or more years and not in an ESL track; student has successfully passed an English Composition course at a U.S. higher education institution with a grade of C or higher, even if student has not studied in the U.S. for two or more years; successfully passed the English placement test at UMaine’s Intensive English Institute.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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