Students and a professor in an English classroom

The English major at the University of Maine at Farmington is a unique and flexible program where you design your own path as you develop your analytical and writing skills in small, collaborative, discussion-oriented classes.

Here, you can custom-tailor your English program to suit your personal interests and passions. You get to choose many of your own degree requirements, selecting from a cluster of connected courses called a Concentration.

Examples of Concentrations students have created include Psychology in Media and Literature, The Art of the Comic Book, Editing and Publishing, Teaching English Abroad, Diversity in Literature, The Art and Practice of Journalism, Literature and Film, Nineteenth-Century British Literature, and Contemporary American Literature and Culture.

At Farmington, you work closely with faculty members who will introduce you to exciting new ways of experiencing literature — in the class and outside the classroom. Our evening Visiting Writers and Visiting Speakers programs bring to campus a diverse group of working professionals and scholars: published authors, filmmakers, performers and others. Best of all, you’ll get to network and meet with them after their presentations.

Our on-campus publications, discussion groups, conferences and symposiums allow you to write and present your own ideas and research in public: talking about Shakespeare at regional conferences, making and showing short films about Emily Dickinson poems, writing and performing songs about Jane Austen’s novels, and more.

Some English students have been awarded UMF Wilson Scholarships to fund independent research. Student research projects have explored young adult literature, book conservation in a digital age, the Iraq War, knighthood in The Canterbury Tales and more.

Internships – Real-World Experience

At UMF you can find out, first-hand, what it’s like to work with a degree in English while you learn valuable career skills and develop a strong network of professional contacts.

Here’s a short list of where our English students have recently interned:

  • Writers Workout
  • Maine State Aquarium
  • Sandy River Review

What can you do with a degree in English? (What can’t you do?)

UMF English majors work in a wide range of career fields — some English-related, many others that may surprise you: journalism, communications, marketing, freelance writing, professional research, broadcasting, teaching, library science and more. They’re lawyers, graphic designers, news journalists, medical technicians, teachers, web developers, librarians, writers, editors, union organizers, even folksingers.