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.

At Farmington, 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.

What Can You Do With A Degree in English?

Data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and other sources. Median Salaries for positions in Maine typically fall below those of other New England states.

Here, you’ll 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 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: presenting 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
Maria MacDougal portrait
Maria MacDougal, UMF English graduate

“UMF means more to me than I can express. My student work-study job led me to this amazing career I love, faculty nurtured my passion for reading and learning and I left UMF with lifelong friendships that I cherish.”

— Maria MacDougal

Maria MacDougal is a 2007 UMF English graduate. She works as a College Access Counselor at the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME).

Save nearly $6,000 per year in tuition. This University of Maine at Farmington program will qualify for the New England Regional Program tuition discount beginning in Fall 2024.

This price break is for residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont for the 2024-2025 academic year — a savings of $5,880 per year.

Contact Us

Office of Admissions
University of Maine at Farmington
246 Main Street
Farmington, Maine USA 04938-1994
tel  207-778-7050
fax  207-778-8182
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