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2020-2021 UMA Catalog 
2020-2021 UMA Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Advising Center: 1-877-UMA-1234 ext. 3149 or (207) 621-3149
Coordinator: Ellen Taylor (Augusta)/Chris Bates (Bangor)
Website: www.uma.edu/academics/programs/english/


The English program is a traditional liberal arts offering which emphasizes a broad and intensive background in the arts, humanities and sciences. Students who wish to prepare themselves for advanced study, particularly in traditional liberal arts areas, should consider matriculating in this degree.

Mission Statement: UMA students who complete the English degree have learned how to read closely, think critically, and communicate persuasively. Through their knowledge of literature and language, they also understand the aesthetic, historical, and philosophical currents that inform their culture and shape their roles in society. Students with the Bachelor of Arts in English from UMA have a strong foundation for careers in education, public relations, business, law, government, writing/editing, and journalism, among others.

Program Objectives

The Bachelor of Arts in English is a liberal arts program designed to deepen your understanding and appreciation of literature. Within a curriculum that blends the humanities, arts, and sciences, you explore literary works in the context of cultural history and traditions. In the process, you develop skills related to analysis, collaboration, critical reasoning, and written and oral communication - abilities many employers prefer to specific preparation.
As a UMA student, you will enjoy vibrant discussion, personal attention, and close working relationships with the English faculty, a small community of scholars and writers dedicated to teaching. Special areas of study include British and American literature, Maine writers, women’s studies, Shakespeare, and creative and technical writing. The skills you gain provide a superb foundation for graduate study or professional careers in teaching, journalism, publishing, and professional writing, as well as administration, business, government, and social services.

Learning Outcomes

The English faculty delivering the Bachelor of Arts in English degree at the University of Maine at Augusta is committed to the development and enhancement of our students’ skills, abilities, and competencies and anticipates the following outcomes:

  1. Think critically about oral, written, and visual texts
  2. Write well developed expository, persuasive, and critical essays
  3. Design documents to meet the needs of readers
  4. Edit documents effectively
  5. Understand and evaluate the rhetorical strategies writers use to achieve their purposes
  6. Understand the components of poetry, fictions, and drama
  7. Have knowledge of works from different periods and genres within the evolving canon of English language texts, including but not limited to texts of women, ethnic and racial minorities, Anglophone authors, and lesbian and gay authors
  8. Understand the historical contexts of literature
  9. Understand various critical and theoretical approaches to texts
  10. Synthesize knowledge and practice through presentations, performances, projects, and research papers
  11. Locate, evaluate and properly site primary source materials, literary criticism, theory, and other scholarly texts

Capstone Course

The UMA English program includes a required capstone course, ENG 499 Senior Seminar, in which majors must enroll during their senior year. This experience is designed to enable graduating students to reflect back upon and analyze their past experiences in English courses, explore the discipline of English, and become well versed in a specific literary subject that impassions them. Further, the senior seminar allows English majors to develop a greater awareness of how they might participate in continued discussions and debates that characterize literary studies.

Admissions Requirements (see UMA general requirements )

Academic Advising

English majors are advised by full-time faculty members and are required to meet with their advisors prior to registration. An advisor’s signature or electronic equivalent is required for registration. Students are encouraged to continue to meet with their advisors on a regular basis to help ensure a productive and meaningful college experience.

Graduation Requirements

Upon successful completion of the program requirements listed below, the student will be awarded a bachelor of arts in English degree.

  • Completion of 120-121 semester hours of credit
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00
  • Completion of 45 semester hours at the upper level (300-400 series) with grades of “C” or better
  • Completion of the General Education Requirements
  • Completion of the English major requirements

Career Opportunities

Skills You’ll Acquire

Students who major in English develop a wide variety of skills which may include persuading, evaluating, problem solving, editing, finding and using resources. An English major may write for a variety of audiences. They may collaborate, analyze, communicate, and build on the ideas of others, asking critical questions, and appreciating different points of view. These skills serve students well as they embark on teaching, writing, public and private sector jobs. The following is a selected list of skills and abilities acquired through the study of English:

Working With People
  • Relating to people from different backgrounds
  • Assessing human needs
  • Interpreting others’ beliefs
  • Presenting alternative viewpoints
  • Understanding audiences
  • Working collaborative
  • Summarizing information
  • Writing concisely
  • Proofreading
  • Finding and using resources
  • Designing documents
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Using one’s command of grammar
  • Writing creatively
  • Writing technical reports
  • Explaining in persuasion and argumentation
  • Giving directions
  • Reading charts and graphs
  • Evaluating work of others
  • Thinking independently
  • Comparing information
  • Developing hypotheses
  • Analyzing different points of view

Careers You Can Seek

Our B.A. degree in English can serve as a foundation for many diverse career paths. The selected list below offers a few options that may be available to you.

  • Marketing Communications Manager
  • Book Store Manager
  • Retail Buyer
  • Special Events Marketer
  • Merchandiser
  • Sales Account Manager
  • B2B Content Marketing
  • News Reporter
  • Newsletter Editor/Publisher
  • Magazine/Newspaper Columnist
  • Copy Editor
  • Personnel Director
  • Internet Publisher
  • Technical Writer/Editor*
  • Romance Novelist
  • Travel Writer
  • Corporate Blogger
  • Social Media Manager
  • Journalist
Public Sector
  • Press Secretary
  • Legal Assistant
  • Grant Coordinator/Writer
  • Lobbyist
  • Nonprofit Executive Director
  • Communications Manager
  • Program Administrator
  • Speechwriter
Education/Human Services
  • Head Start Teacher
  • Literacy Volunteers Coordinator
  • Teacher K-12
  • University Recruitment Director
  • College Professor*
  • Curriculum Developer*
  • Adult Education Director*

*Graduate-level study is generally required for theses occupations.

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