The English Program Numbering System
At the introductory level, the department offers several writing-intensive 100-level courses that focus on skills in writing and argumentation as well as interpretation. These courses are designed primarily for first-year students. ENG 102W is required for admission to most upper-level English courses.
200-level courses are designed primarily for English major sophomores and juniors and senior non-majors. It is recommended that English majors enroll in the required British and American survey sequences (202, 203, 204, 250 and 251) early in their programs.
The majority of English Department courses are at the 300-level. Students should take ENG 300W Introduction to Literary Criticism and Theory after taking the 200-level surveys. 300-level courses provide students with an opportunity to hone reading, critical thinking and writing skills. 300-level courses are open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
400-level courses are intensive, discussion-oriented classes that place a premium on independent, student-initiated work. Students in these courses will become active members of the critical scholarly community; as such, research will be a required component of all 400-level literature courses. 400-level courses outside of the senior seminar are open to students who have completed at least one 300-level course and ENG 300W . It is recommended that majors enroll in ENG 499, the senior seminar, during their last 30 credits at UMA.
It is the intention of the University of Maine at Augusta that every degree graduate will be prepared to function in our society as an effective and informed citizen. To this end, the faculty has designed a set of minimum expectations that students are expected to satisfy. The aspirations are defined by core skills, competencies, and abilities as well as knowledge based learning experiences that are the grounds for the General Education Requirements. To learn more, visit www.uma.edu/academics/general-education/