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2021-2022 UMA Catalog 
2021-2022 UMA Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, BA

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Delivery Area: Augusta, Bangor

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements:

  • Minimum 120 Credit Hours
  • Writing Intensive Course
  • Minimum Cumulative G.P.A.: 2.00
  • 30 Credit Hours of Residency Courses
  • 9 Credits of Upper-Level Major Residency Courses
  • Minimum G.P.A. in the Major: 2.00

Program Major Requirements (48 Credit Hours):

Select one of the following Pathways:

Other Program Requirements (20-21 credit hours):

Remaining General Education Requirements (28 Credit Hours):

This section is waived for those who hold a prior bachelors degree from a regionally accredited institution

Complete one of the following Fine Arts electives (3):

Complete one of the following Computer Information Systems courses (3):

Complete two of the following Social Science electives (6):

From two different disciplines:

  • ANT 1xx any 100-level Anthropology course
  • ECO 1xx any 100-level Economics course
  • 3 CR
  • 3 CR
  • JUS 1xx any 100-level Justice Studies course
  • POS 1xx any 100-level Political Science course
  • PSY 1xx any 100-level Psychology course
  • SOC 1xx any 100-level Sociology course
  • SSC 1xx any 100-level Social Science course

General Electives (23-24 Credit Hours):

  • Complete 5-6 credits of any 100-level or higher electives 5-6 CR
  • Complete 6 credits of any upper-level (300-400 level) electives outside of the English major 6 CR
  • Complete 12 credits of any upper-level (300-400 level) electives 12 CR

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.

General Education:

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/

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