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A U N E professor and students stand with a statue of Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond
Students in Professor Michael Cripps' class visit Thoreau's cabin on Walden Pond.

The English Department offers two Bachelor of Arts degrees, minors in either English or Writing, and courses required for the Bachelor of Sciences Secondary Education degree with a concentration in English/Language Arts.

In addition, the department is the entry point for UNE's innovative HuMed program.

Major Programs of Study

Our Major in English (B.A.) emphasizes a global approach to literature and prepares you to read and analyze texts ranging from novels and poems to films, photographs, and more.

To learn more about the B.A. in English, see the Curriculum or Catalog.

Our Major in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (B.A.) is a flexible program that invites you to draw relationships across coursework in history, literature, philosophy, religion, and more. As a student in this program, you'll pursue a senior capstone project in which you bring an interdisciplinary approach to a subject that interests you.

To learn more about the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, see the Curriculum or Catalog.

Minor Programs of Study

Our Minor in English is a great complement to a major in a science, social science, or professional field. With just one required course, it is our least restrictive program and invites students who enjoy reading, discussion, and writing to deepen their understanding of literature and writing without delaying progress toward degree completion.

Our interdisciplinary Minor in Writing complements any existing major and signals your commitment to the value of written (and oral) communication. The interdisciplinary nature of the program enables students in any major to pursue the minor while completing major and Core coursework. Whether your major is in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, or a professional field, the writing minor enhances your career readiness and helps ensure you will succeed.

Other Programs

The Secondary Education Major with a concentration in English (B.S.) is a clear path to State of Maine certification as a secondary education teacher in English and Language Arts. Offered through UNE's Education Department, the curriculum combines depth of learning in both Education and English. Graduates from this program quickly find employment as English teachers at high schools across Maine, and elsewhere.

To learn more about the B.S. in Secondary Education with a concentration in English, see the Curriculum or Catalog.

The HuMed Program enables select students with interests in history, literature, or philosophy and demonstrated aptitude for the natural sciences to pursue their passions on the way to medical school. Students in this program who complete a B.A. in a humanities major and meet all HuMed requirements are guaranteed an interview for admission to UNE’s College of Osteopathic Medicine program. Moreover, they will have developed skills and knowledge essential to their success as medical students and career fulfillment as physicians. Learn more about HuMed.