Program overview

Are you passionate about majoring in English but have been told it will limit your career prospects? Check your fears at the door. UNE’s Bachelor of Arts in English focuses on the highly transferable skills acquired as a student of literature: command of language, analytical skills, critical thinking, and the capacity to understand multiple perspectives. Combined with internships, research, and study abroad experiences, you will be highly valued by many fields that prize people who can communicate well, solve problems, assimilate information quickly, and work well with others.

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The English department at UNE may be small, but that is what I love about it. More than a decade later, I still have relationships with my professors who have become lifelong mentors that I continually turn to for advice and they are always willing to support me.
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Why UNE for English

With faculty specialties in literature and health, law and humanities, creative writing, digital humanities, and more, the English program will expose you to a wide range of topics and genres.

  • Flexible curriculum, allowing for double majors and minors
  • Unique HuMed program to prepare for medical school while pursuing your passion for English
  • Instruction in digital literacies, culminating in the creation of a personal ePortfolio
  • Impressive archival collections for research and creative  projects
  • Opportunity to work as a Writing Fellow in our peer tutoring program
  • Intriguing internships
  • Study abroad opportunities
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The unique skill set of an English major is far more sought after than most people realize. As academic training requirements in many fields are becoming increasingly specific, employers are eager to find candidates who are excellent communicators, creative and analytic thinkers, and critical readers.

An English major is a gateway to numerous professions, including:

  • Editor
  • Filmmaker
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Physician
  • Project Manager
  • News Reporter
  • Scriptwriter
  • Teacher
  • Television Producer

Career Advising

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, Career Advising is here to help you plan your next step.


of graduates employed or enrolled in grad school within one year of graduation

(per 2016-2020 graduate surveys)


in Maine for getting a job

(Zippia, 2021)

Student Financial Services

One of the most important considerations when committing to a college or university is cost. We work with you and your family to help make your education affordable by pricing our tuition competitively and offering financial assistance.


There are many ways you can navigate the English major.

Examples of available courses

The following are some examples of the exciting courses that the English major offers:

  • Law and Literature
  • Reading and Writing in Digital Environments
  • Victorian Monsters
  • Writing and Women’s Health
  • Fiction Writing Workshop
  • Animals, Literature, and Culture
  • Lyrics
  • Narrative Medicine

To learn more about the program, see the Curriculum or visit the Catalog.

Honors program

If you are an exceptional student, you have the opportunity to conduct high-quality undergraduate research under the guidance of a faculty member through our English Honors Program.


Our HuMed program is the only one of its kind in the U.S., allowing you to indulge your passion for English while preparing for graduate study in our College of Osteopathic Medicine.



Experiential Learning

The English major emphasizes real-world learning, providing you with experiences that will set you apart in numerous professional fields. At UNE, we believe in learning by doing.

Hands-on activities

  • Participate in the creation of student-run publications
  • Get on-the-job experience as a peer tutor in our Writing Fellows program
  • Conduct research or produce creative projects to present at local, regional, and national venues
  • Visit UNE’s DigiSpace to develop digital literacies and create new digital content for your ePortfolio
  • Create podcasts



  • Maine Women Writers Collection
  • Office of Communications and Marketing


  • Print and Digital Publications 
  • TV and Radio Stations
  • Libraries
  • Politicians' Offices
  • Law Offices
  • Schools
  • Museums
  • Corporations

For more information, contact the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office English contact Cynthia Simon at (207) 602-2540 or

Global Education

See the world

Literature is the key to understanding the human condition. It uncovers universal truths but also reveals the deep diversity of our experiences. Our global approach to literature is enhanced by many opportunities to study abroad and gain exposure to a multitude of cultures. Choose to spend a semester in Spain, France, Iceland, or on UNE’s own international campus in Morocco. Or choose from several shorter faculty-led travel courses that will take you to places such as Ireland, Mexico, Italy, Cuba, and Kenya.

Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.


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