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University Catalog

English Major (Bachelor of Arts)

Vision Statement

The skills and knowledge of English are essential for student success in virtually all areas of society. To meet the challenges of modern culture, students need to be clear and effective both in writing and speaking. They need to be critical and insightful readers, skilled information processors, and lifelong learners. With the guidance of the UMFK English faculty, our students will graduate from the University of Maine at Fort Kent as valuable contributors to the world in which we live.


Mission Statement

The mission of the English Program at the University of Maine at Fort Kent is to help students improve their abilities to read, write, and think critically and creatively. Through the study of literature and the instruction of writing in various forms, the English Program endeavors to promote in our majors and minors, both, a deep understanding of our discipline and an active use of its practices. In the course of their studies with our program, students will be exposed to the traditional canon of British, American, and World literature as well as to non-canonical authors and works from various cultural traditions. Students will be asked to apply a variety of literary theories, including traditional close reading and recent methods of critical inquiry, and they will be asked to examine, question, and consider their own thoughts and ideas about literary and cultural history. The English Program serves the University of Maine at Fort Kent and the larger community by providing a wide array of courses that foster sound research, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and competent writing and speaking.


Program Description/Goals

The English Major in the Bachelor of Arts degree is designed for students who seek broad knowledge in the humanities through the study of literature and writing. Students may consider equally broad areas when applying this knowledge. Some possibilities include business, social work, government, education, creative arts, and/or graduate school. Emphasis is on the exploration of works in British, American, Comparative Literature, the study of critical theory, the understanding of language and culture, and the enhancement of writing and research skills.

The UMFK English Major consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours plus several options for taking: a) major and minor, b) a major and concentration, or c) double majoring.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students who have completed a B.A. in English will be able to:

  1. Provide evidence of competencies in critical reading, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and written and verbal communication through successful completion of a senior electronic portfolio and assessment;
  2. Demonstrate an expertise in interpreting, critiquing, and appreciating a variety of literary texts;
  3. Contribute to academic discourse, and display refined communicative and critical thinking skills;
  4. Develop a professional attitude towards literary studies including the ability to apply various theoretical approaches to a variety of texts. In doing so, students should demonstrate an awareness of the worldviews of various human cultures and historical eras considered by literary studies;
  5. Create documents that are appropriately addressed to the intended audience, and which utilize appropriate rhetorical strategies, grammar, and mechanics;
  6. Demonstrate familiarity with current research technologies and resources and the ability to appropriately document researched materials;
  7. Demonstrate familiarity with major literary periods, works, authors, terminology, critical theories, and issues in the field of literary studies; and
  8. Competitively apply to graduate or professional schools, teaching positions, or other professions with the analytical and critical skills developed in the course of literary studies.

Program Requirements

CRN Course Name Credits
Required Courses:
  English courses at or above the 300 level 12 credits
ENG 498 Senior English Capstone 3 credits
Historical Survey Courses: (select 5)
ENG 202 British Literature I: Beginnings to 1785 3 credits
ENG 203 British Literature II: 1785 to Present 3 credits
ENG 250 American Literature I: Beginnings to 1865 3 credits
ENG 251 American Literature II: 1865 to Present 3 credits
ENG 255 World Literature I: Beginnings to 1600's 3 credits
ENG 256 World Literature II: 1600's to Present 3 credits
Total 30 credits
  • Students electing to take a Minor must complete 18 credits in an approved minor. Minors must be in a separate subject designator (e.g., Art, History, Music, etc.).
  • Students electing to take a Concentration in English must select 18 credits in ONE Concentration:

A. Literature concentration select six (18 credits)

CRN Course Name Credits
ENG 253 Literature of Childhood Adolescence 3 credits
ENG 367 Wold Epics 3 credits
ENG 343 Jung & Fairy Tales 3 credits
ENG 368 Comparative Mythology 3 credits
ENG 370 Classical Mythology 3 credits
ENG 429 Heroine's Journey 3 credits
ENG 452 Short Story 3 credits
ENG 472 Twentieth Century American Poetry 3 credits
ENG 477 Shakespeare 3 credits

B. Creative Writing Concentration (18 credits)

CRN Course Name Credits
ENG 345 Form and Theory of Creative Writing 3 credits
ENG 348 Fiction Writing I 3 credits
ENG 364 Poetry Writing I 3 credits
ENG 478 Fiction Writing II 3 credits
ENG 479 Poetry Writing II 3 credits
ENG 495 Special Topics in Creative Writing 3 credits

Students electing to take a double major with English will complete a second major. The “Double Major” student will earn one degree which will include the two majors. In cases where the majors are associated with different degrees, the student must select a primary degree and will graduate with only that degree. Both majors will be recorded on the student’s transcript and diploma at graduation.No more than 6 credits may overlap between the two majors.


Techniques for Assessment

All graduating seniors enroll in ENG 498 and submit an electronic portfolio (selecting a focus on literature, creative writing, professional writing or English education) providing a representative selection of course work in English courses from their matriculation through their final semester in ENG 498. English majors will prepare portfolios and submit them to the English Program toward the end of their senior year. Specific instructions for the English Electronic Portfolio will be provided to all new majors at the beginning of their first semester of enrollment. Students must submit the electronic portfolio to complete ENG 498.


Career Option for English Majors - Secondary Teacher Certification

UMFK English majors also may acquire Secondary Teacher Certification. Students planning on Secondary Certification will take the 18 credits in the Historical Survey Courses section of the English major, ENG 347 Contemporary Literary Theory, and Eng 498 Senior English Capstone for a total of 24 credits.

In addition, English majors seeking Secondary Certification will take the required Professional Education courses, successfully complete Core Academic Skills for Educators Praxis and Praxis II, as well as complete a semester of Student Teaching. Students should work with their English advisor and Education faculty to create the best course sequence for acquiring Secondary Teacher Certification.


Suggested Course Sequencing

Fall Semester Freshman Year

CRN Course Name Credits
ENG 100 English Composition I 3 credits
  English Core Requirements 3 credits
HUM 102 First Year Experience 3 credits
  General Education - Quantitative Literacy 3 credits
COS 103 Introduction to Information Technology 4 credits
Total 16 credits

Spring Semester Freshman Year

CRN Course Name Credits
ENG 101 English Composition II 3 credits
  English Core Requirements 3 credits
COM 200 Speech 3 credits
  General Education - Quantitative Literacy 3 credits
  General Education - Visual & Performing Arts 3 credits
Total 15 credits

Fall Semester Sophomore Year

CRN Course Name Credits
  Concentration or Minor 3-6 credits
  English Core Requirements 3-6 credits
  General Education - Natural Science 4 credits
  General Education - Foreign Languages 3 credits
Total 13-19 credits

Spring Semester Sophomore Year

CRN Course Name Credits
  Concentration or Minor 3-6 credits
  English Core Requirements 3-6 credits
  General Education - Foreign Languages 6 credits
Total 12-18 credits

Fall Semester Junior Year

CRN Course Name Credits
  Concentration or Minor 3-6 credits
  English Core Requirements 3-6 credits
  Electives 3 credits
  General Education - Behavioral Sciences 3 credits
Total 12-18 credits

Spring Semester Junior Year

CRN Course Name Credits
  Concentration or Minor 3-6 credits
  English Core Requirements 3-6 credits
  General Education - History 3 credits
  Elective 3 credits
Total 12-18 credits

Fall Semester Senior Year

CRN Course Name Credits
  Concentration or Minor 3 credits
  English Core Requirements 3-6 credits
  Electives 3-6 credits
Total 12-15 credits

Spring Semester Senior Year

CRN Course Name Credits
  Concentration or Minor 3 credits
  English Core Requirements 3-6 credits
  Electives 3-6 credits
ENG 498 Senior English Capstone 1 credit
Total 12-18 credits