English

Major/Minor

The English program combines critical and creative reading, writing and text analysis designed to encourage lively and diverse class discussions. Grounded in a liberal arts tradition, the academically challenging curriculum focuses on female writers and women's issues in addition to preparation for professions or advanced study.

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Program Locations

Available Majors

  • English

Through chosen electives, you can also create an English major with a drama or creative writing track. The creative writing track includes courses in writing poetry, short fiction, playwriting and creative nonfiction.

Available Minors

Additional Study Options

Faculty

Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the English major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

See course descriptions for a list of required courses and description of course and program options.

Fall  Spring 
First Year
ENG-101 College Writing 3 English elective 3
ENG-215 or 216 3 General Education/Electives 12
General Education/Electives 6 [15 credits]  
IDS-100 Perspectives in Education 3    
[15 credits]      
Second Year
ENG-224 Lit Perspectives I 3 ENG-223 Literary Research 3
Creative Writing 3 ENG-244 Lit Perspectives II 3
General Education/Electives 9 General Education/Electives 9
[15 credits]   [15 credits]  
Third Year
ENG-317 or 
ENG-319 Shakespeare
3 ENG-453 Lit Interpretation 3
English Elective 3 ENG-327 Contemporary World Lit 3
General Education/Electives 9 General Education/Electives 9
[15 credits]   [15 credits]  
Fourth Year
English elective (300/400-level) 3 ENG-452 Seminar 3
English elective (300/400-level) 3 English elective (300/400-level) 3
General Education/Electives 9 General Education/Electives 9
[15 credits]   [15 credits]  
 

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

Small classes, lectures and seminars assure personal attention and encourage interactive group discussions in a collaborative environment. Creative writers participate in interactive workshops and are encouraged to publish original writing.

Alum
Micah Castelo
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A Library for Change

Alum, NDMU Class of 2018 English, Communication Arts, Women's Studies

Micah Castelo and Lorelie Elaine Soriano submitted one of the 120 winning projects under the Davis Projects for Peace foundation. They have been awarded $10,000 each for the construction of the first official library of the Caibiran Central School in the city of Caibiran located in the eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. “From the start,” Castelo says “we knew that we wanted to work on a project in the Philippines because we are both Filipina.” Castelo didn’t have to reach very far to find motivation, “when I was still in the Philippines, my parents enrolled me in a private school because the public schools did not have enough resources to ensure each child succeeds. I see this award as a privilege that I have been granted. I want to use this privilege to help those children in need…They deserve this just as much as anyone else.”

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Internship & Professional Opportunities

Elective internships are available in businesses requiring writing, editing and other English-related skills, such as:

  • Public Relations Firms
  • Newspaper Offices
  • Schools
  • Law Firms

Publishing Your Work

Our students regularly publish their creative work in outside publications.

Supplemental Learning Experiences

The department chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, The International Honor Society in English, plans theatre excursions, lectures, literature readings and service projects.

English Careers

Our English major and minors are employed in business, education, law firms, publishing companies and government agencies. Many also go on to graduate school to pursue advanced degrees.

  • Editors
  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Elementary School Teachers
  • Paralegals
  • Hotel Managers
  • Technical Writers
  • Public Relations Managers
  • Non-Profit Writers
  • Grant Writers

Companies and Organizations

Graduate Schools Attended by Our Majors

  • UCLA
  • American University
  • University of Delaware
  • University of New Orleans
  • Yale University
  • Catholic University of America
  • UMBC
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas