English Department
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 social justice issues that impact women in addition to preparation for professions or advanced study.
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Program Location

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

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]  
NDMU-100 Perspectives in Education 4    
[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.

Rochelle Thompson

Rochelle Thompson

Exemplary Student Leadership

Student, NDMU Class of 2022
English, Political Science
An outstanding Notre Dame of Maryland University student leader was recognized for her community involvement with the prestigious Newman Civic Fellowship by Campus Compact, a national coalition of colleges and universities working to advance the public purposes of higher education. “It is a great honor to be a part of so many communities and use my voice to promote change on a local and national level while advocating for those whose voices are silenced or ignored,” said Thompson. "My commitment to leadership is demonstrated through my acts of service, love, and compassion."

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

As a student in the English program at NDMU, you will have support and guidance from faculty in pursuing opportunities to publish your writing. Our students regularly publish their creative work in outside publications.


You can also submit your work to Damozel, the NDMU English Department's annual creative literary magazine which features any form of creative writing, art, or photography from NDMU students and alum.

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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