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 women's issues 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.

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Micah Castello

Developing My Voice as a Journalist

Alum, NDMU Class of 2018
English, Communication Arts
Notre Dame helped me discover my passion for storytelling through the writing courses I have taken…My experience at NDMU has not only helped me sharpen my writing and communication skills but it has given me the confidence boost I needed to believe in my ability to tell stories. I look forward to traveling to new places, meeting interesting people, feeling the adrenaline rush of a buzzing newsroom, and developing my voice as a journalist. What’s Next for Micah: Graduate Newspaper Fellow in the MA in Magazine, Newspaper, and Online Journalism at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School

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