Department of English

The USM English major is devoted to the study of language, literature, and culture.
James Joyce
English Literature
Aphra Behn, the first professional woman writer in English, lived from 1640 to 1689.
Aphra Behn
Poet Charles Simic (left) and English Major, Martin Conte, at the O'Brien Poetry Event, November 1, 2013
O'Brien Poetry Event - Charles Simic, Martin Conte
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The USM English major is devoted to the study of language, literature, and culture. Focusing upon the British and American literary traditions, the major exposes students to a range of literature in different historical eras. It also offers students the opportunity to explore other traditions such as Irish or Canadian literature, women’s writing, and African- American writing. In addition to literatures written in English, course offerings include world literatures in translation from the classical to contemporary eras.

News & Events

Rereading Goethe, Rethinking Culture
Professor Gerald Peters’ book, "Rereading Goethe, Rethinking Culture," was recently published.
"Otherwise Unseeable" book by Betsy Sholl
Betsy Sholl, adjunct professor of English, published a book of poetry titled, “Otherwise Unseeable."
Faculty Senate Awards were presented to Professors Dean and Waldrep.

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Fall 2014 Course Guide

Fall 2014 Course Guide cover

The REVISED Fall 2014 Course Guide is now available.  Hard copies are available in 311 Luther Bonney.

Course descriptions are covered in this guide, as well as information on advising, travel abroad, and scholarships.