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 David Wojahn (right) at the O'Brien Poetry Event, November 9, 2012
O'Brien Poetry Event - November 9, 2012

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

“What You Do When You Hit a Wall: A Qualitative Study of Difficulty in First-Year Writing Courses”; a lecture by Ann Dean, University of Southern Maine associate professor of English and Director of College Writing; 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, 213 Abromson Center, 88 Bedford St., Portland; Free and open to the public.
Five English Professors Awarded Faculty Senate Research Grants
Professor of English Shelton Waldrep talked about his course “The Phenomenology of Performance: David Bowie” and forthcoming book “Future Nostalgia: Performing David Bowie,” in the March 10 Portland Press Herald.

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.