English (ENGL)College of Arts and Humanities
1128 Tawes Hall, (301) 405-3825
Chair: W. Cohen
Director: T. Moser
Professors: J. Auchard, J. Auerbach, C. Caramello, V. Carretta, K. Cartwright, W. Cohen, T. Coletti, M. Collier, M. Collins, J. Donawerth, N. Fraistat, D. Hamilton, R. Harrison, L. Kauffman, T. Leinwand, R. Levine, S. Logan, H. Norman, M. Olmert, B. Pearson, C. Peterson, S. Plumly, S. Ray, B. Richardson, L. Rosenthal, M. Smith, O. Wang, M. Washington, D. Wyatt
Associate Professors: E. Arnold, A. Bailey, R. Bauer, M. Casey, M. Chico, L. Coleman, K. Coles, J. Enoch, M. Israel, S. Jelen, M. Kirschenbaum, K. Kraus, M. Lindemann, P. Mallios, T. Moser, Z. Nunes, R. Ontiveros, G. Passannante, K. Robertson, J. Rudy, J. Weiner, S. Wible, E. Wong
Assistant Professors: S. Balachandran Orihuela, O. Gaycken, M. Kill, L. Konstantinou, K. Macharia, E. Mitchell, C. Rutherford, S. Trudell, V. Valiavitcharska, C. Walter
Lecturers: L. Macri, E. Robinson, L. Ryan
Professors Emeriti: J. Barry, V. Beauchamp, A. Berlin, J. Bryer, R. Coogan, S. Cooper, R. Cross, J. Fahnestock, V. Flieger, M. Freedman, G. Fry, G. Hamilton, E. Hammond, H. Herman, N. Isaacs, R. Jellema, R. Kolker, L. Lawson, S. Leonardi, M. Mack, M. Marcuse, W. Peterson, J. Salamanca, M. Trousdale, R. Vitzthum, C. Winton
The English major has four parts: English 301, Group I Requirements, Group II Requirements, and Emphasis/Elective Requirements. English 301 is a required course and should usually be taken in the first semester after a student becomes an English major. Group I Requirements provide a broad foundation in literary history and an awareness of questions an inquiring reader might ask of a text. Group II Requirements explore in greater depth both literary periods and literary themes across periods, and develop skills in reading, criticism, writing, and research. The Emphasis/Electives Requirements allows students to focus on their personal interests within the major.
The English major has been designed to give students an overview of the history and variety of literature written in English; to use the critical study of language and literature to help students think carefully and express themselves well; and to introduce students to the debates about literature and culture that shape our intellectual lives and our national and global conversations. Our hope is that our graduates will enter the world with the sophistication, critical acumen, and sympathy born of wide reading and with the skills needed to carry their convictions into action, no matter what line of work they pursue.
Program Learning Outcomes
Requirements for the Major
The English major requires 36 credits distributed as follows:
Students pursuing the major should review the academic benchmarks established for this program. See: www.4yearplans.umd.edu. Students will be periodically reviewed to insure they are meeting benchmarks and progressing to the degree. Students who fall behind program benchmarks are subject to special advising requirements and other interventions.
English and English Education Double Major
All courses presented for the major must be passed with a grade of C- or better. An overall GPA of 2.0 in the major is required for graduation.
Requirements for the Minor
Requirements for the Creative Writing Minor
The minor in Creative Writing offers students the opportunity to engage deeply with their own writing and that of their peers in a graduated series of workshops led by professional writers of poetry and prose.
The Creative Writing minor's 15 credits consist of the following:
After admission to the minor, students choose to specialize in either prose (352, 498) or poetry (353, 499). Students admitted directly to a 300-level workshop must take three workshops (9 credits) at the 400-level.
No course grade below the grade of C- may count toward the minor. An overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor is reqired for graduation.
Requirements for the Rhetoric Minor
The minor in rhetoric is an interdisciplinary program offered through the cooperation of the Department of English and the Department of Communication. Requirements are listed in the Communication section of the catalog.
To make an appointment to explore or declare a minor, go to www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/academics/minors .
Academic advising is available throughout the year in 1128 Tawes Hall. Departmental academic advising is mandatory for all majors each semester. Students should check Testudo for their registration date and schedule an advising appointment for at least one week in advance of their date. The English Department also offers internship and career advising. Advising appointments can be made by calling 301-405-3825 or by visiting the English Undergraduate Studies Office in 1128 Tawes Hall.
The Writing Center, 1205 Tawes Hall, 301-405-3785, provides free tutorial assistance to undergraduate students with writing assignments. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome based on availability of tutors. Appointments can be made by calling the Writing Center or visiting its website. Students, faculty, and staff with questions about punctuation, sentence structure, word choice, or documentation can call the Writing Center's Grammar Hotline at 301-405-3785.
The department both sponsors internships and offers credit for outside pre-professional internships. Departmental internships include: Maryland General Assembly Internship, Dickinson Electronic Archives Digital Humanities Internship, Romantic Circles Internship, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) Internship, Writing Center Internship, Undergraduate Teaching Assistants in Writing Programs Internship, and Pre-Professional Writing Skills Internship. Students must have completed their Professional Writing requirement and have a 2.5 overall GPA to be eligible for English Department internship credit. For more information, please make an appointment with our Internship Advisor by calling (301) 405-3825.
The English Honors Program offers lively and challenging seminars, the opportunity to do a long-term project in an area of special interest, and the sort of intellectual and literary community that you might find at a small liberal arts college. Students work closely with faculty members and peers in seminars and on a senior project. Interested students should ask for detailed information from an English Department advisor as early as possible in their college careers.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu.
Awards and Recognition
Academic Excellence in English