English is an exciting discipline that challenges you to explore both literature and writing. Pursue your interest in literature by choosing the literature and criticism option. You'll learn how to:

  • read and think critically
  • engage with literature—and the world—thoughtfully and analytically
  • identify and analyze formal literary genres and schools of literary criticism
  • communicate effectively through literary analysis, persuasive argument, critical exposition, and presentation
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Our award-winning faculty members specialize in a wide and diverse range of fields such as creative nonfiction, drama, fiction, poetry, world and British literature, and many more.

The skills you'll develop as an English major are essential in today's competitive job market and can lead to rewarding careers in communications, editing, freelance writing, grants writing, journalism, public relations, publishing, teaching, technical writing, screenwriting, and many other fields. You'll also be prepared for graduate study across many disciplines, such as creative and professional writing, education, law, and library/information science.

Aubrie Brault
Aubrie Brault '15

Aubrie Brault balanced a double major in English—Writing, Rhetoric & Communication and Literature & Criticism—with internships, community service, and a position as an Admissions Ambassador.

Graduate School Placements

  • Bridgewater State University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • UMass Dartmouth
  • St. Petersburg College
  • Holy Names University
  • Harvard Kennedy School

Career Placements

  • AE Ventures
  • American Conservatory Theatre
  • American Mathematical Society
  • Health Imperatives
  • Gradeable
  • Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Lionbridge
  • McKesson
  • NASDAQ OMX
  • The New Bedford Standard Times
  • Nokia Siemens Networks ( Germany )
  • Olympus NDT
  • SapientNitro
  • Townsquare Media
  • WCVB-TV

Develop your analytical skills as you consider literary texts, language, and the creation of meaning. Hone your ability to critically engage literature through oral, written, and web-produced assignments.

Consider a minor in English to improve your writing, communications, and critical thinking skills: all qualities that employers value highly.

  • Publish your work in Corridors, an e-journal of student essays; Dart, a pop-culture magazine; or Temper, a literary review
  • Pursue internships in communications, editing, journalism, professional writing, publishing, and more
  • Join the Literary Society, write for The Torch student newspaper, or DJ on WUMD 89.3FM
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Study Online

Online & Continuing Education at UMass Dartmouth offers a Bachelor of Arts English degree with a Literature & Criticism option.

Contact

Christopher Eisenhart

Associate Professor / Chairperson
English
Liberal Arts 340

508-910-6468
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