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Literature and Criticism

The English & Communication department offers a bachelor of arts degree and a minor in English with a concentration in literature & criticism. Pursue your interest in literature by choosing literature and criticism as a concentration in the English major or as a minor. You'll learn 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

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.

Major in English: Literature & Criticism concentration

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.

Minor in English: Literature & Criticism 

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

Course descriptions, schedules and requirements

Student success

Kamryn Kobel '24: Prepared for anything

"English is about making a connection that spans across time, space, race, and gender. I can read a manuscript written in the 1500's or a short story from last year and make a personal or societal connection to it. Literature is about understanding and being understood."

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
  • The New Bedford Standard Times
  • Nokia Siemens Networks ( Germany )
  • Olympus NDT
  • SapientNitro
  • Townsquare Media

English literature and criticism mean starting salary:

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UMassD advantages

  • 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

Expand your opportunities

Study online

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

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