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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

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

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
  • Honors College: take advanced courses, pursue research, and be part of a community of scholars
  • Study Abroad: earn academic credits and gain a global perspective on your field
  • Undergraduate Research: faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects
  • University Studies: gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your knowledge and skills

Study online

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