The English Department at the University of New Hampshire offers four majors for undergraduates: English, English Literature, English Teaching, and English/Journalism. A fifth undergraduate program is the interdepartmental Linguistics major. Through these diverse but interrelated programs of study, the English Department seeks, first, to train students in the professional study of literature in the English language. Through this pursuit, students recognize literature’s formal dynamics, gain an understanding of its influence on or response to its readership, study the history of the printed book and developing concepts of “authorship,” achieve a beginning facility in literary theory, and learn to interpret works of literature in historical, regional, national, and global contexts. In conjunction with this broad, multifaceted aim, we strive to educate students about the history and nature of English language in its spoken and written forms. As a third and equally important part of our mission, we teach students to write clearly, persuasively, and elegantly.
In all five of its undergraduate majors, the English Department provides students with the kinds of critical thinking, research, and writing skills that will serve them well in their personal and professional lives. The English Literature major is particularly useful to students preparing for graduate study in English or legal training, given its emphasis on rigorous textual analysis and structured argumentation. Our professionally-oriented undergraduate programs, the majors in English Teaching and English/Journalism, prepare students for direct entrance into the workforce in fields that are eager for well-trained teachers, writers, and researchers. Students who elect the Linguistics major engage in scientific inquiry into English and other languages and prepare for entrance into a variety of careers, including teaching, translation, information processing, and speech technology. Taken together, the English Department’s undergraduate programs embody liberal education and civic commitment.
For those students who pursue programs within other colleges on campus, but who wish to improve their writing, we offer several writing courses that focus on composition within a variety of contexts. We also offer a number of general education course that have wide appeal to those who love literature, writing, and language.
Please follow the links at the right to learn about all of the opportunities that are open to undergraduate students.