English Language and Literature
The English major has been designed to give students an overview of the history and variety of creative and rhetorical texts and media in English; to use the critical study of language, literature, and media to help students think carefully and express themselves well; and to introduce students to the debates about literature, rhetoric, media, 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 critical acumen and sympathy born of wide reading and analysis and with the skills needed to carry their convictions into action, no matter what line of work they pursue. Students who complete the major should acquire the following knowledge and skills:
- Analyze texts critically
- Write persuasively and creatively
- Conduct research in English Studies
- Communicate the importance of studying literature, media, rhetoric, and writing across time and from various perspectives
COMPARATIVE LITERATURE PROGRAM (CMLT)
Courses in Comparative Literature offer students the opportunity to engage in literary and film studies outside of a single national or linguistic range. Students with expertise in/or interest in multiple languages and cultures may take courses that help them to contextualize different literary and artistic traditions within a global rubric. Courses on Literature and Global Change, World Literature by Women, Black Diaspora, Literature of the Americas, and Film Art in a Global Society, among other courses, cultivate a sense of the transnational nature of cultural production and consumption. Knowledge of a language other than English is not required.
Chair: A. Bailey
Director: C. Walter
Professors: E. Arnold, A. Bailey, C. Caramello, K. Cartwright, M. Casey, W. Cohen, T. Coletti, M. Collier, M. Collins, N. Fraistat, M. Kirschenbaum, R. Levine, H. Norman, M. Olmert, B. Pearson, S. Plumly, S. Ray, B. Richardson, K. Robertson, L. Rosenthal, J. Rudy, M. Smith, O. Wang, M. Washington, J. Weiner, E. Wong, D. Wyatt
Associate Professors: S. Balachandran Orihuela, R. Bauer, T. Chico, L. Coleman, K. Coles, J. Enoch, O. Gaycken, M. Israel, L. Konstantinou, K. Kraus, M. Lindemann, P. Mallios, E. Mitchell, T. Moser, Z. Nunes, R. Ontiveros, G. Passannante, V. Valiavitcharska, C. Walter, S. Wible
Assistant Professors: C. Adsanatham, J. Fleming, G. Fuentes, M. Kill, S. Trudell, S. Wilder
Lecturer: E. Robinson
Professors Emeriti: J. Auchard, J. Auerbach, V. Beauchamp, A. Berlin, J. Bryer, C. Caramello, V. Carretta, R. Coogan, S. Cooper, R. Cross, J. Donawerth, J. Fahnestock, V. Flieger, D. Hamilton, G. Hamilton, E. Hammond, R. Harrison, H. Herman, N. Isaacs, R. Jellema, L. Kauffman, R. Kolker, L. Lawson, T. Leinwand, S. Leonardi, S. Logan, M. Mack, M. Marcuse, C. Peterson, W. Peterson, L. Ryan, R. Vitzthum, C. Winton
Comparative Literature Program (CMLT)
Chair: A. Bailey
Director: G. Passannante
Professors: M. Collins (English), V. Orlando (French), S. Ray (English), B. Richardson (English), O. Wang (English)
Associate Professors: L. Arsenjuk (Film), H. Baer (German), R. Bauer (English), C. Eades (French), O. Gaycken (English), S. Jelen (English and Jewish Studies), R. Long (Spanish), Z. Nunes (English), R. Ontiveros (English), E. Papazian (Russian), G. Passannante (English), K. Robertson (English), V. Valiavitcharska (English), E. Zakim (Jewish Studies)
Assistant Professors: S. Balachandran Orihuela (English), M. Resmini (Film and Italian)
Lecturer: E. Robinson (English)
Affiliate Professors: W. Cohen (English), L. Doherty (Classics), J. Hallett (Classics), R. Igel (Spanish), F. Keshavarz-Karamustafa (Arabic Studies), J. Levinson (Philosophy)
Affiliate Associate Professors: F. Carpenter (Theater), A. Frisch (French), M. Mason (East Asian Studies)
Affiliate Assistant Professors: V. Anishchenkova (Arabic Studies), F. Barrenechea (Classics), A. Schonebaum (Chinese)
Professors Emeriti: A. Berlin, J. Donawerth, R. Harrison, L. Kauffman, C. Peterson
Academic advising for English majors, English/Secondary Education double majors, Creative Writing minors, Professional Writing minors, and Rhetoric minors is available throughout the year in 1128 Tawes Hall. Departmental academic advising is mandatory for all English majors and English/Secondary Education double majors each semester. Students should check Testudo for their registration date and schedule an advising appointment for at least one week in advance of that date. Advising appointments can be made by calling 301-405-3825 or by visiting the English Undergraduate Studies Office in 1128 Tawes Hall. For information, visit: www.english.umd.edu/academics/undergraduate/advising.
To review the academic plans for the English major and English/Secondary Education double major, go to http://www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/advising/academicplans
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 Internship, and Pre-Professional Writing Skills Internship. For more information, visit: www.english.umd.edu/academics/undergraduate/internships.
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 details from an English Department advisor as early as possible in their college careers. For information, visit: www.english.umd.edu/academics/undergraduate/honors.
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.
THE WRITING CENTER
The Writing Center, 1205 Tawes Hall, 301-405-3785, provides free tutoring 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. For information, visit: www.english.umd.edu/academics/writingcenter.
Awards and Recognition
Academic Excellence in English
The English Department Academic Excellence Awards are presented each term to students graduating in English with the most outstanding academic records in their major coursework. Winners receive a certificate and a signed book from the department.
Henrietta Spiegel Creative Writing Award
This award is bestowed each spring to honor undergraduate work in creative writing judged by the Creative Writing faculty to be the most outstanding. It is named for the oldest person ever to complete an undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland (B.A. in English, 1989, at age 92).
Joseph W. Houppert Memorial Prize
This prize, named for a distinguished member of the department who served from 1963 until his death in 1979, is awarded each spring to the undergraduate who has written the best essay on Shakespeare during the academic year.
Joyce Tayloe Horrell Award
This award, in memory of a master teacher in the English Department from 1960 to 1967, is conferred annually on the English major who has demonstrated the highest academic achievement among the graduating class.
Sandy Mack Award for Outstanding Work in English Honors
This prize, which is given each spring to the student with the most outstanding overall record in English Honors, is named for the faculty member who developed the English Honors Program and guided it for many years.
Sara Ann Soper Undergraduate Service Award
This award honors a graduating senior who has volunteered time, energy, and commitment to community service. It memorializes the mother of a 1989 English graduate, Shannon Altman, who endowed it.