Through the English major, you can explore and become familiar with the strategies that writers use to shape conceptions of truth.
Words have power and it’s important to understand the dynamic intersection of language, literature and society, as well as the identities and communities shaped by this intersection. Innovative educators and active scholars, the English faculty will help you develop that understanding and grow a strong skillset in reading, writing, conducting research and informed criticism.
Depending on your interest, you could join English Club, the League of Extraordinary Poets or the award-winning campus arts and literary journal Lyceum. English majors’ careers include editors, writers, publishers, public relations, digital copywriting and search engine marketing.
What Will I Learn?
- Demonstrate facility at “close reading,” reading texts for denotative and connotative meaning, and the use of appropriate literary concepts and terms.
- Develop the ability to use writing to analyze, interpret and make arguments about texts.
- Develop the ability to conduct and incorporate research into writing about texts, providing appropriate documentation.
- Develop the ability to apply critical theories and methodologies to texts.
- Develop an understanding of the relationship between works of literature and the cultures in which they are embedded.
- Develop understanding of literary genres and traditions and the role of diverse voices within the traditional literary canon.
Full list of English program goals can be found on the Hub for Teaching and Learning site.
Visit the University Catalog:
Learn about degree requirements and coursework for the English major, minor, and certification for high school English teaching.
Learn which Dearborn Discovery Core requirements are fulfilled by taking English courses.
Making the Most of Your Major
There are opportunities to develop skills and connect with others interested in philosophy beyond the classroom. Check out the English Major Map to get a more detailed, year-by-year view of how you can learn, engage, network and transform your community and prepare for life after graduation.
Join the English Club, the League of Extraordinary Poets, the student newspaper - The Michigan Journal, or the award-winning campus arts and literary journal, Lyceum. Become a peer tutor in the Writing Center. Explore all UM-Dearborn student organizations on VictorsLink.
Get Real World Experience
Every English major must complete a research requirement, either by taking an upper-level English course designated “research intensive” or by conducting an Independent Study. Opportunities for students to present the results of their research are available each year at the Meeting of Minds conference.
Attend a Michigan College English Association or a Michigan Academy of Arts and Sciences conference. Talk with your professors to learn more.
Plan for Life After Graduation
English prepares students with the skills necessary in the modern workplace. Work a Humanities/History internship or CASL Co-op into your schedule to gain professional experience. Career Services offers assistance with job searching, resumes, interviews or graduate school applications.
General Program Information
Many English students take advantage of the services offered by, or work as peer tutors for, the campus’s Writing Center, the main location of which is 3035 CASL Building.
Faculty Kudos: Spring 2020
J. Caitlin Finlayson, Associate Professor of English, has published a co-edited book, Civic Performance: Pageantry and Entertainments in Early Modern London, with Routledge in the Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama series. Civic Performance is a collection of essays that examines the socio-cultural, political, economic, and aesthetic dimensions of pageantry and entertainments in sixteenth– and seventeenth-century London.
Adding to the burgeoning field of Arab American literature, Assistant Professor of English Ghassan Abou-Zeineddine is gathering creative nonfiction essays to share what it's like to live in the local Arab American community. He was recently awarded a fellowship from the Institute for the Humanities in Ann Arbor. He will spend the 2020/2021 academic year working on a short story collection set in Dearborn. Check out this short story by Dr. Abou-Zeineddine, which tracks the misadventures of a young census worker in Dearborn.
Department Contact Information
Department of Literature, Philosophy, & the Arts
3011 CASL Building