Hone your writing skills while deepening your appreciation of literature. Through discussion and close personal attention, you’ll develop analytical, critical reasoning, and communication skills highly sought after by employers in many fields. These skills will also provide you with an excellent foundation for graduate study.

Degree Offered: B.A.
Offered on the Augusta and Bangor campuses

Michelle Smith, 2011 Mitchell Scholar

Michelle SmithMichelle began attending UMA in the Spring of 2008.  After about a year of classes, she decided to major in English and minor in photography.  With a zeal for adventure and a passion for travel, Michelle eagerly enrolled in the Spring 2010 Latin American Literature course which included a one-week educational immersion in Guatemala.  The following spring, Michelle received an Emerging Leaders Scholarship in which she helped coordinate a similar service-learning trip, this year to Nicaragua.  Having these international opportunities visiting and volunteering at non-profit organizations, Michelle experienced firsthand the challenges that developing nations face every day, such as food insecurity, unsafe water sources, poverty, malnutrition, the after effects of war, political instability, and environmental shocks.

With these specific experiences in mind, Michelle applied for, and received, the George Mitchell Peace Scholarship to study in the International Development and Food Policy program at University College Cork in Ireland for the Fall 2011 semester.  Studying abroad in a nation that has experienced recent war, famine, and poverty further illuminated her foundation and knowledge in the area of international development.  The George Mitchell Peace Scholarship provided excellent foundational courses in development, as well as cultural immersion, contributing to a rich and exciting educational journey.

Colleen Conlon, Class of 2011

Colleen ConlonThe English program at UMA was such a good fit for me. There are plenty of interesting online course offerings, which was crucial for me, living on an island as I do. I also loved my live classes in Rockland and Augusta, and I had the chance to cap off my final semester by taking part in UMA's first English conference. I also did an internship that last semester. The Director at URock, Deb Meehan, steered me toward this opportunity, and after my internship ended, they hired me. I now work as the Publicity & Co-op Coordinator at Maine Authors Publishing in Rockland, a job directly related to my English degree, and it wouldn't have happened without UMA. The reading, writing, and rigor of the classes helped prepare me, and the personal touch of UMA's resources helped all along the way, including helping me to get a job.

Regina Anderson, BA in English 2003

Regina AndersonRegina Anderson grew up in Gardiner, Maine, and enrolled at the University of Maine at Augusta in 1998, earning her BA in English five years later. It was at UMA that Regina became interested in women's issues, including reproductive justice and health as well as issues affecting the health of our communities.

In 2004, Regina left Maine to obtain her MA in Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. While in Pittsburgh, Regina worked at the Coro Center for Civic Leadership. Coro Pittsburgh's mission is to advance ethical and effective leaders who share a commitment to civic engagement. For the last five years, Regina led a program called the Regional Internship Center, which helped connect employers in the Pittsburgh region to individuals seeking internships.

While in Pittsburgh, Regina was an active member of the community, joining several boards such as Planned Parenthood of Western PA, The Midwife Center, 91.3 WYEP Community Broadcast Center, Pittsburgh Community Television, The Young Preservationists Association and Baker Leadership. Her activities centered on engaging other members of the community to volunteer their time and donate regularly. Regina and a small group of friends started a celebration on Valentine's Day in 2007 called Love of Friends to celebrate local music, food, and to celebrate friends. The event sees over 300 people attending and the proceeds go to local nonprofits. In 2009 Regina was recognized by her peers and community as one of Pittsburgh's top 40 Under 40, and in 2010 she received the Dr. Thomas Baker Leadership award.

In late 2011, Regina moved to Washington DC where she is a Senior Program Associate for the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership and Practice department at Independent Sector. Regina joined her neighborhood Civic Association and plans volunteer regularly. Regina still considers Maine home and visits regularly. If you would like to contact Regina to discuss volunteering, event planning, and networking, please email her at reginadmanderson@gmail.com.