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“English majors are used to getting a tough assignment, figuring it out, and getting it done” (The Small Business Bible). English majors are experts in the art and science of words; this gives you skills to expand your imaginative potential and solve real-world problems. English journalists report, write and produce innovative stories across multiple platforms. English teachers create multi-media lessons to bring literature to life in the classroom. Linguists detect the mechanisms, and the magic, that make language work. Creative writers exercise the craft of writing, reading and imagining as literary artists. Studying literature inspires different ways of living in and imagining the world; it sharpens and expands the mind, and equips you to succeed in a wide variety of careers, including law and the next new start-up, requiring expertise in critical thinking, problem solving and writing persuasively.

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An Appetite for History (salemnews.com)

An Appetite for History (salemnews.com)

Kabria Baumgartner's research on North Shore African American history highlighted...

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My Father, Out to Sea (New York Times)

My Father, Out to Sea (New York Times)

UNH English professor Jaed Coffin pens piece on fathers...

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 Winners of the 2019 staff excellence awards with President James Dean

2019 Staff Presidential Award of Excellence

2019 Staff Presidential Award of Excellence

The 2019 Staff Presidential Award of Excellence recipients were recognized by UNH President James...

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  • Theatre & English Teaching Major | Middle School Theatre Arts teacher
    What are you currently doing for work and what was the path you took to get here? I am currently in my 5th year of teaching Middle school theatre. I studied theatre and English teaching at UNH. I became passionate about verbatim, ensemble based and social justice theatre. I gained a lot from taking...
    Theatre & English Teaching Major | Middle School Theatre Arts teacher
    What are you currently doing for work and what was the path you took to get here? I am currently in my 5th year of teaching Middle school theatre. I studied theatre and English teaching at UNH. I became passionate about verbatim, ensemble based and social justice theatre. I gained a lot from taking...
  • English Literature Major and Master of Liberal Studies | Professor
    As an undergrad, I chose literature as my major. I chose it because I love literature. At the time, people didn't think too highly of literature majors. In the workplace today, our critical thinking skills are highly valued. The classes I had in the English Department and Women's Studies stand out...
    English Literature Major and Master of Liberal Studies | Professor
    As an undergrad, I chose literature as my major. I chose it because I love literature. At the time, people didn't think too highly of literature majors. In the workplace today, our critical thinking skills are highly valued. The classes I had in the English Department and Women's Studies stand out...
  • English/Journalism Major | Journalist
    My time at UNH — and perhaps most notably at...
    English/Journalism Major | Journalist
    My time at UNH — and perhaps most notably at...
  • International Affairs and Teaching Major | 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher
    While beginning my career at UNH, I was a journalism student who moonlighted as an aspiring teacher. I was good at reporting and writing, but my true dream was to work in a classroom. This was something I'd known since the age of 15, when I first began working with the Breakthrough Collaborative,...
    International Affairs and Teaching Major | 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher
    While beginning my career at UNH, I was a journalism student who moonlighted as an aspiring teacher. I was good at reporting and writing, but my true dream was to work in a classroom. This was something I'd known since the age of 15, when I first began working with the Breakthrough Collaborative,...
  • English Major | Co-President of the UNH Northern California Alumni Network
    Read more about Katharine's success using her English degree on UNH Tales.
    English Major | Co-President of the UNH Northern California Alumni Network
    Read more about Katharine's success using her English degree on UNH Tales.

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