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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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10 M.F.A. Programs for the Budget-Conscious

10 M.F.A. Programs for the Budget-Conscious

UNH's M.F.A. in Writing a top 10 featured program in Electric Literature...

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Education Research

Education Research

Three COLA faculty win competitive Spencer Foundation grants...

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Character Counts

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  • Writing M.F.A. (Fiction)
    Why did you choose UNH? They said yes. The M.F.A. program is one of the best, and I wanted to study under respected and experienced writers. But mostly because they said yes. I've been writing and telling stories since I was a child (though my mother called it lying). I've always wanted to become a...
    Writing M.F.A. (Fiction)
    Why did you choose UNH? They said yes. The M.F.A. program is one of the best, and I wanted to study under respected and experienced writers. But mostly because they said yes. I've been writing and telling stories since I was a child (though my mother called it lying). I've always wanted to become a...
  • Writing M.F.A. | Writer
    “So be a writer.” These were the words spoken to Rose Whitmore when she was caught between an unfulfilling job and her desire to write full-time, ultimately leading to her enrollment in UNH’s MFA Writing program. A 2013 graduate, Whitmore is now making a name for herself as a writer.
    Writing M.F.A. | Writer
    “So be a writer.” These were the words spoken to Rose Whitmore when she was caught between an unfulfilling job and her desire to write full-time, ultimately leading to her enrollment in UNH’s MFA Writing program. A 2013 graduate, Whitmore is now making a name for herself as a writer.
  • English Teaching and Spanish Majors, Teaching Masters | Fulbright Teacher
    What are you currently doing for work and how did you get to this point? After graduating UNH with majors in English Teaching and Spanish, I stayed at UNH to finish my Master’s in Teaching. During this year I applied for a Fulbright fellowship to teach English in Spain which is what I will be doing...
    English Teaching and Spanish Majors, Teaching Masters | Fulbright Teacher
    What are you currently doing for work and how did you get to this point? After graduating UNH with majors in English Teaching and Spanish, I stayed at UNH to finish my Master’s in Teaching. During this year I applied for a Fulbright fellowship to teach English in Spain which is what I will be doing...
  • English Major | Retired U.S. Military General
    Following in her father’s footsteps, General Lori Robinson ‘81 came to the University of New Hampshire and developed newfound confidence and lifelong connections. Watch Video.
    English Major | Retired U.S. Military General
    Following in her father’s footsteps, General Lori Robinson ‘81 came to the University of New Hampshire and developed newfound confidence and lifelong connections. Watch Video.
  • English and Women's Studies Majors | Co-Founder & CEO, Koya Leadership Partners
    Work-life integration skills gained at UNH strengthen the capacity of Katie Bouton '96 to create a positive impact through Koya Leadership Partners. Watch video.
    English and Women's Studies Majors | Co-Founder & CEO, Koya Leadership Partners
    Work-life integration skills gained at UNH strengthen the capacity of Katie Bouton '96 to create a positive impact through Koya Leadership Partners. Watch video.

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M.F.A. Programs for the Budget Conscious
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