Find Your Place in English
Welcome to the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
from Jenny Spencer, Department Chair:
The English Department is a diverse and welcoming community comprised of 48 faculty members, 6 staff members, 700 undergraduate majors, and 110 MA/Ph.D and 75 MFA candidates. We combine the strengths of a liberal arts college with a major research University: our smaller classes facilitate substantive discussion, frequent writing, active student engagement, and face-to-face contact with research faculty. Both our faculty and graduate students have been recognized as distinguished teachers, writers, and researchers.
On the Shelves:
Recent Faculty Publications
Events in Our Community
A Week of Reflection, A Day of Solidarity: Oct. 27. Participating students and faculty are devoting class time through Oct. 31 to thinking about the roots of racist hatred, the value of the human dignity undermined by racism, and the power of language to hurt and to heal.
Day of Solidarity Read-In: Nov. 4 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, the UMass Amherst English Department will lead a daylong, anti-racism read-in at the Cape Cod Lounge, in the Student Union
Interested in sharpening your writing skills in the dynamic world of social media? Would you like to impress employers with your social media toolkit? Join a workshop for undergraduate students featuring Kerry O' Grady, '06, Senior Marketing Manager at Meredith Corporation.
Friday, November 14th at 12:00 pm in Bartlett Hall. RSVP requested.
Professor of English and African American Studies at Yale University, Jacqueline Goldsby will visit UMass Amherst for the English Department's Annual Kaplan Lecture, entitled, "A Salon for the Masses: Black Reading Circles during the Chicago Renaissance."
Tuesday, November 18th at 4:30 pm in Campus Center 911-915.
The nationally renowned Visiting Writers Series at the University of Massachusetts Amherst presents emerging and established writers of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. The final speaker of fall semester is poet, Ben Lerner. See other writers in the series.
Thursday, December 4th at 8:00 pm in the Memorial Hall..
Department of English
Main Office: 170 Bartlett Hall