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  • Find your place in English Studies

    Learn more about how an English major, minor, or specialization can help you reach your goals. Find your place in our community! 

  • Why major in English? Here's what our students say.

    "English classes offer so much room for discussion and critical thought, and when I joined the English major, I immediately felt that. I felt like my voice was heard, and that I was more than just a number." 

    —Warren Charleston, UMass English 2019

  • Launch your writing career!

    Tap into our network of alumni mentors for career advice. Learn how to frame your writing skills for prospective employers!

  • Attend the 2019 Troy Lecture

    On October 3rd, 2019 at 4:30PM, join us in hosting Natasha Trethewey for this year's annual Troy Lecture! Trethewey is a Pulitzer Prize-winner, two-time U.S. Poet Laureate, and alumna of the MFA for Poets and Writers here at UMass Amherst. 

News

Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina Elected to the American Antiquarian Society

December 13, 2019

Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina was elected to the American Antiquarian Society in November. The American Antiquarian Society is a national research library of American history and culture through 1876....

Florianne Jimenez, PhD Candidate, Awarded 2020 CCCCs Scholars for the Dream Travel Award

December 07, 2019

Florianne "Bo" Jimenez, PhD Candidate in the Composition and Rhetoric program, has recently been awarded a 2020 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCCs) Scholars for the Dream...

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Events

Dec
17

Dean’s Holiday Fête

Fine Arts Center Atrium
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

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Alumni Profile

Veronique Lee '11

The ability to analyze, understand, and synthesize text is important [in a job like mine]. You get this from essentially every English course you take. Good writing skills are equally important, and English courses that focus on writing (language, composition, rhetoric) equip you with the writing skills to succeed in “the real world.” 

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