• English at UMass

    The UMass Amherst English Department is a diverse and welcoming community. 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.

  • Graduate Studies at the Department of English

    With a distinguished faculty of scholars and writers, a diverse and energetic cohort of graduate students, a rich array of resources in the Five College community, and an unusually strong commitment to job placement and professionalization, the Graduate Studies Program at the Department of English draws outstanding students from every state and from around the world.

  • Oxford Summer Seminar

    Started by Professor Ernest Hofer back in 1966, the Oxford Seminar is the oldest running U.S. program in Oxford. It still sends 40-50 students to live and study in Trinity College for a six week-stint that most alumni still consider one of the most memorable of their lives.

  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival

    "The course exposed me to new forms of theater, exciting shows, and the beautiful city of Edinburgh…This was a great educational opportunity, a unique experience I will not soon forget." - Colie Lemay, 2014 Edinburgh Festival Course participant

  • Summer with the English Department

    Explore exciting opportunities and classes available through the English Department this summer!

Class of 1940 Creative Writing Competition Winners

Mar 29, 2015

The English Department extends its congratulations to the winners of the 2015 "Class of 1940 Creative Writing Competitions". There work stood out among many submissions to win these prestgious awar...

A Salon for the Masses: Black Reading Circles during the Chicago Renaissance

Nov 18, 2014

On November 18, Jacqueline Goldsby gave the 14th annual Kaplan Memorial Lecture on “A Salon for the Masses: Black Reading Circles during the Chicago Renaissance.” Goldsby is professor of English an...

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English Department Awards Night

Cape Cod Lounge


Book Reading with Professor...

Amherst Books



Renaissance Center, 650 East Pleasant St. Amherst

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Peggy O‘Brien

Professor Peggy O'Brien retires this Spring.

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