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Spanning several subfields, faculty and students in English bring together a diverse range of approaches and theoretical backgrounds to the study of languages, literatures, and cultures. 

American Studies

American Studies is an interdisciplinary study of cultures in the United States. Learn more about the American Studies program.

Composition and Rhetoric

UMass Amherst is home to a nationally-known first-year writing program, a well-established Writing across the Curriculum program, and a robust graduate program in Composition and Rhetoric. Students can take courses in composition theory, rhetorical theory, writing and emerging technologies, voice in writing, research methods, and literary studies.  Learn more about Composition and Rhetoric.

Early Modern and Renaissance Studies

Each term the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies (Arthur Kinney, director), housed in the Daiken Estate at the University of Massachusetts, offers interdisciplinary courses involving the age of Shakespeare. In addition, the Center invites graduate students to participate in local and regional colloquia and international conferences held on campus, and to use the Center’s special collection of Renaissance materials (15,000 rare books and supplemental materials). Learn more about Early Modern and Renaissance Studies.

Professional Writing and Technical Communication

The English undergraduate program offers specialization in professional writing and technical communication. The program provides students practice in professional research and editing, grant writing, software and hardware documentation, report writing and business communications; it supplies hands-on training in a range of industry-standard software; and it offers an ongoing forum for the study and critique of theories and practices of information design. Learn more about Professional Writing and Technical Communication.

Faculty Specializations

African, African American, & African Diaspora Studies Marxist Literary Studies
American, Atlantic, & Hemispheric Studies Medieval Literature
American Literature Native and Indigenous Studies
Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies Nonfiction Writing
Book History and Textual Studies Poetry and Poetics
Colonial, Postcolonial, & Transnational Studies Professional Writing & Technical Communication
Composition and Rhetoric Theory and Cultural Studies
Creative Writing Renaissance Studies
Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies Visual Culture
Digital Humanities and Media Studies 18th & 19th Century British Literature
Drama and Performance Studies 20th Century and Contemporary Literature
Gender and Sexuality Studies