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