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Junior-Year Writing Program

In 1982, the University of Massachusetts Amherst instituted a groundbreaking two-part writing requirement for undergraduates, which included both First Year Writing, satisfied by a common introductory course in general academic writing, and Junior Year Writing, satisfied by an advanced course in the student's major, focused on the writing of that field and taught by faculty in that discipline (for a PDF version of the founding document, click here). Ever since, UMass has been a leader in the development of student writing both through the college years and across the curriculum. In 2003, U.S. News & World Report named our Junior Year Writing Program one of the 25 "Programs that Work" in writing in the disciplines. Junior Year Writing is a key part of General Education at UMass Amherst and is overseen by the University Writing Committee, which reviewed Junior Year Writing in 2007-08 (click here for report).


Expectations for Junior-Year Writing Courses
Resources for Instructors (including our Sourcebook!)

University Writing Committee
General Education at UMass Amherst
Writing Center


Other Junior Year Writing Information:

Career Services
UMass Libraries
Teaching with Technology
Teaching Grammar
Helping Students Avoid Plagiarism
Our Students' Writing
UMass Amherst Center for Teaching
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