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Overview of Junior Year Writing
UMass Amherst's Junior Year Writing Program provides all undergraduate students here with practice in the writing of their chosen field of study. A groundbreaking program when instituted in 1982, Junior Year Writing builds on the general writing skills that students practice in College Writing (Englwrit 112), but the main focus now is the advanced writing skills of a particular academic or professional community. The program is large, diverse, and highly decentralized. There are close to 80 separate JYW courses, administered by more than 50 departments and academic units, across eight schools and colleges, and serving nearly 4,500 students a year. The Program is a part of the overall University Writing Program and is overseen by the University Writing Committee. For a PDF version of the UWC's 2007-08 Five Year Review of the Junior Year Writing Program, click here.
All UMass Amherst undergraduate students pursuing the B.A. or B.S. must meet the Junior Year Writing requirement by passing the designated JYW course in their major department. Ideally, students take College Writing (Englwrit 112) in their freshman or (sometimes) sophomore year and Junior Year Writing in their junior or (sometimes) senior year. For more information about Junior Year Writing, ask the undergraduate advisor in your major department; questions can also be addressed to your department's Junior Year Writing representative. Or contact the Writing Program office.
If your question can't be answered by your department's JYW representative, contact Deb McCutchen (College of Natural Sciences), Associate Director of Junior Year Writing. Or click here for general Writing Program contacts.
For teaching resources, including sample syllabi, assignments, and general pedagogical advice, go to our JYW instructional resources page, which includes our Sourcebook for Instructors of Junior Year Writing.