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Writing At UMass

The University of Massachusetts, Amherst requires two writing courses of all undergraduates: College 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.

First Year Writing

Basic Writing (ENGLWRIT 111) 

Basic Writing is an intensive reading and writing course designed for students who need additional preparation before taking College Writing.

College Writing (ENGLWRIT 112)

All undergraduates must complete or exempt from College Writing, a rhetorically oriented, process-based expository writing course, as part of their bachelor’s degree program.


Junior Year Writing

Junior Year Writing is an advanced, discipline-specific writing course for all undergraduates. Students study the writing particular to their areas of study in classes such as “Writing in Chemistry” or “Sport Management Communication,” gaining fluency in the writing they will use in further study and in the workplace.

Students must complete College Writing before they can register for a Junior Year Writing course.