• Oxford Summer Seminar

    Now in its 52nd year, the Oxford Summer Seminar is still accepting applications for Summer 2018.  The 6-week program runs from June 30 - August 10 and offers classes in literature, art, history, political science, communication, and psychology.  To learn more about the program and apply, visit:

  • Statement on Sexual Harassment

    Recent, high-profile occurrences of sexual harassment and assault have empowered survivors of such offenses to come forward and share their stories. In light of this, the faculty of the English Department want to reaffirm that sexual harassment, always a misuse of power, is a morally and ethically reprehensible violation of acceptable standards of conduct.

  • English Department Faculty Books

    Our faculty are a thriving community of writers and editors whose work includes scholarship in the study of English, American and Anglophone literature, rhetoric and composition, as well as fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

  • Ocean Vuong's "Night Sky With Exit Wounds" wins the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry

    Poet Ocean Vuong of the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the winner of the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize for his debut collection “Night Sky with Exit Wounds,” which addresses themes of migration, America and Vietnam, his country of birth.

  • Why English?

    Amid the diversity of our offerings is a common commitment to developing the student's ability to analyze literary and cultural texts and contexts, and to write clear, persuasive, and graceful prose. We encourage you to make language a source of your power in the world. These reading, thinking, and writing skills will enhance your capacity for persuasion, leadership, clarity, and interpersonal effectiveness in whatever career you pursue.

  • Career Paths in English

    The English major prepares students to write and speak well, to think analytically and critically, and to solve problems quickly, all of which are required and sought after in today's 21st century job market. 


Ocean Vuong's "Night Sky With Exit Wounds" wins the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry

January 18, 2018

The debut poetry collection from Ocean Vuong, assistant professor in the English department's MFA program for poets and writers, has been named a finalist for the 25th T.S. Eliot Prize, the United Kingdom's most lucrative and prestigious poetry prize.

Pulitzer Prize Winner and MacArthur Fellow Viet Thanh Nguyen Visits UMass Amherst for 2017 Troy Lecture

October 31, 2017

On November 15, acclaimed author, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner, 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, and 2017 MacArthur Fellow Viet Thanh Nguyen will deliver a talk titled “War, Fiction, and the Ethics of Memory” at the University of Massachusetts Amherst at 4:30 pm in the Student Union Ballroom. The Department of English at UMass Amherst is delighted to bring Professor Nguyen to campus for its annual Troy Lecture on the Humanities and Public Life.

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Symone Green '19

Symone Green is widely involved across campus. From participating in the Five College PoetryFest to community-based learning in HFA classes, Symone finds herself creatively and socially engaged daily. She discusses her experiences as an English major, an ESL instructor, a poet and songwriter, her involvement on the UMass campus, and her excitement for both the present and future.

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