"English classes offer so much room for discussion and critical thought, and when I joined the English major, I immediately felt that. I felt like my voice was heard, and that I was more than just a number."
—Warren Charleston, UMass English 2019
Learn more about how an English major, minor, or specialization can help you reach your goals.
The English major prepares students to write well, think analytically and critically, and to solve problems quickly. These are skills that employers demand for today's 21st century job market.
Our majors can travel to England, Scotland, Ireland, France (and beyond) as part of the Oxford Summer Seminar. All while earning credit toward their degrees!
January 17, 2019
Rebecca Lorimer Leonard's book, Writing on the Move: Migrant Women and the Value of Literacy, was awarded the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Outstanding Book Award in...
January 10, 2019
Kyle Piscioniere, a doctoral student in Composition and Rhetoric, published an essay titled, "Climate Change Should Kill the Act of God" in Slate earlier this month....
"I just knew that I loved to write and wanted to keep practicing and pushing myself as a writer. ... I am pursuing a specialization in the Study and Practice of Writing (SPOW). ... The classes I’ve taken for SPOW are some of the best English classes I’ve taken, and they have definitely given me the most marketable skills."Continue reading about Tess Halpern