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Choose your path

English offers 9+ specializations, certificates, and concentrations.

Many of our specializations and certificates are open to students from any major. In addition, English majors may also choose to concentrate their studies in Literature; Creative Writing; or Writing, Rhetoric and Literacy Studies.

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English Major Requirements

Learn about requirements for our major, minor, and concentrations within Creative Writing and Writing, Rhetoric, Literacy.

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Careers & Internships

You'll find plenty of resources—workshops, seminars, advising, and more—to help you explore your career options beyond your undergraduate time in English at UMass. 

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Get involved and make lasting connections

The English Department has many thriving clubs and specialized communities. These communities have developed, for instance, around our popular specializations, study abroad opportunities, and student-run organizations, and our literary magazine Jabberwocky.

Spotlight on a Student: Marina Goldman, Editor in Chief of Jabberwocky

The more time goes by, though, the more items I’m adding to my list of future jobs… Social media marketing, publication, satirical journalism, editing. My dream English degree job, which I’ll have to work my way up to, is being a novelist. So long story long, I want to do a lot with my English degree.

Marina Goldman
Marina Goldman