Coronavirus Update: UMass Amherst has shifted to remote delivery of all instruction, having suspended in-person classes, including laboratory, studio, capstone and graduate courses, until the end of the semester. In accordance with the Governor’s emergency order, only onsite personnel should report to campus, unless contacted by a supervisor. Additional updates and resources can be found at umass.edu/coronavirus.
The Department of English is a diverse and welcoming community that allows students to pursue their passion for the liberal arts. Contemporary and classic literature, spirited discussion and debate, transnational literature and multimedia works – all of these are vital components of a program that features smaller classes, frequent writing, and individualized attention from award-winning faculty. Graduates leave with a wide range of creative, analytical, rhetorical, and writing skills that are essential to most career paths.
Students can choose from a wide-ranging selection of interdisciplinary courses, including American Studies; British and Transatlantic Literature; Colonial, Post-Colonial, and Transnational Studies; Composition and Rhetoric; Creative Writing; Medieval and Early Modern Literature; and Performance and Media Studies. Popular summer abroad programs at Oxford and Edinburgh give students the rewarding opportunity to explore English and post-colonial literature overseas.
The Graduate Studies Program at the Department of English places a high value on diversity and actively recruits and supports applicants from every background. The program provides a rich environment of scholarship and research and a strong commitment to career development and job placement, with focused areas of study in American Studies, Composition and Rhetoric, and Early Modern and Renaissance. The MFA Program is nationally ranked, and many of its alumni have gone on to success in the literary world and other arenas.