The English program’s study of language, literature, and writing promotes a wide range of perspectives and encourages inquiry into diverse textual, cultural, and theoretical traditions. Students develop their capacity for empathy and critical thought, and build a skill set that will serve them throughout their professional lives. Graduate students conduct research in areas ranging from colonial, post-colonial, and transnational studies to popular culture, and may specialize in American studies, composition and rhetoric, and early modern and Renaissance studies. We are also the home of a nationally ranked MFA program.

English at UMass combines the strengths of liberal arts colleges and research universities. Our smaller classes facilitate active discussion, frequent writing, and face-to-face contact with research faculty. Our diverse faculty bring widely differing viewpoints and experiences, preparing students to function effectively in a highly globalized world.

Our interdisciplinary English education provides a solid foundation for many careers and further graduate or professional study. Students may also pursue teaching certification in conjunction with the major.