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Junior Year Writing

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Junior Year Writing (JYW) Program provides all undergraduate students with practice in the writing of their chosen field of study. Building on the general writing that students practice in College Writing, JYW courses foster more advanced writing and thinking within field-specific academic or professional communities. Our JYW Program finds strength in its diversity: 5,000+ undergraduates are practicing their writing in more than 80 JYW courses each year, discipline-specific instructors from over 50 departments and colleges design and teach curricula focused on writing in the major, and the Writing Program offers professional development on teaching writing. 

Undergraduate students pursuing the B.A. or B.S. must meet the JYW requirement by passing the designated JYW course in their primary major. Ideally, students take College Writing in their freshman or (sometimes) sophomore year, and Junior Year Writing in their junior or (sometimes) senior year. For more about course options, students should consult with undergraduate advisors in their major department; questions can also be addressed to your department's Junior Year Writing representative or Writing Program’s Associate Directors of the JYW Program.

At the heart of the UMass Writing Program is a commitment to not only fostering but also celebrating student writing. Each year, we invite students across campus to submit First-Year Writing and JYW assignments to the Charles Moran Best Text Award. Information about how to submit your work, deadlines, and prizes can be found on the Charles Moran Best Text Contest page

Established in 1982, the JYW Program was listed in 2003 U.S. News & World Report as one of twenty-five “Programs that Really Work” in writing in the disciplines. The JYW Program is part of the University’s Writing Program and is overseen by the University Writing Committee; see the UWC's 2016-2017 Five Year Review of the Junior Year Writing Program through the Faculty Senate Website

JYW Support Contacts 

Associate Director for Junior Year Writing: Haivan Hoang
Office: W349 South College
JYW Program/Advising 

Associate Director for Junior Year Writing: Deborah McCutchen
Office: Stockbridge Hall, Room 22B
JYW Program/Advising 

Junior Year Writing Program Coordinator 
JYW Teaching Support 

Chair of the University Writing Committee
Inquiries about the University Writing Committee

Office Manager/Bookkeeper: Heidi Terault
Office: Du Bois 1322
Phone: 413.545.0633
Bookkeeping & Administrative JYW issues