Writing At UMass
The UMass Amherst Writing Program pursues excellence in writing education. Our award-winning program teaches student writers to find agency, take risks, grapple with complicated ideas, and discover new ones. Our courses empower students to practice writing in a variety of media and contexts; examine the intersections of writing, language, and power; and learn the rhetorical flexibility needed for their academic, professional, and personal lives. Since 1982, we have been an independent academic unit serving the entire campus community and remain a key part of undergraduate general education here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
We carry out this mission by
- Teaching socially-situated writing curricula in our first-year College Writing and Writing, Identity, and Power courses;
- Training and mentoring teachers of writing in research-based and inclusive pedagogical practices; and
- Supporting writers and teachers of writing across campus through the UMass Amherst Writing Center and the Junior Year Writing Program.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst requires two writing courses of all undergraduates: College Writing, which is an introductory course to general academic writing, and Junior Year Writing, which is an advanced course in the student’s major, focused on the writing of that field and taught by faculty in that discipline.
First Year Writing
Writing, Power, and Identity (ENGLWRIT 111)
Writing, Power, and Identity is an intensive reading and writing course designed for students who need additional preparation before taking College Writing.
College Writing (ENGLWRIT 112)
All undergraduates must complete or exempt from College Writing, a rhetorically oriented, process-based expository writing course, as part of their bachelor’s degree program.
Junior Year Writing
Junior Year Writing is an advanced, discipline-specific writing course for all undergraduates. Students study the writing particular to their areas of study in classes such as “Writing in Chemistry” or “Sport Management Communication,” gaining fluency in the writing they will use in further study and in the workplace.