About the Department
UMass Boston’s English Department is known for its accomplished faculty and excellent programs.
One of the most versatile liberal arts degrees, English enables students to pursue careers in law, publishing, broadcasting, writing, public relations, education, and many other fields.
The study of English puts students in touch with works of power, beauty, and imagination that speak across the centuries, from the Middle Ages to the day before yesterday. In discussing and writing about the ways in which language and literature explore the human condition, expose social issues, shape the emotional life, and give expression to timeless problems, hopes, and desires, students in the English classroom deepen their skills in interpretation, communication, and critical perception.
With more than 450 students currently pursuing a BA in English, it is among the University’s most popular programs. In addition to an English major and minor, the department offers undergraduate programs in Creative Writing, Professional Writing, Technical Writing, and Irish Studies.
Our graduate programs include a Master of Arts in English, which prepares graduate students planning to continue into a Ph.D. program, deepens the knowledge of high school teachers of English who are adding the M.A. to their professional credentials, and offers a rigorous graduate program in Literature, Composition, or Creative Writing to working adults.
In addition, we are the only public university in the Boston area to offer a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Our three year MFA program gives emerging poets and fiction writers an opportunity to work with writers of national and international reputation.
Our literature and creative writing faculty are widely published and active in their fields. The English Department exemplifies UMass Boston’s commitment to excellent and innovative teaching, in our commitment to our students and in our experimentation with new courses and teaching methods that enhance student learning. Our students are engaged in career preparation and community projects; opportunities for internships, study abroad, teacher certification, honors work and independent study are encouraged.
We are located on the 6th floor of Wheatley Hall.