University of Massachusetts Department of English

English Department

Welcome to the English Department at UMass Boston! We offer a wide range of degree programs to both undergraduate and graduate students including a BA in English, BA concentrations in Creative Writing and Professional and New Media Writing, a MA degree in English, and an MFA in Creative Writing. 

Our English majors experience great success in a wide variety of careers.  Listen to Ellen Sheehan, an English major who is now a Vice President at eFront, a software company--she talks about the "confident self" she created at UMass Boston.  And, listen to Thomas O'Malley and Douglas Graham, English majors who met in a Detective Fiction class and went on to write their own acclaimed mystery novel--they talk about their faculty mentors and the "intense vigor" of the major. 

Our English programs are built on the assumption that creativity is essential to the human condition, and that we must understand the imaginative works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, film, graphic literature, and new media writing that our culture creates. In our courses, while you have fun engaging with these imaginative works, you learn essential skills of reading, writing, creativity, interpretation, and critical thinking—skills that are in high demand in all careers.