The English Department is a dynamic community of faculty and students committed to the study of literature and culture, the practice of writing, and the performance of theatre.

Native playwright Drew Hayden Taylor discusses humor in writing with students, from left, Samantha Craig and Stephanie Tgibides. Image by Meghan Moore

There are four ways to major in English, with concentrations in:

  • Literature
  • Theatre Arts
  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism and Professional Writing
There is also an online B.A. in English.

Meet Our Students and Alumni

Edward Morante (left) stands with Benjamin McEvoy in front of their poster at a DifferenceMaker event, talking to a student
Edward Morante '21
English

Edward Morante says his studies in education and English, and his participation in the DifferenceMaker program, are preparing him to teach children of all ages.

I want to become a teacher because I want kids to succeed and enjoy life.
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Michelle Garcia reads aloud in front of a class
Michelle Garcia '21
English, Sociology

Michelle Garcia, a rising spoken word poet, is also learning how to write poetry for the page.

Writing keeps me sane. It keeps me grounded.
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Melisa Hussain stands at a table talking with a student
Melisa Hussain '21
English

Melisa Hussain’s experience as a visibly Muslim teenager inspired her honors thesis.

I want to create that critical research we need to make our lives better – and America better.
Read More About Melisa Hussain 
UMass Lowell student Carolina Reyes talks with a professor
Carolina Reyes '22
English – Creative Writing

Inspired by a summer program, Carolina Reyes is determined to become an English teacher at Lawrence High School.

I want to help other kids like me.
Read More About Carolina Reyes 
UMass Lowell student stands in front of
Kylie Letendre '23
Education, minor in English

Kylie Letendre, who struggled in school due to ADHD, wants to help children with learning disabilities.

I really like this program because of the dual certification. Right now, I’m thinking I want to work in special education.
Read More About Kylie Letendre 
Emily Crespo sits at a table with a Jumpstart poster.
Emily Crespo '21
English & Music Composition

Emily Crespo came to UML for its affordability – and for the River Hawk Scholars Academy, now a supportive community for first-year, first-generation college students.

I learned not only that you can help others, but that they can help you on your journey, too.
Read More About Emily Crespo 
David Rosario with Prof. Maureen Stanton
David Rosario '21
English

David Rosario says his professors help him to stay focused and motivated.

The people in the community are really helpful.
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Adeja Crearer in front of video camera
Adeja Crearer '17, '18
English, minors in Political Science and Digital Media

One faculty member opened a door for Adeja Crearer, and it changed her life.

Every opportunity I got came from someone on the faculty or staff who took the time to see my potential and then took the extra step to open a door for me.
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Emmy Misail works on her comic strip
Emmy Misail '20
English – Journalism and Professional Writing

Emmy Misail won an Honors College creativity fellowship to draw comic strips under the guidance of an art professor.

Journalism and professional writing offer a really broad range of pathways to choose from.
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Roberta Rivera in his middle school classroom.
Roberto Rivera '18, '20
English, Spanish and Italian & Education

Roberto Rivera combined a B.A. in English literature and Spanish and Italian with a master’s degree in education to become an ESL teacher in the Lawrence schools.

My professors didn’t just make me an English teacher. They made me a teacher: someone who can work with children and teach them properly, whatever they need.
Read More About Roberto Rivera 
Troy Lafond seated in front of a computer
Troy Lafond '23
English

After switching from mechanical engineering to English, Troy Lafond uses his writing skills to excel with two student organizations.

I feel like I’m giving back to the campus, giving them a solid newspaper every week to keep everyone up to date on what’s going on both here and around the world.
Read More About Troy Lafond 
Taylor Carito, editor-in-chief of UMass Lowell's student newspaper The Connector, sits in The Connector office and works on a computer.
Taylor Carito '18
English

Taylor Carito signed up to work on The Connector, the student newspaper, at the beginning of freshman year. Now she’s editor-in-chief, and her involvement has shaped her college experience.

The whole campus is amazing. I like that it’s spread out, but integrated into the city, too. It forces you to get involved in the city more.
Read More About Taylor Carito 
Brigid Archibald holds up copy of The Connector
Brigid Archibald '21
English

Brigid Archibald always wanted to be a superhero. Now the editor of the student newspaper, The Connector, she sees journalists as today’s heroes.

I saw how journalism could be another form of justice.
Read More About Brigid Archibald 
Tim Murphy reading "My Big TOE."
Tim Murphy '21
English Literature

Tim Murphy says his experiences at UMass Lowell have increased his confidence along with his expertise.

School has helped me learn how to work toward any goal and accomplish it.
Read More About Tim Murphy 
  • A person in a suit and glasses works on a laptop at a table in an arena.

    English Alum Comes Full Circle with PWHL Boston

    English alum and former UML men’s soccer goalie Carter Hochman ’19 is back on campus as the social media and marketing associate for Boston's Professional Women's Hockey League team, which plays its home games at the Tsongas Center.
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  • Biology major Naomi Okeke at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios

    Grant Gives Students Paid Professional Experience at Nonprofits

    A three-year, $140,000 grant from the Theodore Edson Parker Foundation is paying up to 12 students each semester to provide support to Lowell nonprofits – and paying for staff from 60 nonprofits to take an intensive UML class on grant-writing.
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  • A person poses for a photo while standing on the corner of a basketball court in an arena.

    Meet the River Hawk Who Has March Madness Covered

    Junior English major Evan Applebaum had a courtside seat for the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament at TD Garden in Boston as a sports journalist for the Eagle-Tribune newspaper.