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English Department

Mission Statement

The English Department at UMass Lowell provides a rigorous and diverse curriculum for its majors, combining solid disciplinary foundations with opportunities for research, writing, performance, community engagement, and practical experience, leading to a range of possible career pathways and graduate programs for students to pursue. The curriculum across our five concentrations encourages the development of critical thinking, reading, and writing skills that serve English majors well beyond the university. Small class sizes encourage active learning, interaction with student peers, and engagement with faculty who are renowned scholars, writers, and artists publishing and performing in a wide variety of literary and cultural traditions. 

The English Department serves the broader university community with its First Year Writing Program and its required College Writing sequence, and by offering a range of Core Curriculum and other courses that appeal to students from a variety of departments and colleges across campus.

The English Department also believes in service to and partnership with the broader community and regularly integrates scholarship, creative work, teaching, and service with community engagement.


The Department of English offers an intellectually engaging program of study that fosters skills in critical reading and analytical writing, creative thinking and effective communication. Leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree, concentrations within the major in Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism and Professional Writing, and Theatre Arts recognize students' differing interests and career paths. Our online concentration, English Studies, serves students all over the world as well as our on-campus students. These concentrations include coursework that helps to prepare students for work in a variety of fields as well as for graduate work in the professions and in the discipline.

Many courses offered by the department are appropriate for students who have selected concentrations in English, Writing, or Theatre Arts within the Bachelor of Liberal Arts program. In addition, the general minor in English and specialized minors in Creative Writing, Journalism and Professional Writing, and Theatre Arts complement degree programs in other disciplines.

For additional information, visit the Department of English website.