English is an exciting discipline that challenges you to explore both literature and writing. Focus your studies on writing by choosing the writing, rhetoric & communication option. You'll learn how to:
- read and think critically
- write with style and conviction
- develop strong research and organizational skills
- communicate effectively through written and oral presentations
- utilize traditional and digital media
Our award-winning faculty members specialize in a wide and diverse range of fields such as creative nonfiction, composition and rhetoric, fiction, technical writing, and many more.
The skills you'll develop as an English major are essential in today's competitive job market and can lead to rewarding careers in communications, editing, journalism, public relations, social media, technical writing, web publishing, writing for general and specialized audiences, and many other areas. You'll also be prepared for graduate study across many disciplines, such as creative and professional writing, education, law, and library/information science.
Jacob Miller '16
Jacob Miller 16' represented UMass Dartmouth students on the UMass Board of Trustees, which acts as the main policy-making body for the UMass System.
Graduate School Placements
- Bridgewater State University
- Brown University
- Endicott College
- Harvard Kennedy School
- Holy Names University
- Southern New Hampshire University
- UMass Dartmouth
- University of Pennsylvania
- American International Group
- Boston’s Children Hospital
- Disney ABC Television Group
- Fall River Public Schools
- GateHouse Media
- Goodwill Industries International
- The Providence Journal
- Wells Fargo
- Yahoo! Sports
Develop your professional and creative writing skills, working across a spectrum of genres including fiction, creative nonfiction, journalism, public relations, technical writing, speechwriting, and web authoring.
Consider a minor in English to improve your writing, communications, and critical thinking skills: all qualities that employers value highly.
- Publish your work in Corridors, an e-journal of student essays; Dart, a pop-culture magazine; or Temper, a literary review
- Pursue internships in communications, editing, journalism, professional writing, publishing, and more
- Join the Literary Society, write for The Torch student newspaper, or DJ on WUMD 89.3FM
UMassD's undergraduate experiences include:
- Accelerated Master's programs: Earn your master's degree with only one additional year of study. Juniors and seniors are eligible to apply.
- MA in Professional Writing & Communication: Develop your professional skills in diverse areas of writing such as technical writing, web authoring, journalism, public relations, and creative writing.
- Graduate certificate in Professional Writing & Communication: Develop professional writing skills that focus on specific settings, situations, and communities.