Welcome to the Department of English

Contact Us!

Where: 001 Johnson Chapel

When: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: (413) 542-2231

Fax: (413) 542-2141

E-mail: english@amherst.edu

Campus box: #2234


Amherst College
Department of English
P.O. Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000


Amherst College
Department of English
001 Johnson Chapel
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

The Department of English is notable for the breadth of its course offerings and for the depth of its creative and scholarly investigations. Our courses cover a wide range of topics in literature, film, and culture, with an emphasis on close reading. Close reading, sustained and detailed attention to a text, is central to study in the department.  

We invite you to learn more about our faculty and their teaching and research interests.  Our website also provides extensive information about the major and prizes and awards offered by the department. You are also welcome to read more about our unique history, to peruse a catalog of departmental courses offered other semesters, and learn more about the learning goals we set forth for our majors.

Current majors: Find out about requirements, deadlines, and other information here.

Prospective majors: Learn more about  getting started in the department.

Questions regarding the department and its policies should be directed to Prof. Geoffrey Sanborn, who is the Department Chair for AY 2015-2016. Questions regarding courses and the major should be directed to Prof. Rhonda Cobham-Sander, the Director of Studies.

Looking for information about courses, majoring, or registration? Visit Information for Students.


Front door of Johnson Chapel