The Amherst English Department is notable for the breadth of its curriculum and the depth of its creative and scholarly investigations.

Through courses in literature, film, poetry, culture and creative writing, our students learn to read closely, think critically and write well. Our faculty incorporate an increasing number of perspectives and traditions into their teaching and research.

Black Lives Matter protest at Amherst College Statements of Solidarity

The Amherst College English Department stands united in our commitment to racial and social justice on campus and beyond.

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Major Explorations: English

Welcome to the English Department

We teach students how to analyze, critique, and create work in all different media and modes. We teach poetry and film, novels and television shows, drama, memoir, digital culture.

A Major Change

Capstone course presentations
Four seniors giving their presentations: (Clockwise from top left): Sophie Chung ’17, Malinda Labriola ’17, Lauren Tuiskula ’17, and Christopher Roll ’17.

The English Department ends its comp exam, and launches a dynamic student symposium instead.

For some six decades, each senior English major, in order to graduate, had to pass the department’s Comprehensive Exam. Until something better came along.

Read more about the Symposium