Why study English?

In a world resounding to the continuous drumbeat of “STEM, STEM, STEM,” to study English is to strike out on one's own.

We are a community of students and faculty dedicated to the skillful reading and writing of texts in a variety of genres, both creative and expository. Classes are small and our faculty members pride themselves on the excellence of their classroom instruction and the lasting relationships they make with their students. High-quality instruction, internship opportunities, and the opportunity to tailor the major to your intellectual and professional interests are only part of the story though.

Learn more about the value of a degree in English.

News

Among four research projects receiving funding from the Transdisciplinary Environmental Research Incubator is an effort studying Black-led urban agricultural spaces. (Getty Images)

Feb. 2, 2023

Transdisciplinary Environmental Research Incubator funds four new research collaborations

“The incubator will soon become a model for future research collaborations across the university,” said Cristina Stanciu, Ph.D., director of the Humanities Research Center.

Cristina Stanciu, Ph.D., a VCU English professor and director of the Humanities Research Center, is author of the new book "The Makings and Unmakings of Americans: Indians and Immigrants in American Literature and Culture, 1879-1924."

Jan. 26, 2023

VCU professor Cristina Stanciu on her new book, ‘The Makings and Unmakings of Americans’

A cultural history of Americanization, the book draws from an archive of Indigenous and new immigrant writing and visual culture.

Anna Webster recently was named to the Future Class, which honors a group of people who represent "the bright, bold and inclusive future of video games." (Contributed photo)

Jan. 19, 2023

Years of playing video games, and professors’ encouragement, pay off for Anna Webster

VCU alum, an in-house writer at Well Told Entertainment, recently received a prestigious honor in the industry at The Game Awards.

English Spotlight

Events

Collaboration and sharing are at the core of our mission.

shelves full of books in a library

SJ Sindu and Geoff Bouvier

Date: Thursday, Mar 16, 2023

This event is part of the VCU Visiting Writers Series and is free and open to the public.