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.


Paul Woody writes during the VCU men’s basketball team’s run to the Final Four in 2011. “Several of us went to Houston directly from the regional in San Antonio and since we’d only packed for the weekend, we needed to set up a ‘satellite’ office in a Houston laundromat,” Woody said. (Photo by Dean Hoffmeyer)

April 26, 2024

VCU alum and Richmond sportswriting veteran Paul Woody inducted into Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

Woody’s 40-year career had roots on campus and included coverage of Super Bowls and the Rams’ Final Four run in the 2011 NCAA tournament – and featured thousands of bylines.

National Endowment for the Humanities grants will help to establish a health humanities minor and support a professor’s book project. (Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

April 18, 2024

National Endowment for the Humanities awards two grants to VCU projects

One will establish a health humanities minor, while the other supports a professor’s book project on visual images of African Americans in leisure contexts from slavery through the Jim Crow era.

Nicholas Frankel, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of English, will use the support of a Guggenheim fellowship to work on a book about the career of 19th-century polymath William Morris. (Contributed photo)

April 16, 2024

VCU English professor Nicholas Frankel honored with prestigious Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship for 2024

Known for his works on Oscar Wilde, Frankel is now developing a book about Victorian designer, writer and activist William Morris.

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