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.
Oct. 31, 2023
VCU author SJ Sindu explores isolation and artistry in short story collection ‘The Goth House Experiment’
Creative writing professor, who spent more than a decade on the project, offers insight into the process and the intersection of real life and fiction.
Oct. 6, 2023
The program, launched this year in collaboration with nine departments in the College of Humanities and Sciences, will make career conversations, experiential learning and internships a more seamless part of students’ experience.
Sept. 27, 2023
In ‘Joy Rides Through the Tunnel of Grief,’ VCU author Jessica Hendry Nelson tackles loss and growth
English professor’s memoir is a series of linked essays that came together over a decade.
Tess Stalls' love for working with children and helping others inspired her to study English. Visit our 'Meet a Student' page to read more about Tess' favorite classes, favorite professors and a study abroad trip that will help her complete her studies and prepare for her future.
Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts
Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts was founded in 2001 by the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and New Virginia Review, Inc. The nationally recognized open-access journal features work by new and established writers and provides internship opportunities for students at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
British Virginia is a VCU-hosted series of scholarly editions of documents touching on the colony. These texts range from the 16th and 17th-century literature of English exploration to the 19th-century writing of loyalists and other Virginians who continued to identify with Great Britain. Editions appear principally in digital form, freely downloadable.