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.


Cristina Stanciu, Ph.D., director of the Humanities Research Center at VCU, will serve a four-year term on the advisory board of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes. (File photo)

Feb. 23, 2024

Cristina Stanciu, director of VCU’s Humanities Research Center, elected to advisory board of global consortium

She will provide intellectual leadership and nurture collaboration tied to prominent issues of public concern.

Christine Haines Greenberg

Feb. 13, 2024

Meet Christine Haines Greenberg (B.S. ’09): Urban Set Bride and Hive Wedding Co.

For Black History Month, we’re shining a spotlight on Black alumni business owners. Meet the many grads of VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences that have tapped into their entrepreneurial spirit.

The couple had their engagement photos taken on VCU’s campus. (Courtesy photo)

Feb. 12, 2024

Ram romances: Fraternity fine wasn’t too high a price to pay for Brandes S.G. Ash and Terrell Matthews

Soon marking 20 years since their first ‘official’ encounter, the VCU alums mix loud and quiet to find the right volume together.

English Spotlight