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.


Kevin Powers, who has published a book of poetry and three novels, enjoys “the room that fiction gives me to explore.” (Contributed photo)

Sept. 20, 2023

VCU alum Kevin Powers takes on murder mystery in new book ‘A Line in the Sand’

The National Book Award finalist, who earned an English degree in 2008, reflects on his writing journey, the legacy of war and advice for VCU writers.

A headshot of David Golumbia: 1963-2023

Sept. 19, 2023

Community mourns the passing of colleague and friend, David Golumbia

In Remembrance: David Golumbia (1963-2023)

MA News

Aug. 16, 2023

Fall 2023 Incoming MA Class

Please welcome our Fall 2023 incoming MA Class . . .

English Spotlight


Collaboration and sharing are at the core of our mission.

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2023 Levis Reading Prize

Date: Wednesday, Oct 18, 2023

Corey Van Landingham, the 2023 Levis Reading Prize winner, will read from for her poetry collection Love Letter to Who Owns the Heavens.