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.


Josh Galarza

March 10, 2023

First Year MFAer Lands Book Deal

Congrats goes out to first year MFAer, Joshua Galarza, whose YA novel, The Great Cool Ranch Dorito in the Sky, has been acquired by Henry Holt & Company . . . 

Black History Month at VCU will feature a wide variety of events and activities. (Getty Images)

Feb. 3, 2023

An overview of 2023 Black History Month events and activities at VCU

February’s lineup includes a wide range of opportunities for students, staff, faculty and the community.

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.

English Spotlight


Collaboration and sharing are at the core of our mission.

Blackbird journal logo: a stylized blackbird perched on the K of the word Blackbird overlaying the image of a photorealistic moon with a dark blue sky behind. The bird has a red berry in its beak the dot from the letter I in Blackbird.

Blackbird: A Celebration

Dates: Thursday, Apr 13, 2023 – Friday, Apr 14, 2023

More details on this event will be posted soon. Please check back!