Major Requirements

Recently the Department of English refined its major so that students could build on the solid core of requirements and develop a concentration in some specific disciplinary or interdisciplinary area of English Studies. With requirements and the nine-hour optional concentration built into the major, students can focus on writing—both creative and professional—or on literature and culture, which would include multicultural American and world literatures in English, criticism and theory, cultural studies (courses that focus on literary representations of race, gender, and ethnicity, on literature and film, popular culture, etc), and linguistics.

Find BA in English degree requirements in the VCU Bulletin.

Gretchen Comba, Director of Undergraduate Studies
R. Dale Smith, Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising


Upcoming Deadlines

Classes Begin
JANUARY 14, 2019

Add/Drop Deadline
JANUARY 20, 2019

Graduation Application Deadline
JANUARY 25, 2019

Spring Break
MARCH 3-10, 2019

Course Withdrawal Deadline
MARCH 22, 2019

Last Day of Classes
MAY 3, 2019



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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. 

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