The Department of English teaches students to see their worlds with clarity and respond to them with sensitivity, through reading, writing, and critical thinking. Students gain the knowledge and skills to participate actively and conscientiously in the twenty-first-century global culture and the professional workplace. The Department fosters the deep reading of the traditional Anglophone canon as well as the literatures of diverse cultures and under-represented voices, it cultivates an appreciation of their aesthetic features and social functions, and it studies the crafts of creative and professional writing. By engaging in multiple media, learning a wide variety of rhetorical practices, and writing and editing academic and creative texts, students gain skills in critical and creative thinking increasingly recognized as essential by employers. Students are prepared to participate in their historical and cultural moment, to speak with authority about the literatures of the past and present, and to produce substantial creative and professional communication of their own.
Students have the option to pursue minors in creative writing or professional writing and editing. Students also have the opportunity for meaningful experiential learning, whether through internships, independent studies, or pursuit of the department’s Distinguished Majors program.
A recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers lists written communication skills as the single most desirable attribute any employer seeks. Similarly, Google’s Project Oxygen revealed the seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills cultivated by humanities degrees including communicating and listening well, possessing insights into others, particularly those with different values and points of view, and being able to make connections across complex ideas. An undergraduate degree in English provides exactly those skills.
Additionally, a degree in English is good preparation for graduate study in English, as well as other areas such as, law, education, public administration, or business. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are imperative for most careers related to non-profits, education, law and business. Gain experience in fundraising and grant writing techniques. Nonprofit and educational organizations are often funded in this manner. Part-time and summer jobs, internships, and volunteer positions are critical to gaining the experience and skills that employers seek.
Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better
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|ENGL 101||Rhetoric and Research I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENGL 102 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.||UNIV 111-112||3||General education|
|ENGL 102||Rhetoric and Research II||UNIV 200||3||General education|
|ENGL||Core course in The Art and Language of Ideas (select two): ENGL - 203, ENGL - 204, ENGL - 205, ENGL - 206, ENGL - 210, ENGL - 211, ENGL - 214||ENGL||6||Major (Ancillary)|
|Fine Arts||Core course in The Language and History of the Fine Arts (select 1): ART 201, 202, 231, MUS 103, 123, THEA 201.||VCU equivalent||3||General education|
|MATH||Core courses in Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (select 1): Math 110 or 121, or Math 151, 200, 217, 251, 252||MATH||3||General education|
|Human Experience||Core courses in The Human Experience (select 2): PHIL 101, 121, 201, 202, 203, PSY 201-202, 250, 260, 291, REL 201, 209, 210, 270, SOC 201, 204, 208, 250, 253||VCU equivalent||6||General education|
|FREN or SPAN||Two Courses in Foreign Language as per Placement||FREN or SPAN||6 to 8||General education|
|U.S. & World Cultures||Select 3 (at least one must be history): ECO 201, ECO 202, GEO 101, GEO 103, GOVT 201, GOVT 202, GOVT 203, HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 192, HIST 201, HIST 202, HIST 240, REL 209, REL 210, REL 219, REL 220, REL 254||VCU equivalent||9||General education|
|Laboratory Science||Core course in the Investigation of the Natural World (select 1 with lab): BIOL 101/L, 110, 151/L, CHEM 101/L, 110/L, PHYS 101/L, 201/L, SCIE 111/L||VCU equivalent||4||General education|
|CSCI 201 or CSCI 202||Computer proficiency test or CSCI 121 or 202||VCU equivalent||0 to 3||Elective|
|Electives||No more than 2 credits of PE may be chosen||VCU equivalent||13 to 17||Elective|
|Richard Bland credits transferred to VCU||60|
|ENGL 301||Introduction to the English Major||3||Major|
|ENGL 499||Senior Seminar in English||3||Major|
|ENGL||Select one course from two of the following areas for a total of 6 credits: Linguistics, Writing or Criticism (See VCU advisor for course options)||6||Major|
|ENGL||Literature prior to 1700 (select two courses from the approved list; see VCU advisor)||6||Major|
|ENGL||Literature 1700-1945 (select two courses from the approved list; see VCU advisor)||6||Major|
|ENGL||Literature of diversity (select one course from the approved list; see VCU advisor)||3||Major|
|ENGL||Select six to nine required ENGL electives (see VCU advisor)||6 to 9||Major|
|Upper-level electives (300- or 400-level courses): consider a minor or a second major Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU.||12||Elective|
|Credits completed at VCU||60|
|Bachelor's degree total||120|