BA in English (Undergraduate Program)

The Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University offers a major that leads to the Bachelor of Arts in the College of Humanities and Sciences. In addition, the department offers minors in English, Creative Writing, Professional Writing and Editing, British Studies, and American Studies. 

Our curriculum in English seeks to help students develop their skills in writing, critical thinking, and literary analysis, gain an appreciation for and practical knowledge of the modes of literary expressions, prepare for advanced work in English language and literature and for professional employment. 

We help students grow as writers, readers, and people with the skills and experiences that employers seek. A recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers lists written communication skills as the single most desirable attribute employers seek. 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. These “soft skills” are all part of the experience our courses and co-curricular activities work to instill.

We also offer a wide array of courses!  The Department has coursework in traditional subjects—Shakespeare, for example—as well as the newest areas for study and also offer classes focused on Multiethnic Literature, Queer Literature, Women Writers, African American literature, and Prison Literature. You can also take courses on Fiction into Film, Fan Fiction, Popular Culture, or Digital Rhetoric, and so much more. VCU English coursework is designed to allow you to take a deep-dive into a wide array of diverse texts and develop your communication skills. 

Our minors in creative writing and in professional writing and editing include a wide variety of writing courses that allow you to hone your skills. Whether you want to concentrate on reading, writing, or creative work (or some combination of the three), we always offer a diversity of courses to meet your needs and interests. You can also get academic credit for internships—whether working on our online literary journal, Blackbird, pursuing other internship opportunities in social media, or working with other local or online journals, publishers, or schools. 

If you have additional questions, here are some relevant contacts:

You can also email english@vcu.edu for any other general questions. 

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