The purpose of the Department of English is to teach students to see their worlds with clarity and respond to them with sensitivity, through reading and writing. Students are invited to read and explore a diversity of texts created in different times and voices and then to respond to these texts variously and critically, situating them within their contexts and discerning their important aesthetic features, rhetorical elements and social functions.
Students in this department also are encouraged to express themselves in expository or imaginative works that engage thought and feeling, evince purpose clearly, marshal appropriate evidence and observe principles of rhetorical decorum.
The Department of English offers a Bachelor of Arts in English, as well as minors in American studies (in conjunction with the Department of History), British studies, English (for non-English majors), writing and creative writing, the Master of Arts in English and the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and a doctoral program leading to a Ph.D. in Media, Art, and Text. Use the program search navigation to view individual program descriptions and curricula, or visit the department’s website at www.english.vcu.edu for additional information.
Last update: 6/10/2014
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