Working closely with dedicated faculty members, students in this department hone their ability to think and read critically, reason persuasively, and write eloquently. Through exploring a constantly evolving range of course offerings, English majors learn the methodologies and vocabularies appropriate to literary study; contemplate the forms and purposes of literary art in a variety of periods and cultures; and investigate the intersections between English and many other disciplines.
The English department also fosters a culture of curiosity and intellectual endeavor, as well as respect for a variety of cultures and intellectual approaches, through advising, internships and service learning, study abroad, and extracurricular programming. Students who pursue optional creative writing courses balance critical study with creative endeavor, learning the history and forms of literary art as apprentice practitioners.
- 35-50 students per graduating class major in English or minor in Creative Writing
- Gateway seminar, spring term study abroad opportunities, and senior capstone experiences
- Internship opportunities at celebrated literary magazine, Shenandoah
- 11-course major makes it easy to study abroad, double-major or complete a minor
- Frequent readings and lectures by visiting writers and scholars
- Compatible with pre-med or health professions preparation
- Departmental prizes and scholarships awarded annually
Wheeler - Poem As Fountain/ Nauman, Duchamp
Wheeler, Lesley (English) Article, 2013 Poem As Fountain/ Nauman, Duchamp Midway Journal v.7 n.4
Wheeler - Kindling/ Modigliani, Schiele
Wheeler, Lesley (English) Article, 2013 Kindling/ Modigliani, Schiele Midway Journal v.7 n.4
Wheeler - Palimpsest/ Basquiat, Kahlo
Wheeler, Lesley (English) Article, 2013 Palimpsest/ Basquiat, Kahlo Midway Journal v.7 n.4
Wheeler - Impasto/ Pissaro, Duchamp
Wheeler, Lesley (English) Article, 2013 Impasto/ Pissaro, Duchamp Midway Journal v.7 n.4
Wheeler - Available Light/ Rothenberg, Smith, Goldin
Wheeler, Lesley (English) Article, 2013 Available Light/ Rothenberg, Smith, Goldin Midway Journal v.7 n.4
News & Announcements
W&L's Gavaler on Superheroes and Terrorism in Roanoke Times
Monday, December 02, 2013
Chris Gavaler, visiting assistant professor of English, writes about superheroes as role models for terrorists in an op-ed titled "Paul Revere: superhero or terrorist?" in the Roanoke Times on...
Confrontational Education vs. Content Delivery
Monday, November 18, 2013
Marc Conner, associate provost and James and Jo Ballengee Professor of English, writes about the limitations of online learning in an op-ed in The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Reading at W&L by Poet Nathalie Anderson on Nov. 13
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Award-winning poet and accomplished librettist Nathalie Anderson will give a reading at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 4:30 p.m. in Leyburn Library's Northen Auditorium.
English Prof Takes on Zombies
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Here's a W&L Halloween tale for you: "Zombies stumble into my class all the time." So writes Chris Gavaler, visiting assistant professor of English, in an essay published on Oct. 29 in the...
W&L's Conner Discusses Ellison's Unpublished Writings, Letters (Audio)
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
In his inaugural address for the Jo M. and James M. Ballengee 250th Anniversary Professorship, Washington and Lee's Marc Conner presents "The Identities of Ralph Ellison."
Who signs what: a guide for signature-seekers.