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English Department

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

Upcoming Events

Date Event

Faculty Publications

Miranda - Extermination of the Joyas: Gendercide ...

Miranda, Deborah A. (English) Book, Chapter/Section, 2013 Extermination of the Joyas: Gendercide in Spanish California

Miranda - Oral History

Miranda, Deborah A. (English) Book, Chapter/Section, 2013 Oral History

Miranda - Quickening

Miranda, Deborah A. (English) Book, Chapter/Section, 2014 Quickening

Smith - A Change of Heart

Smith, Rodney T. (English) Journal Article, 2014 A Change of Heart Birmingham Poetry Review v.41

Smith - Sports News

Smith, Rodney T. (English) Journal Article, 2014 Sports News Birmingham Poetry Review v.41

News & Announcements


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 28th Writers at Studio Eleven to be Last Event

The next Writers at Studio Eleven event will be Monday, April 28, at 7 p.m. at the Studio Eleven Gallery in Lexington, and after three years of robust and enriching readings, it will be the last event...

Eric Sundquist

Friday, March 21, 2014

Eric Sundquist Will Give the Winter Shannon-Clark Lecture

Eric J. Sundquist, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities and chair, Department of English at Johns Hopkins University, will give the Shannon-Clark Lecture at Washington and Lee University o...

Sally Rosen Kindred

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Studio Eleven to Feature Poet Sally Rosen Kindred

The next Writers at Studio Eleven reading series will be science fiction and fantasy themed, featuring Sally Rosen Kindred. It will be Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Studio Eleven Gallery in Lexing...

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