Major in English

In today’s information-based society, the ability to use and analyze the spoken and written word has become critically important. English courses teach the skills of critical thinking, writing, and research, as well as the historical and theoretical frameworks through which literature can be read. As such, courses in English are valuable not only to those students majoring in English but also to any student, regardless of major, who plans to enter a professional field in the 21st century.

About The Program

The Department of English offers students a range of courses in English language, writing, and literature, focusing on the development of skills in independent inquiry and analysis, and training in literary and rhetorical traditions. This program is designed to deepen students’ appreciation of language and literature, and prepare them to become astute analysts of culture and sophisticated writers.  Students may choose to major in English with a concentration in Literature, Creative Writing (Poetry or Fiction Tracks) or Professional Writing.  In addition, students can pursue a Secondary Education endorsement to teach English at the 6th through 12th grade levels.


Major: English (BA)

Chair: Mr. Gavin Pate
School: Susan S. Goode School of Arts And Humanities

Why Study at VWU?

Internships may be taken by English majors who have completed three English courses at Virginia Wesleyan. The internship must be approved by the student’s advisor and the Department Chair and must be with an organization approved by the department. In the past few years, internships have been approved for such organizations as:

  • the Space and Naval Warfare Command
  • the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce
  • the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
  • and the NATO Innovation Hub

Students who major in English develop the skills and flexibility that are increasingly necessary in today’s workplace. Studying English helps prepare students for a variety of careers in business, industry, and government, as well as for careers focused more specifically on the use of language, such as writing, publishing, journalism, law, ministry, and teaching, and for graduate study.