Through its teaching, research, service, and outreach missions, the Virginia Tech English Department promotes the study of language and literature in all its forms. Through this study, our goal is to give voice to our students, our communities, and the people and organizations we study—to help them be heard.
Underlying our mission is the recognition that individuals and societies create and transform themselves in and through language—that language is the primary means by which all people express themselves, make sense of the world, frame questions, deepen understanding, cultivate aesthetic awareness, solve problems, and take action. Recognizing the power of language in this way allows us to recognize the individual and collective power of people through their use of language. That is why our mission—our calling—is Giving Voice.
The Department of English offers three distinct majors:
The department also offers minors in Creative Writing, Literature and Language, Professional and Technical Writing, and Language Sciences.
The Department of English offers three graduate degrees.
The Department of English is home of the university's Composition program, where students learn writing strategies, critical thinking skills, and rhetorical approaches to communication in the classroom and beyond.
The Department of English offers a number of courses that fulfill requirements in various areas of Virginia Tech's Curriculum for Liberal Education.
Several minors offered by other departments within the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences contain an English component.
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