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Video: MFA Arts + Crafts Exhibit

MFA students present work inspired by creative nonfiction course

    MFA Exhibit

Video: MFA Arts + Crafts Exhibit

MFA students present work inspired by creative nonfiction course

    MFA Exhibit

Vaccination Research Group explores controversy

English faculty and students form interdisciplinary research group

    Vials (© Sunofi Pasteur, used under CC BY / modified)

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Nikki Giovanni celebrates Maya Angelou

Michelle Obama, Oprah, and others gather to unveil Angelou stamp

   

Nikki Giovanni next to Michelle Obama and others under Angelou stamp Eleanor W. Traylor, Nikki Giovanni, Michelle Obama, Megan J. Brennan, Oprah Winfrey and Ross Rossin stand on stage during the Maya Angelou Forever Stamp Dedication at Warner Theatre on April 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/WireImage)


A University Exemplary Department

Giving Voice

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.

Programs

Majors and Minors in English

The Department of English offers a major with three options for specialization.


The department also offers minors in Creative Writing, Literature and Language, Professional and Technical Writing, and Language Sciences.

Graduate Programs in English
Composition Program

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.

Curriculum for Liberal Education

The Department of English offers a number of courses that fulfill requirements in various areas of Virginia Tech's Curriculum for Liberal Education.

Interdisciplinary Programs with an English Component

Several minors offered by other departments within the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences contain an English component.


Images:  Still from "Exhibit: Arts + Crafts" © Virginia Tech Libraries • "Vials" © Sunofi Pasteur, used under CC BY / modified • Maya Angelou Forever Stamp Dedication © Getty Images. Photo by Leigh Vogel/WireImage (view image).

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