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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University


Program Offerings

Academic Division: College

Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts

Academic Programs: Course Offerings:

Example Career Outcomes

  • Arts & Architecture
  • Business
  • Education
  • Fulbright Award
  • Government & Public Service
  • Graduate Study
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Peace Corps
  • Publishing
  • Real Estate
  • Teach for America

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.

Program Highlights

  • Stellar teaching faculty of creative writers and active scholars
  • 35-45 students per graduating class major in English; high level of interaction between majors and professors
  • Gateway seminar, spring term study abroad opportunities, and senior capstone experiences
  • Annual Shannon-Clark lecture and retreat for majors
  • Internship at celebrated literary magazine, Shenandoah, available
  • 11-course major makes it easy to study abroad, double-major or to complete a minor
  • Creative writing minor
  • Frequent readings sponsored by the Glasgow Endowment
  • Compatible with pre-med or health professions preparation
  • Departmental prizes and scholarships awarded annually