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English Major

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An English major or minor at R-MC explores the power of language and literature to shape experience, to convey meaning, to inform and persuade.

At the core of the English major is an encounter with one of the richest and now most diverse literary traditions in the world. 

Read, Write, Discover

With centuries of literature and the richness of language as its subjects, the English major offers a curriculum that surveys genres, major authors, literary periods, forms of writing, and the study and analysis of the English language itself.

Make It Your Own

Within the English major students have opportunities to focus on particular areas of interest. Every major participates in a senior capstone project involving intensive study of a topic or author, and qualified students may elect a junior- or senior-year independent study or a senior thesis project in British or American literature. The department offers minors in literature or writing as well, along with a concentration for certification in the teaching of secondary English.

Journalism Minor

With print and multimedia platforms proliferating, journalism represents an exciting, rapidly evolving field in the 21st century. The journalism minor at R-MC introduces you to the fundamental philosophies, principles and practices of professional journalism that can be applied in a range of media settings.

Words at Work

English majors can train to become tutors in the Communication Center, can help staff the college newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, and may participate in writing internships. Lena Wallace '14, an English major and journalism and communication studies minor, went beyond the classroom with internships at WAVY-TV/WVBT-TV in Portsmouth, Virginia, the Petersburg Progress-Index in Petersburg, Virginia, and Richmond magazine. She now works as a news producer.

The Next Chapter

The ability to communicate effectively is one of the skills most desired by employers across all professions, and careers for English majors are as diverse and varied as the body of world literature. In addition to entering the fields of education, journalism, writing and publishing, alumni of R-MC's English department work in medicine, the law, finance, public relations, and marketing.