What is English at WVU like?
Our Department offers programs for students who want to develop skills in writing, analysis and critical thinking. These are some of the most desirable skills in any number of career paths. English majors learn to analyze complex material, interpret and assess historical and cultural issues, conduct language-based research and communicate ideas of different audiences. Degrees in English are extremely flexible and pair well with many of the other majors or minors offered by the Eberly College.
Courses are available in the areas of literature, language, creative writing and professional writing and editing, allowing you to plan a course of study best suited to your interests. All students are encouraged to take courses in literature, language, writing and cultural studies with nationally recognized faculty who are researching and publishing in their field. Class sizes are small, allowing you to receive personal attention and to find a home within the greater University.
Areas of Emphasis
Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:
English majors who concentrate in creative writing study the craft of writing under the mentorship of faculty who are accomplished authors. Workshops focus on poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, and the course sequence culminates in a capstone that allows students to produce an extended body of original work. The creative writing program also hosts an active reading series and oversees the publication of Calliope, a literary journal edited and designed entirely by WVU undergraduates.
Professional Writing and Editing
Professional writers work in a variety of settings, including scientific and engineering firms, nonprofit and government organizations, colleges and universities, hospitals and clinical environments, as well as law firms. They do more, though, than simply translate complex, technical information into easy-to-read prose. Professional writers bring a variety of skills to workplace settings, from designing print and digital documents and managing large-scale writing projects to collaborating with co-workers in other professions on grants or proposals.