The Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, attracting more than 650 undergraduate majors and 135 graduate students, offers the Bachelor of Arts degree as well as the Master of Arts in English, the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and, in cooperation with the School of Mass Communications and the School of the Arts, the Doctor of Philosophy in Media, Art, and Text. The department also offers undergraduate minors in English, British Studies, Expository Writing, Creative Writing, and American Studies. In addition, the department teaches several courses that are required by other programs across the university.
The department is composed of thirty-eight full-time faculty in all areas of English studies, a number of adjunct faculty with a broad spectrum of professional and academic experience, and thirty-seven graduate assistants in its MA, MFA and PhD programs.
The department has an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes writing, creative writing, literary studies, and cultural studies, and that offers courses cross-listed in a number of interdisciplinary programs: American Studies, African American Studies, Honors, Women's Studies, and Environmental Studies. Through the School of the Arts, the department offers general education literature courses with the VCU School of the Arts (formerly the Shaqab College of Design Arts) in Doha, Qatar.
The department is home to Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts, entering its twelfth year of publication.
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