About The Program

Students enrolled in this program can choose to concentrate in one of three areas: Literature, Creative Writing, and Writing and Rhetoric.

  • In Literature, students will study a wide variety of texts and learn how to analyze them in meaningful ways through different literary approaches that consider culture, history, and identity.
  • In Creative Writing, students will explore how to write short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction while reading diverse writers of these genres and studying their creative processes.
  • In Rhetoric and Writing, students will explore elements of the writing process and learn how to craft arguments visually, performatively, and professionally.

Graduates often go into teaching, creative writing, technical writing and editing, law, the dramatic and visual arts, advertising/marketing, and other academic and professional disciplines. This specialization provides a firm foundation that prepares students for the rigors of textual analysis needed in many fields and upper-division coursework in English.

Program Degrees and Certificates

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Alexandria Campus
Shonette Grant

Annandale Campus
Jay Steere

Loudoun Campus
Lisa Stelle

Manassas Campus
Christine Kervina

Woodbridge Campus
Stephanie Harm