[ skip to content ]

Department ofEnglish


We are a large, vibrant, active community of students and faculty dedicated to offering rigorous academic programs that prepare our graduates for advanced study and a range of professions in writing, journalism, analytic fields, linguistics, and teaching. Our courses encourage both the analysis and production of texts, and our degrees have emphases in a number of English fields including: Composition and Rhetoric, Creative Writing, Journalism, Applied Language Studies (formerly Linguistics), Literature, New Media, Technical Writing, and Teaching of English.

A degree in English has never been more relevant, and at ODU, we work hard to make sure our students are learning exactly what they need in order to have successful and meaningful lives.

We invite you to take a look around our website or stop by our fifth-floor main office to learn more about our programs and offerings.


Undergraduate Concentrations


Graduate Programs & Certificates


Average Undergraduate Class Size

News & Events

Make a Gift

Support English education by selecting College of Arts in the drop down menu

Site Navigation

Presidential Inauguration

ODU commemorated the inauguration of President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., during Homecoming Weekend 2022. Relive the historic weekend.

Fall Open House

It's time to fall in love with ODU! Join us for our last Open House event of the semester on Saturday, November 19.

Commencement 2022

Visit the Commencement Office for information on event times, caps & gowns, tickets and more!