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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.

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