The Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication is comprised of several different disciplines. What these disciplines share is an absorption with language, whether written or spoken, on Tumblr or in No. 2 pencil, in practice or in theory: its underlying structures, its genres, its beauty, its cognitive production, its history, its effectiveness, its role in our democracy, public discourse, and subcultures, its relationship to new technologies, and more. While the department has no specific ideology, it is devoted to rigorous thought, mastery of detail, and intellectual honesty.
Students in ELC may major in English, with the options of concentrating in literature or creative writing, or in Communication and Digital Studies. They may also complete special majors in Linguistics or Journalism. Linguistics and Digital Studies also offer minor courses of study.
A number of activities, such as Thursday Poems, readings and lectures by visiting writers and scholars, and social events bring professors and students together informally. The department also sponsors the Kemp Symposium each spring, an academic
showcase at which our students’ excellent research, projects, and writing are presented to the community in a series of panels. The department hosts chapters of Sigma Tau Delta, a national literature honor society, and Lambda Pi Eta, a national communication honor society, to which qualified students are invited to apply.
The Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication is committed to:
- supporting the UMW Statement of Institutional Values on Diversity and Inclusion;
- establishing a culture and membership in the department that reflect more closely the diversity of the world;
- fostering an inclusive, nondiscriminatory and accepting climate that is conducive to the well-being and retention of a population of students and faculty regardless of age, national origin, disability, religious or secular background, economic background, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender;
- pursuing the active recruitment of underrepresented faculty and students, including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans
- maintaining a departmental committee to advocate the implementation of these goals.