For Prospective Students: English, Linguistics, and Communication

Thank you for your interest in UMW!

The Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication (ELC) at the University of Mary Washington offers a wide range of courses for both majors and non-majors.

Professor Warren Rochelle and a student writer.

UMW English, Linguistics, and Communication Programs

The ELC department is delighted to support an array of programs for students who wish to learn about the many different aspects of these disciplines.

UMW ELC Majors

These include multiple majors, including:

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English: Creative Writing Major Chloe Martin.

UMW ELC Minors

The department also offers a number of minors:

UMW ELC Course Offerings

Want to learn more about the courses in each of these areas? See these course descriptions in the university catalog:


Learn More about ELC Studies through Our Virtual Webinars

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Students celebrate the National Day on Writing in Combs Hall.


The University of Mary Washington

The University of Mary Washington was founded in 1908. Located in Fredericksburg (VA), it is just an hour away from Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., and Richmond. The University offers a liberal arts curriculum, Division III NCAA athletics, and over 150 student clubs. UMW offers a great combination of high quality academics, out of class events and clubs, and a great location. UMW has been ranked in 2016/2017:

  • Fiske Guide to College, 2017: “Best Buy School” (One of only two colleges in Virginia and D.C.)
  • US News & World Report 2-17: “America’s Best Colleges,” sixth in the “Top Public regional Universities-South” category
  • Forbes, 2016: “America’s Top Colleges,” 275th of 660 undergraduate institutions
  • The Princeton Review, 2017: “The Best 381 Colleges”
  • Money Magazine, 2016: 252nd among 705 schools listed as Best Colleges

More About UMW

More information about UMW that may be helpful to interested students can be found: