While we are not able to welcome you to Mary Washington’s beautiful campus in person, we welcome you to a virtual visit to the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication on this page and in our linked resources!
Learn More about ELC Studies through Our Virtual Webinars
- Interested in learning more about English and English: Creative Writing? Check out our webinar for prospective ENL students.
- Want to learn more about Communication and Digital Studies? Check out our webinar for CDS prospective students.
ELC Department Offices in Combs Hall
The English, Linguistics, and Communication Department offices are located in the four-story Combs Hall, a building named for the third president of Mary Washington College, President Morgan L. Combs. President Combs served as university president from 1929-1955.
Many ELC classrooms and faculty offices are located in Combs Hall, with the third floor housing departmental offices.
Combs Hall classrooms vary from comfortable seminar meeting rooms to larger classrooms with a couple of auditorium-size classrooms for larger classes and presentation rooms
This building overlooks the lovely green space of Jefferson Square.
Combs Hall Third Floor ELC Common Area
In addition to housing the department offices, the third floor of Combs Hall houses a central corridor that serves as a common area. The plentiful seating in this area with its variety of chairs and sofas welcomes students throughout the day to study, to relax, to collaborate, and to view announcements on the bulletin boards.
The ELC central corridor’s walls honor past and present students with awards plaques and honors projects displayed prominently.
This common area is where graduating seniors are recognized at the end of the spring semester with a reception and awards.
Combs 139 is a a large meeting room used for multiple ELC classes and special events.
With auditorium-style seating, Combs 139 serves as the meeting space for several larger classes.
It also serves as the site of afternoon readings, such as Thursday Poetry and Prose.
Special speakers also deliver presentations for such departmental series as those presenting as part of the Grellet & Dorothy C. Simpson Program in Medieval Studies. The department will also host special presentations, such as faculty-led discussions of graduate school
Students often present in the room as part of the annual William Kemp Symposium.
Combs 139 is often the meeting site for end-of-school year ceremonies, such as for the spring semester induction of Sigma Tau Delta honor society members
Hurley Convergence Center Classes
Several ELC classes meet in the Hurley Convergence Center. Classes that use a range of digital technologies and require in-person collaboration meet in HCC classrooms.
1201 William Street
The department has hosted a number of events in the university’s house located on 1201 William Street. These events include receptions for speakers and visiting writers, as well as student-oriented events, including the spring semester year-end picnic.
The faculty who teach and advise students in the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication are enthusiastic teachers excited to work with students at Mary Washington.
If you have other questions or would like more information about studying in the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, please contact Professor Gary Richards (ELC department chair).