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Scholarship with English

Our majors utilize their classroom skills to present research at conferences like the Sigma Tau Delta Undergraduate Paper Conference.

Discover with English

Dr. Dabney Bankert's Advanced Studies Chaucer seminar examines medieval manuscript leaves in Carrier Library Special Collections. From left to right are English majors Jessica Mocha, Jo Snyder, Pip Standen, and Haley Curro.

Succeed with English

Our alumni enter the workforce prepared for a variety of challenges. They go above and beyond expectation, winning awards in their fields.

Wander with English

English prepares students to develop the critical thinking skills necessary to approach the world with an informed curiosity.



Sigma Tau Delta Fundraiser:  JMUenglish t-shirts -- Shipping now available!

Available in grey, sizes S, M, L, and XL, for $12 (plus shipping). Click here for the electronic order form. All proceeds go to support the JMU Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta and its activities, which include the literary journal The Literary Itch and the yearly Spring conference for undergraduate papers. Show everyone your love of English at JMU with these shirts, and please spread the word!

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Dr. Mark Rankin has received two National Endowment for the Humanities grants. One, a prestigious three-year Scholarly Editions and Translations grant ($335,000), will fund him and a team of scholars from other institutions to produce critical editions of the non-translation prose writings of William Tyndale (c.1495-1536), the English scholar and exile. These important works are not generally available and have not been properly edited in scholarly editions for more than 165 years. 

The second grant ($129,535) will enable Dr. Rankin to co-direct an NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers during Summer 2017. It will convene 18 June - 15 July at the Huntington Library in California, one of the world's most important rare book repositories, and will address "The Formation and Re-formation of the Book: 1450-1650." Dr. Rankin will accept applications from college faculty and advanced graduate students to participate in this program, and participants will receive a stipend funded by NEH. Further details are available here.