UNIVERSITY RESPONSE TO COVID-19

James Madison University officials have been closely monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, partnering with the Virginia Department of Health and public health experts here on campus to adjust university operations at home and abroad. Our primary goal is to protect the health and safety of our faculty and staff, students and the greater Harrisonburg community. In recent weeks we have moved classes online through the spring semester, encouraged telecommuting for employees when possible and cancelled or postponed all on-campus events through May 15. This includes postponing commencement ceremonies.

This level of operational change is unprecedented in our history. We are deeply thankful to our faculty and staff who continue to work tirelessly during these challenging times to support our students and make the changes necessary to protect our community’s well-being. To our students, we are deeply sorry for these incredible disruptions in your lives, but we also know that Dukes are caring, resilient, and capable of working together to meet any challenge.

Please visit the website for further updates and to view a personal message from Dr. Alger. Please email covid19@jmu.edu with questions.

About English at JMU

The core of the study of English at James Madison University is the exploration of our world and ourselves through words. Throughout human history, talented writers, poets, playwrights, and essayists have understood and used the power of creative, well-crafted language to inspire us, to persuade us, to make us reflect and question, to draw empathy from us, to entertain and awe us, and to expand our understanding – often many of these at the same time.

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to prepare our students to be appreciative yet critical readers and creators of language, texts, and ideas, attending to the powerful link between the literary arts and the human condition. We develop in students the ability to write with clarity, creativity, and rhetorical power, and to recognize and explore the complex interaction between texts of various genres and diverse contexts of production and reception, that they may emerge with superior dexterity of reasoning, a heightened empathy, and an expanded worldview. 

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