About The Program
English classes at The Valley are places where stories come alive. Whether reading fiction or poetry, writing and editing journalistic copy, or creating stories for the stage, screen, or page, English majors have the opportunity to interact with and create their own narratives.
Students choose a pathway of study in literature, communications, creative writing, theater, or secondary education, but the basis for all pathways is the study of literature: imaginative, complex, and challenging texts in a variety of genres. Our goal is to teach students to write, speak, and think more effectively.
- At The Valley, the English Department empowers students to actively create their own academic and career pathways, to articulate their own life-stories, and to imagine their own brilliant futures.
- Taking pride in their close relationships with students, our distinguished faculty guide English majors through engaging classes, collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects, student-teaching, interactive theater work, creative writing projects, and career-building internships.
- English majors take advantage of opportunities to write and publish for the school newspaper, La Vie Collegienne, and our literary magazine, Green Blotter. They also perform various roles with LVC’s Wig and Buckle Theater Company, including a student who last year had a solo musical theater recital in Leedy Theater.
- The LVC-based and founded Valley Humanities Review, an international online journal, gives English majors professional experience in the publishing industry. Student work can also be accepted for inclusion and several LVC students have served as editors.
Throughout my time at LVC, I took a variety of courses that spanned all aspects of theater. I studied dramaturgy and directed independently, and acted as a teaching assistant for the English Department’s Theater Production course, where I designed and built the set for “Picasso at the Lapin Agile."