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Department of English & Visual Art


About the Department

Every employer, from Snapchat to UnderArmour, from PBS to the Equal Justice Initiative, needs writers. They need creative, competent individuals who understand the power of narratives, who can do in-depth research, and who can present ideas with conviction and clarity. An English degree provides you with these invaluable competencies that allow businesses and organizations to connect to the public. It will prepare you for success in a diverse range of professional fields. As you might suspect, many of our graduates work as teachers, editors, film producers, and writers. But the employers of other alums might surprise you, for example, Virginia State Parks, Missile Defense Agency, and Bank of America.

The mission of the Visual Art program is to provide a breadth of making experiences, creative and process-based, supported within the framework of a liberal arts curriculum. The visual, technical, and conceptual experiences gained in our program promote critical thinking and effective communication through the processes of aesthetic expression. The interdisciplinary nature of a liberal arts college enables students studying visual art to combine diverse interests to meet their artistic and professional goals. The art program is therefore designed for students wishing to pursue an interdisciplinary approach to their creative interests through the media and artistic practice we teach, combined with the tools of various liberal arts disciplines.




Experiences & Opportunities

At Westminster, learning isn’t limited to the classroom. In each of our 50+ majors and pre-professional programs, your education will be enhanced by the purposeful combination of expert classroom instruction and hands-on learning opportunities. Internships, undergraduate research and studying abroad are just a few of the real experiences our students get that lead to real success after graduation.

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Faculty & Academic Staff

Teachers, researchers, experts, mentors...our faculty members are all these things and more to their students. They trained at universities around the globe, but they chose to teach and conduct research at Westminster because of the focus on student development and success. Their dedication to mentoring and teaching is evident in our students’ success when it comes to graduation rates, post-graduation employment and graduate and professional school acceptance.

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