Language & Literature Opportunities

Participate in Honors Programs

The Department of Language and Literature is pleased to award graduation with honors to distinguished students. To earn honors in English the student shall: 

  1. Maintain a 3.50 cumulative grade point average in courses taken on campus and courses transferred to UVA Wise;
  2. Be nominated for honors by the student’s departmental advisor and at least one other member of the department;
  3. Submit a research paper in ENG 4980-4990 (Senior Thesis I & II) that is deemed to be distinguished by at least three members of the Department of Language and Literature.

Publish in Jimson Weed

Jimson Weed is a biannual journal of the Department of Language and Literature at UVA Wise. Jimson Weed publishes poetry, prose, and original art including paintings and photography. Contact the Student Staff at

Publish in Lux

Lux: Undergraduate Scholarship at UVA Wise is a faculty-reviewed multidisciplinary journal dedicated to publishing exceptional research based scholarship by current students and recent graduates at the College at Wise. Read Lux online and find out about submission criteria.

Visit or Work for the Writing Center

The UVA Wise Writing Center is dedicated to assisting students, faculty, or staff with any writing project.  The center offers free private face-to face consultations in which students can get assistance with any writing project or presentation. Make an appointment at the Writing Center.

Study Abroad

The best study abroad programs provide a great experience and offers many different opportunities such as enhancing future job opportunities, expanding your horizons, the ability to earn credits towards your degree while experiencing a new culture, and an impressive addition to your resume. International studies at UVA Wise provides you with study abroad benefits like having amazing trips — either semester long or shorter. Contact us today to learn more about our international programs!

Attend the Medieval-Renaissance Conference

Founded in 1986 by Professors Richard H. Peake and the late Jack Mahony, both of the Department of Language and Literature, the Medieval-Renaissance Conference began as a way of promoting scholarly activity on campus and providing visibility for the College in the larger academic community.

The first conference was a success, hosting twelve speakers from mainly area colleges. Welcoming papers on all areas of medieval and renaissance studies, including literature, history, philosophy, art, and music, the conference has enjoyed steady growth and increased national presence, with speakers representing institutions across the country—and the occasional international speaker. By the late nineteen-nineties it had grown to a gathering of thirty or forty presentations per year, growth that continues the legacy of Professors Peake and Mahony and confirms the value of an academic conference at the College.

In spite of this growth, the conference remains small enough to foster a sense of academic community, generating lively discussions and feedback not always achievable at larger conferences. We also work to maintain an open, informal, and friendly setting for participants. Many younger scholars, presenting their first academic paper, find their experience with the conference encouraging and helpful to their academic growth.