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Our Mission

The Department of English creates and teaches knowledge about literature, poetics, writing, media, language and cultures in the English-speaking world. The Department serves constituents both inside and outside the university — including interdisciplinary programs, service-learning projects and the discipline at large — and prepares students for careers inside and outside of academia. We believe that the analytical study of our sub-disciplines helps develop logical thought, awareness of the complexity of texts and of value judgments, apprehension of others’ points of view, and imagination. English studies can expand creative, communicative and cognitive capacities; can sharpen the ability to make difficult judgments; and can help us understand societies, times and cultures different from our own.

What We Care About

  • Human connection: community and communication
  • Finding meaning(s) in life
  • Making a difference in the world
  • Active, participatory learning
  • Textual production, creation and expression
  • Artifacts of language: books, media, writing, comics, talk
  • The arts of persuasion
  • The pleasures of analysis
  • The ways language structures the world and the self
  • Structural change for social justice
  • The history and future of English(es)
  • The interdependency of form and content



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Recent News

November 22, 2022

You may have heard about the new general education requirements for the incoming first-year students of 2022 and beyond at Ohio State. If you are wondering how to begin navigating this new…

November 16, 2022

The Department of English would like to congratulate Associate Professor Elissa Washuta for her essay “Drinking Story” (originally titled “How Do I Tell My Story of…

November 16, 2022

Each month, the Communications Team reaches out to members of the Department of English faculty and asks them to elaborate on a current research or creative project they are working on or have…

November 14, 2022

For the past several months, we’ve been reaching out to our alumni to find out your English story. Here are just a few of the fantastic responses we’ve received, sharing how the English major has…

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