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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



Upcoming Events

September 1, 2022
Two Dollar Radio Headquarters, 1124 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, OH. 43206
September 19, 2022
September 23, 2022
Thompson Library Multipurpose Room (rm. 165)
September 28, 2022
Gramercy Books, 2424 East Main Street, Bexley, OH 43209

Recent News

August 11, 2022

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Andreá Williams, Associate Professor of English and director of The Women’s Place (TWP), has been appointed as the interim associate vice provost…

August 10, 2022

The Department of English would like to welcome Travis Nixon as the new Assistant to the Chair of the English department. His responsibilities include “overseeing Dr. Susan Williams’ calendars,…

July 25, 2022

Standing in the yard of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the crowd roars in laughter as Claudio takes a tumble or Benedick hikes up a trellis. The groundlings still when Beatrice singles out a member…

July 21, 2022

Held in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library are a number of fascinating and important collections, some yet to be studied. One collection in particular is over 100 years old, holding secrets to…

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