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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



Recent News

January 19, 2021

The Department of English is thrilled to announce that Associate Professor and Director of Second-Year Writing Beverly Moss is the recipient of the 2021 CCCC…

January 12, 2021

Sravya Patibandla knew autumn 2020, her final semester at The Ohio State University, would be nothing like what she’d spent the past three years looking forward to. Masks, daily temperature checks…

January 11, 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jan. 5, 2021) — Amrita Dhar, assistant professor in the Department of English, and Christopher Pincock, professor in the Department of Philosophy,…

January 8, 2021

Columbus has so much to offer that it can sometimes be difficult to decide where to go or what to do! That's why the Student Communications Team has created an English major's guide to Columbus, a…

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