WELCOME TO OHIO STATE ENGLISH
"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides..." —C.S. Lewis
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.
Empathy. Imagination. Ethical self-expression. Social justice and inclusion. Cultures, past and present. Individual and global perspectives. Evidence and argumentation. The meaning(s) of style. Aesthetics across media. Books.