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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

November 30, 2021

Balancing two majors, a minor and a job as an assistant to the Office of the President at The Ohio State University is all in a day’s work for…

November 15, 2021

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…

November 12, 2021

Professor Dorothy Noyes is the recipient of the Kenneth Goldstein Award for Lifetime Academic Leadership, awarded by the American Folklore Society. This award is …

November 9, 2021

Ty Williams, an undergraduate English major, was awarded a scholarship from the Aida Cannarsa Snow Endowment Fund, which will help him to pursue his passion for…

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PhD in English Candidate
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