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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

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Recent News

January 18, 2022

The Department of English would like to congratulate Professor Emeritus Richard Firth Green on being elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America.

December 16, 2021

The English department is delighted to announce that Andrew Bishop, Keira Hambrick and Clinton Morrison Jr. have been named Presidential Fellows for spring 2021.  

Presidential fellowships…

December 13, 2021

The Department of English congratulates Caleb Gonzalez on being awarded the 2022 K. Patricia Cross Future Leader Award in Higher Education. 

The K. Patricia…

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…

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