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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

March 24, 2023

Molly Teller is a senior undergraduate student using their English major to augment their skill set as a production assistant for WOSU Public Media.  

Teller started their college career…

March 8, 2023

The Department of English would like to congratulate Clarissa Surek-Clark on becoming certified as a court interpreter by the Supreme Court of Ohio. She received this…

March 3, 2023

The Department of English is thrilled to welcome India McDougald as the new Fiscal Officer and PCard Manager for the English Department and Center for the Study and…

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Distinguished University Professor, Director of Medical Humanities and Director of Project Narrative
Tamara Mahadin
PhD in English Student