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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

February 12, 2021

The Department of English extends its congratulations to undergraduate student David Martz, a senior English and political science major, for the publication of his short story, “You Will Learn to…

February 12, 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…

February 9, 2021

“…I think that...English majors are essential to ensuring that information is conveyed to the general public clearly and concisely. We’re a lot more than we’re made out to be in mainstream society…

February 3, 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Feb. 2, 2021) — Professor Jared Gardner, the Joseph V. Denney Designated Professor of English and the director of the Popular Culture Studies program…

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Rolando Rubalcava
PhD in English Candidate
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PhD in English Candidate
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PhD in English Candidate
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