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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

August 6, 2024
Gramercy Books, 2424 E Main St, Bexley, OH 43209

Recent News

In the Department of English we're fortunate to have two teams of talented students working in our main office: our Department Ambassadors and the Communications Team. The Department Ambassadors…

The Department of English is excited to announce that the Greater Columbus Arts Council has awarded Senior Lecturer Zoë Brigley a $10,000 Artist Projects…

Every year at our Awards Celebration, the Department of English recognizes the excellent work of our students, faculty and staff. (If you missed this year’s event, feel free to peruse this year’s…

The Department of English is seeking undergraduate student workers to join two teams: Front Desk/Department Ambassadors and Communications. Multiple…

People Directory

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MA/PhD in English Student
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MA/PhD in English Student
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MFA in Creative Writing Student