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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

May 11, 2021

As we celebrate graduation and the Class of 2021, we also bid a bittersweet farewell to five of our student employees. Each of these students has played a huge part in supporting our entire…

May 10, 2021

As the 2020–2021 academic year draws to a close and newly minted alumni celebrate graduation, The Ohio State University Department of English wants to express its…

May 6, 2021

The Department of English congratulates the following faculty and staff award winners on their outstanding accomplishments!

May 5, 2021

The past year has been full of twists and turns, but members of the Department of English have continued to find opportunities to create, to share their research, to support one another and to…

People Directory

Andrew Bashford
MA/PhD in English Student
Robyn  Warhol
College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of English