In the Creative Writing Program at Ohio State, students work closely in small class settings and in private conference with publishing practitioners of the craft. Our six core creative writing faculty — along with dozens of MFA GTAs and one affiliated faculty member specializing in screenwriting and story engineering — teach upper-level undergraduates and competitively-admitted MFA students in the primary genres of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.
Undergraduates may apply to work with faculty in our creative writing concentration, completing a chapbook-length thesis before graduation, or they may opt for a minor in creative writing. Graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing work for three years on their manuscripts, with full financial support, before defending their theses in an MFA exam.
All students are encouraged to take professionalization courses: a literary editing and publishing course using Ohio State's nationally-recognized literary magazine, The Journal, as an on-site laboratory; and weekend workshops with three annual visiting writers. Recent and upcoming visitors include Nicole Sealey, Laura van den Berg, Dan Kois, Danez Smith and Aimee Nezhukumatathil. Most of our students pursue their own careers as publishing writers after graduation, and many find employment as teachers, editors and arts administrators.
To learn more about creative writing faculty and course offerings, visit the Faculty Expertise in Creative Writing webpage.
Would you like to learn how to create a video, record a podcast or build a website? Tell stories in digital environments, build interactive objects, or study large writing databases? Whether you are interested in a humanities-based approach to understanding digital media or want to develop production skills to support your career goals, the Digital Media Studies Program faculty and course offerings can meet your needs.
With support from faculty in a range of disciplines and programs like the Digital Media Project, Ohio State's Digital Media Studies Program is a national leader in research on the effects and best uses of new media technologies. Our program spans all specializations of English studies — writing and rhetoric studies, disability studies, literature, literacy studies, film studies, and the digital humanities. Our curricular offerings connect faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students through cutting-edge projects that combine theory and criticism with digital audio and video production, graphic design and website design.
Additionally, digital media studies scholars bring their expertise to communities beyond the university. Students and faculty have developed new media initiatives with local schools, community literacy programs and national educational venues that make use of new tools to reach audiences online and off.
To learn more about the Disability Studies Program faculty, course offerings and affiliated groups, visit its Faculty Expertise page.
The Ohio State University Disability Studies Program, established in 1997, emphasizes interdisciplinary and intersectional work in disability studies. We treat disability as a political, cultural and social process, placing as much importance on structures, relations and representations as on individual bodies. We value collaborative research and learning, and each year, we are visited by distinguished scholars and activists. Recent visitors sponsored by the Disability Studies Program include Liat Ben-Moshe, Diana Louis, Jay Dolmage, Aimi Hamraie, Mimi Khúc, Ann Fox, Sami Schalk, Jina Kim and Michael Montoya.
Our program features an engaged group of faculty, caring advisors, and passionate students. We regularly collaborate with student groups including the Disability Studies Graduate Student Association, Graduate Association for Mental Health Action and Advocacy, DISCO Graduate Caucus and Abilities: An Alliance of People With and Without Disabilities.
The Disability Studies Program offers an undergraduate minor in disability studies and a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in disability studies.
To learn more about disability studies faculty, undergraduate and graduate course offerings, student organizations, independent studies and more, visit the Faculty Expertise in Disability Studies webpage.
Lord Denney’s Players, the English department’s theatre company, was founded in 2014 to give Ohio State undergraduates, graduate students, staff and faculty in all fields of study an opportunity to engage in experiential learning and research in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Our work uses theatre as a lab space to explore knotty issues of textual transmission and literary history that have long-vexed scholars, and because of this focus, our productions are internationally indexed and peer reviewed in top-tier journals.
The Popular Culture Studies Minor is intended for students interested in developing an interdisciplinary approach to the study of popular culture. The goal of the interdisciplinary minor in popular culture studies is to provide tools for undergraduates to build bridges between the popular, public and material cultures of their daily lives and the cultures that are the traditional objects of study of the university.
The minor in popular culture studies will connect the complementing individual department resources, providing interested students with a unique program for the study historical and global popular culture, and offering a wide array of research tools, theoretical frameworks, methodologies and intellectual foundations with which to approach this dynamic field of study.
Visit the popular culture studies minor website for information about the minor, minor courses and about popular culture studies events on campus.
Project Narrative is a cluster of faculty, visiting scholars and graduate students who work on narrative and narrative theory. With ten core faculty and over forty affiliated faculty from across the humanities and social sciences at Ohio State, PN offers an extensive community of narrative scholars unparalleled anywhere else in the United States.
Project Narrative sponsors lectures, colloquia and conferences at Ohio State, bringing specialists from all over the world to discuss developments in narrative theory. Every year PN hosts visiting scholars as well as the Project Narrative Summer Institute, a professional development opportunity for faculty and advanced graduate students wanting to explore the usefulness of narrative theory in their teaching and research.
The PN core faculty offer courses on narrative in the English department at graduate and undergraduate levels. They serve as advisors to graduate students working on many periods and genres, including digital media, the novel, nonfictional narrative, film and TVm and comics. Core faculty specialize in approaches including formalist narratology, cognitive and mind-centered narrative theory, neuroscientific studies of narrative, ethnographic narrative, visual narrative, feminist and queer narrative theory, ethnic and post-colonial studies of narrative and rhetorical narrative theory.
Visit the Project Narrative webpage.
Vice Chair for Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy, Jonathan Buehl
Ohio State's Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy Program has a proud history as a national leader in scholarship and teaching on cultural theories and practices of reading, writing, composing, communicating and consuming and producing media. Students interested in RCL and its intersections with medicine, science, queer studies, feminist studies, human rights studies, disability studies, critical race studies and posthuman studies will find many opportunities to participate in reading groups, graduate workshops, symposia and lecture series in these areas.
Rhetoric scholars at Ohio State ask how discourse works, and students in rhetoric enjoy a wide range of options for the study of rhetorical culture as shaped by class, race, gender, sexuality, disability, religion and local context. We take up historical investigations into rhetorical practices; theoretical exploration of rhetorical situations, functions, norms and boundaries; and critical analysis of rhetorical strategies and choices within and across texts. All these modes of inquiry help us to understand how discourse works as an interaction as well as a technology of cultural production. Students interested in rhetoric and gaming have the opportunity to participate in the recently formed Rhetoric, Politics and Gaming (RPG): A series of lectures, discussions and workshops centered around video games and gaming culture.
Composition faculty and graduate students engage a wide range of critical, historical and pedagogical issues in their research including historical and archival inquiry into the teaching of writing; writing program administration; case study investigations of undergraduate writers; business, professional, and technical writing; writing center theory and practice; online pedagogies; and theoretical studies of writing in higher education contexts. Compositionists at Ohio State also engage in and study community writing practices, like the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives and the Literacy Narratives of Black Columbus project, that inform their research and teaching. Graduate students interested in online writing pedagogy have the opportunity to teach and research fully online sections of first-year writing or online-hybrid sections of second-year writing. These online sections make extensive use of Writers Exchange, an online peer review platform built, developed and maintained by Ohio State faculty, graduate students and staff.
Literacy studies’ primary concern lies in the study and understanding of reading and writing in their inseparable interrelationships. By 'reading,' we refer to the ways in which we establish comprehension and make meaning across diverse modes of communication. By 'writing,' we refer to the ways in which expression and communication take place across media, technologies and symbolic systems. We see this as central to the arts and humanities, but also to the sciences, engineering, medicine and the professions. Literacy studies at Ohio State is characterized by its focus on critical, comparative and historical approaches. From means of acquiring literacy to modes of practice and patterns of impact, we study literacy and literacies in their many social, cultural, political and economic contexts. The Ohio State program is distinguished by its direct connection with LiteracyStudies@OSU, a university-wide interdisciplinary initiative. LiteracyStudies@OSU sponsors a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization (GIS) in Literacy Studies; a number of working groups including science, health and medicine, translation; the History of the Book program; speakers series; and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar in Literacy Studies.
These areas of concentration are supported by our program’s commitment to the study and use of digital media for teaching and research purposes. The Digital Media Project offers state of the art technology and expert staff support to teachers and students. In addition to these resources, the Digital Union provides easy-to-use audio and video recording studios. Scholars and teachers interested in exploring digital literacy practices are invited to attend and teach in Digital Media and Composition, a two-week summer institute that attends to digital media studies in both theory and practice.
In addition to our academic research and productions, RCL at Ohio State is truly a scholarly community. In addition to participating in English departmental functions, our RCL faculty, staff and students also meet regularly to review and revise RCL curricula, discuss recent research and socialize casually.
To learn more about RCL faculty expertise, undergraduate and graduate programs and course offerings, visit the Faculty Expertise in Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy webpage.