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Our mission is to help you excel.

The Department of English fosters critical and creative engagement with diverse texts to promote informed and strategic participation in academic, professional, and civic life.

Who We Are

The Department of English is a community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to the study of language and literature from rhetorical, creative, and critical perspectives. Our curriculum includes an undergraduate major and teacher preparation program, an undergraduate minor and writing certificate program, and a Master of Arts program with literature, writing, and teaching tracks. Our academic work is shaped by the University’s Catholic and Marianist identity and mission and by traditions and trends within English studies. By valuing the diversity of all human experience and expression, we embody and contribute to this wider University ethos and to new developments in the field.

What We Value

Reflecting the University’s commitment to social justice, the Department of English considers the roles that nation, religion, language, class, race, gender, disability, and sexuality play in texts and in lives.  In examining the shifting currents of history, ideology, and culture, our work brings the traditions of the past into dialogue with the complexities of the present.

What We Do

Through our work as scholars, teachers, and students, we strive to fulfill our mission by:

  • Gathering, creating, and sharing knowledge about literature, writing, film and other media.
  • Engaging actively with texts that represent and mediate knowledge across disciplines in the university.
  • Cultivating expertise in reading the signs of the times in our diverse world.
  • Encountering multiple social identities through literature and writing to enrich our understanding of human experience.
  • Promoting understanding of multiple textual traditions and literacies in a global context.
  • Pursuing a greater understanding of discourse and of the institutions and values that shape it.
  • Exploring the religious, ethical, political, and aesthetic commitments that have shaped cultures and texts.
  • Providing scholarly preparation and professional development for teachers of English.
  • Inspiring an appreciation for the personal and communal pleasures of reading and writing.
  • Promoting critical and creative literacies in the Dayton community and beyond.