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The University of Dayton Department of English fosters the understanding of language and literature from rhetorical, creative, critical, historical, comparative, and global perspectives. Our graduates are expert readers, writers, and critical thinkers, equipped with skills which allow them to continue to contribute to society in a variety of capacities.

With four undergraduate tracks (literary, writing, teaching, and self-designed) combined with our faculty member’s broad range of expertise, students can learn anything from British literature, linguistics, grant writing, or creative writing.

We offer both a master's degree program and on-line and on-site graduate certificate programs. We offer three tracks of expertise: Literary and Cultural Studies, Writing or TESOL. Graduate certificates are offered for the Certificate for Teachers of English and TESOL.

Get in Touch

Call us at 937-229-3434 or email at and we will be happy to set up an appointment for your visit to our department, meet our faculty members, sit in a class, or shadow a current student.

Our main office is located in the Jesse Phillips Humanities Center (shown above), Room 200A.

In the News
Fine and Performing Arts 10.15.19
First-Year Arts Immersion links humanities courses to Dayton Philharmonic concert

The First-Year Arts Immersion is a distinctive part of the University of Dayton experience, linking humanities coursework to an off-campus ballet, opera or symphonic concert in partnership with the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.

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Humanities and Social Sciences 03.12.19
Words Renewed, Worlds Reimagined

The University of Dayton Department of English’s 17th annual LitFest will celebrate professor emeritus Herbert W. Martin, a nationally known poet, performer and scholarly expert on the late Dayton native Paul Laurence Dunbar — one of the first African-American poets to gain national recognition.

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Human Rights 01.28.19
Moral Courage Project: El Paso

University of Dayton students traveled to El Paso, Texas, in May 2018 to interview and photograph human rights advocates, community leaders and faith leaders about their commitment to immigration rights work at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Department of English

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1520