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Literary and Cultural Studies

Master Readers.

Our students study Chaucer and Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Toni Morrison, Claudia Rankine and Kendrick Lamar. Our students look to the deep meanings that great writing reveals about human life, human community and our shared, common home. Our students love to read and become master readers – they leverage that mastery in their professional lives.

  • 100%

    internship placement

  • 45

    full-time faculty in the Department of English

  • 20

    literature classes offered a semester

A High-Quality Education

  • All First-Year Students are Enrolled in the Core Program
  • Collaborations with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize
  • Bachelor’s Plus Master’s Program
  • Designed to deepen the learning experience, Core students live together while participating in an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum.

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    Dedicated to advancing peace through the power of the written word, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize stands with all those in the U.S. and around the world who are using their words and voices to call for justice and an end to oppression and systemic racism.

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    Earn both your bachelor's degree and master's degree at the University of Dayton through one streamlined program.

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    Visit Campus

    Interested in learning more about literary and cultural studies? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by calling our department at 937-229-3434. You can also choose to schedule a general campus tour and admission presentation.

    Featured Programs and Initiatives

    Engage with Influential Writers

    An opportunity for a distinguished writer to engage the University and wider Dayton community in conversation about the intersections of athletics, literature and justice.

    A Wide Range of Career Options

    The Department of English actively supports students in their professionalization with great outcomes for students with many interests.

    Sigma Tau Delta

    English majors have the opportunity to engage in various publications and special literary events. UD's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta offers scholarships, service, and national and international publishing opportunities.

    Dean's Summer Fellowship

    Work with a faculty mentor on your self-directed research project as a Dean's Summer Fellow.

    Experiential Learning

    Real-World Experience

    Through practical learning opportunities like internships and co-ops, you can build your resume, gain practical experience and prepare for a successful career.


    Department of English

    Humanities, Room 200A
    300 College Park
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1520


    of students complete a capstone course


    average class size in upper-level English courses