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Rhetoric and Writing

Argumentation to Rhetorical Theory

Students dive deep into rhetoric and composition, learning about language and the context in which it is written and read.


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full-time faculty in the Department of English


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A High-Quality Education

  • All First-Year Students are Enrolled in the Core Program
  • Small Classes and Personal Attention
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • Designed to deepen the learning experience, Core students live together while participating in an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum.

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    Students engage in small writing seminars with faculty working on real-world projects.

    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.

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    Featured Programs and Initiatives

    The Roger Brown Residency in Social Justice, Writing and Sport

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

    Dean's Summer Fellowship

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


    A creative festival of literary arts that brings the UD and Dayton communities together in a celebration of diverse and accessible poetry.

    Orpheus: The University of Dayton Literary Magazine

    An expression of visual media and literature, Orpheus is published twice a year entirely by students.


    Department of English

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


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