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Argumentation to Rhetorical Theory

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

  • 100%

    internship placement

  • 45

    full-time faculty in the Department of English

  • 20

    student limit in writing classes

A High-Quality Education

All First-Year Students are Enrolled in the Core Program Small class sizes, 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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Visit Campus

Interested in learning more about rhetoric and writing? 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

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.

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