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Customize your degree.

Students have the opportunity to create their own program of study. If you have a specific project in mind or want to study a combination of writing and literature, you can work closely with an adviser to plan a track toward your UD degree.

  • 100%

    internship placement

  • 50

    courses offered each semester

  • 45

    full-time faculty in the Department of English

A High-Quality Education

Designed to deepen the learning experience, Core students live together while participating in an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum.

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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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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 a student-designed program of study? 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.

A Wide Range of Career Options

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

Orpheus: The University of Dayton Literary Magazine

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

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