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Develop your skills as a reader, a writer and a critical thinker.

We foster the understanding of language and literature from rhetorical, creative, critical, historical, comparative and global perspectives. With our diverse array of tracks, coupled with our faculty's broad range of expertise, our students can learn anything from British literature, linguistics, grant writing or creative writing.

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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.
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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
Research 04.05.21
University of Dayton faculty develop courses, digital archive to preserve Paul Laurence Dunbar’s legacy with $150K grant from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

A University of Dayton initiative to develop interdisciplinary courses and create a digital archive to help preserve the legacy of Dayton native Paul Laurence Dunbar launched its first faculty cohort, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Faculty 09.28.20
University of Dayton faculty member honored by American Jewish Press Association for Dayton Jewish Observer column

The American Jewish Press Association awarded University of Dayton lecturer Masha Kisel an honorable mention for excellence in commentary for her Dayton Jewish Observer column. Her work is inspired by her experience as a political refugee from the Soviet Union and her interactions with students.

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Students and Campus Life 08.24.20
Welcome to the University of Dayton Class of 2024

Shazia Rahman, associate professor in the Department of English, is the faculty speaker for the University of Dayton’s fall 2020 Welcome Convocation. In this video, she advises first-year students to seek out different perspectives and listen to the voices of people whose lives and experiences are different from their own.

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Department of English

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

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Writing Program

Our writing program fosters critical and creative engagement with diverse texts to promote informed and strategic participation in academic, professional, and civic life.

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