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We foster the understanding of language and literature from rhetorical, creative, critical, historical, comparative, and global perspectives.

Careers and Alumni
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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Faculty and Staff
The expertise of our faculty lends itself to a broad and varied knowledge base. We encourage and embrace student/faculty interactions that allow that knowledge to flourish and grow.
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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
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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Research 08.17.20
University of Dayton summer undergraduate student research program pivots to remote mentorship model

University of Dayton biochemistry major Juliano Aquilino was working to isolate a protein in the influenza virus, in hopes of providing new information on therapeutics and treatment for the flu, when he encountered problems with the solubility of the protein in water.

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Experiential Learning 05.05.20
Five University of Dayton students and alumni awarded Fulbright scholarships

Teaching English in South Korea through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program has special meaning for University of Dayton alumnus Will Landers ’19, who is one of five University students and recent alumni to receive 2020-21 Fulbright awards.

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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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