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

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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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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
Research 04.07.20
UD students present masculinity in film research at conference in Chicago

Most students don’t come to college thinking they’ll present research at a national conference. However, in November five University of Dayton undergraduate students presented as a panel at the Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) conference in Chicago, discussing their research for English department Chair Andy Slade’s upcoming book about masculinity in the films of Joel and Ethan Coen, Be a Man and Other Bad Advice.

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Humanities and Social Sciences 12.03.19
Humanities majors find community at Heritage

The humanities are percolating marked interest at Heritage Coffee House as the weekly, go-to, caffeinated hot spot on campus.

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Faculty 11.04.19
Literary critic explores place and belonging in Pakistan

Religious nationalism is the dominant discourse in Pakistan, which was created as a nation-state for the Muslims of British India in 1947. But when a nation’s boundaries are created by a former colonizer, how does that impact people’s sense of belonging, asks University of Dayton literary critic Shazia Rahman.

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Department of English

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

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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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