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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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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
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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Fine and Performing Arts 10.15.19
First-Year Arts Immersion links humanities courses to Dayton Philharmonic concert

The First-Year Arts Immersion is a distinctive part of the University of Dayton experience, linking humanities coursework to an off-campus ballet, opera or symphonic concert in partnership with the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.

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Humanities and Social Sciences 03.12.19
Words Renewed, Worlds Reimagined

The University of Dayton Department of English’s 17th annual LitFest will celebrate professor emeritus Herbert W. Martin, a nationally known poet, performer and scholarly expert on the late Dayton native Paul Laurence Dunbar — one of the first African-American poets to gain national recognition.

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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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