"There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt."
      - Erma Bombeck, University of Dayton English Alumna Class of 1949

The University of Dayton Department of English fosters the understanding of language and literature from rhetorical, creative, critical, historical, comparative, and global perspectives.

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. Our BA and MA programs in English help our graduates become successful in careers such as publishing, law, business, the arts, library and information science, recruitment, journalism, technical writing, government, and non-profit work.

With four undergraduate tracks (literary, writing, teaching, and self-designed) combined with our faculty member’s broad range of expertise, students can learn anything from British literature, linguistics, grant writing, or creative writing. Our undergraduate and graduate students also have many opportunities for study abroad, service-learning, independent research, and writing for publication.

Our Graduate Programs include Literary & Cultural Studies, Writing and Rhetoric, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Current secondary English teachers can take advantage of our graduate certificate programs.

Rhetorics, Rights, (R)evolutions

Rhetorics, Rights, (R)evolutions

The 11th Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference in October at the University of Dayton will explore the teaching, practice and activism of persuasive speech, as well as written and visual texts, amid the ongoing upheaval of American civic discourses and political debates.

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Department of English

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