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Welcome to the Department of English.

Our BA and MA programs in English prepare graduates to be literate, perceptive, and competent readers and writers who are informed about their literary heritage and who are responsive to our culture and its needs. Our graduates have been highly successful in pursuing advanced degrees and careers in a wide range of fields, including teaching, administration, law, and corporate communications.

Our Master of Arts program includes a new "teaching track," offered in conjunction with the School of Education and Health Services, designed to integrate graduate work in literature and writing with advanced teaching methods. Our undergraduate and graduate students also have many opportunities for study abroad, service-learning, independent research, and creative writing.

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Explore our academic programs.

English prepares graduates to be literate, perceptive, and competent readers and writers who are informed about their literary heritage and who are responsive to our culture and its needs. Accordingly, the department emphasizes training and practice in reading, analyzing, synthesizing, and writing.

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Our program recognizes the diversity of English majors by making few rigid course requirements and by having students meet with their advisers to plan individual programs of study. English majors usually figure prominently on the staffs of campus publications, especially the student newspaper (The Flyer News) and the student literary magazine (Orpheus).

Students majoring in English, and Education students with English as a teaching field, are encouraged to participate in the University of Dayton English Association, a student organization sponsored by the department. Membership in the national English honorary, Sigma Tau Delta, is also open to qualified juniors and seniors.

Undergraduate and graduate students in English and other disciplines now have the opportunity to earn a TESOL Certificate - a credential that prepares one to teach English to speakers of other language (ESOL/ESL) in the U.S. and/or abroad. The certificate program combines coursework in English and in Teacher Education, and it includes a practical teaching experience on campus.

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What can you do with a degree in English?

Surveys of college alumni show that students who graduate with a major in English go on to succeed in a wide range of fields. While many people still assume that teaching is the logical vocation for those with an interest in literary and writing studies, education is only one among many spheres of potential employment for English majors. And while a good number of our majors do become educators, a 2006 survey of UD English graduates reveals that the majority of recent graduates have found fruitful employment in other fields – including publishing, law, business, the arts, libraries, recruitment, journalism, technical writing, government, and non-profit work, among others.The critical reading, analysis, and writing skills and habits that are instilled in students of English are exactly the strengths necessary to succeed in fields like law and marketing. Since we now live in an age of near-constant technological communication, English majors are especially well equipped to navigate the demands of professional communication – and to impress their employers – in almost any field. And, as with many humanities disciplines today, an English degree prepares students to meet the practical and ethical challenges of diversity and globalism.

As most of our majors will tell you, though, they did not decide to earn an English degree primarily to find a job. Indeed, many entered UD with little idea of what they wanted to do upon graduation. They chose this path because they love to read and write. They find inspiration and direction for living and thinking in the study of literature, language, rhetoric, and composition. They want their college experience to be personally meaningful, to be academically challenging, and to be intellectually, socially, and spiritually rewarding. And, of course, some of our students simply can't get enough and choose to pursue the academic life more fully. We are proud to have helped our students gain entrance to highly competitive MA, MFA, and PhD programs.

Major in English because you love it. Use these four (or more) years to learn how to think, read, write, and engage with others thoughtfully in a true learning community. Your courses, professors, and other opportunities in the English program will help you find your way to meaningful work, study, and/or service after graduation.

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There are many creative ways to learn outside of the traditional classroom.

From conferences to symposia, poetry slams to publications, English majors can engage in several curricular and extra-curricular activities to enhance their learning experience.

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Insight through research and scholarship.

The intellectual power and creative vitality of the College of Arts and Sciences reside in our faculty. While students lie at the center of the College's attention, the work of our faculty makes possible the distinctive education in the liberal arts and sciences that our graduates attain. All of the College's achievements and aspirations spring in some way from our faculty's creativity, talent, and dedication in scholarship, teaching, and professional service.

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Get to know our faculty and staff.

The faculty and staff of the Department of English invite you to meet us and find out what we have to offer.
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Every student can be a strong writer.

The University of Dayton has a strong commitment to providing all students a liberal arts education, whether they are majors in the College of Arts and Sciences or one of the professional schools. The Department of English offers a strong foundation, as well as in-depth advanced study, in literature and writing. We support the conviction that a complete education includes study of the physical and social sciences, mathematics, languages, and all of the arts including the visual arts, literature, and writing.

ENG 200 & ENG 200H Themes

The Department of English offers a variety of course themes for English 200 and English 200H, each with a unique and engaging focus. Details >>

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Let us help you.

Please feel free to contact us for more information about our programs. We look forward to hearing from you.


Department of English
University of Dayton
Jesse Phillips Humanities Center Room 200A
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469-1520

Phone: 937-229-3434
Fax: 937-229-3563