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

Welcome to the Department of English

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.

Undergraduate Programs

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.

Graduate Programs

We offer both a master's degree program and on-line and on-site graduate certificate programs. If you are interested in a Master of Arts degree in English, you can choose from three tracks of expertise: Literary and Cultural Studies, Writing or TESOL. If you are interested in a graduate certificate, you can choose from either the Certificate for Teachers of English or the TESOL certificates. You also have the option of completing the certificate program completely online.

Get in Touch

Call us at 937-229-3434 or email at english@udayton.edu 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.

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Department of English

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1520