Welcome to the English Department at Bowling Green State University! One of the largest and most diverse departments on campus, the English Department offers degree paths and minors in Literature, Creative Writing, Rhetoric and Writing, and other areas. Students in English take classes with passionate and committed teachers who have dedicated themselves to the study of language and literature and the creation of original works of scholarship, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Our graduate programs complement our undergraduate programs and provide additional opportunities for professional development. There has never been a better time to develop the skills offered by the study of English. Critical thinking, creative expression, breadth of mind, an aptitude for understanding cultural differences, the capacity to perform research, and the ability to write with clarity and grace, are in demand from employers.
We hope you’ll join us and write here!
What can you do with an English degree?
According to the Wall Street Journal’s “Hunting for Soft Skills, Companies Scoop up English Majors,” English majors go on to success in many different fields including publishing, advertising, public relations, teaching, the public sector and marketing. A degree in English can also prepare you for graduate study in law, business, and other fields. Read More
Sheri Wells-Jensen on NPR’s Science Friday
Aliens have landed on Earth. Where do they come from and what do they want? Finding the answer depends on the combined skills of linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) and physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner). In a story that spans the personal to the planetary, how much does Paramount Pictures’ Arrival get right? Xenolinguist Sheri Wells-Jensen of BGSU and Doug Vakoch of METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence) International discuss. Read More
Rhetoric and Writing Hosts 21st Century Englishes Conference
The annual 21st Century Englishes Conference, hosted by graduate students from the Rhetoric and Writing Program and by the Rhetoric Society of the Black Swamp, took place on October 15, 2016 at BGSU. The event drew students from across the country for an engaging day of graduate scholarship. The theme of the conference focused on interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity connections, and presentations covered a spectrum of topics that included autoethnography, creative non-fiction, teaching and researching in the digital humanities, working with and advocating for English language learners, visual analysis, creative discourse analysis, historical analysis, and more. Read More
Winter Wheat Turns Sweet 16
Winter Wheat: The Mid-American Review Festival of Writing went back to its roots to celebrate its 16th year, welcoming back creator Karen Craigo, this time as guest reader. The November 2016 Festival hosted 350 students, faculty, alumni, and other writers from the community and beyond. Participants took part in three readings, 50 workshops on writing craft, a book fair of literary journals and presses, an open mic, and a roundtable with Mid-American Review editors. Guest readers included Craigo, BGSU faculty member Wendell Mayo, and poet and translator Philip Metres. Read More