English Department

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!


Kyle, Marty, Cindy, Samantha and Tyler in the front.

MA Student Cindy Malone on Teaching, Writing, and Self-Care

Cindy Malone, an MA student with a specialization in teaching, recently agreed to a short interview, in which she reflects on her love of teaching, her goals after the MA program, and the importance of self-care and her family to her success.

"I am currently enrolled in the Master’s program in English with a specialization in teaching. I spent a long time searching for a program and I could not find one that was English focused more than education focused. Don’t get me wrong, I love my craft and I love talking and learning about teaching, but I also love reading and writing and literature. Most people in my position who return for their graduate degree are going into administration. Honestly, I like kids way more than adults so I don’t want to be a principal. I would much rather spend my time with students than teachers.
My goal is ultimately to become a Composition I and Literature I teacher at a junior college."

Read the full interview with Cindy!

News and Stories

Michael Oshindoro

Community ESOL Class Featured in BG Independent News

The Community ESOL class hosted on Thursdays was recently featured in the BG Independent News, along with an interview with MA student Michael Oshindoro: A program at Bowling Green State University is offering non-English speakers the key to integrating into a new culture. A community ESOL class is held weekly in Thursday from 1 to 2:15 p.m. throughout the semester on campus in East Hall Room 206. “When you’re coming into a new culture, a new environment, your ability to communicate is key to your survival,” said Michael Eniola Oshindoro, a graduate assistant who teaches the program. Read the full article!

A screenshot from the video, featuring students working on their picture books

Learn about ENG 3240

Students in the ENG 3420 course have an opportunity to spend a semester engaged in experiential learning related to literature for young children. Thanks to Allie Godfrey for creating this wonderful video!

A box filled with cans of food

Successful August 2019 Food Drive

The Department of English 2019 food drive was a success, with a significant amount of canned and boxed goods raised by students and faculty. The food drive was held in support of the Grab-N-Go program, which supports students who are struggling with food insecurity. Learn more about the food drive. Thanks to all who donated!

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in English are expected to be able to:

  • Use writing effectively—including current modes and evolving techniques and technologies—to explore subject matter and to communicate;
  • Develop understanding of subject matter in relation to larger historical and/or cultural contexts, including multicultural contexts;
  • Make connections between theory and practice. Students apply theory to understand texts, solve problems, and teach effectively, and/or students generalize from experiences with texts, communication situations and teaching situations;
  • Develop skills of creative and/or critical thinking.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The English program went through Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2016-17.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The English program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)     
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The English program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.