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!
2021 21st Century Englishes Conference
The call for proposals (CFP) and registration for the 2021 21st Century Englishes Conference is now live!
The 21st Century Englishes Conference is hosted by the Rhetoric Society of the Black Swamp, Bowling Green State University’s (BGSU) Student Chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America, and BGSU’s Rhetoric & Writing Ph.D. Program. It is sponsored by BGSU’s English Department.
Featured Student Blogs
Be sure to check out the English Department Blog for featured posts by undergraduate students!
Jason Mecchi has written "Beyond Books: Expanding the Horizons of an English Major," and Julie Steinen has written "Reading as an English Major."
More posts will be available soon, so keep an eye on the blog!
New Word and Image Minor
Jessica Zinz-Cheresnick was recently interviewed about her new role as the Director of Undergraduate Studies, and the new Word+Image Minor for students. Read the interview here!
New Undergraduate Program
Kimberly met virtually with Rhetoric and Writing Studies PhD student Annie Cigic to talk about Kimberly’s new role as the Undergraduate Director for the Rhetoric and Writing Studies Program. Learn more about the new program and Kimberly’s vision and ideas!
News and Stories
Congratulations to Dr. Heath Diehl!
Congratulations! Dr. Diehl is the 2021 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient!
Professional Development Badge
Congratulations to Charity Givens (PhD) and Diana Etain (MA) on earning the Professional Development Badge! To earn the badge, English graduate students must attend 6 professional development events or workshops. After attendance, they write a 150-300 word reflection on their experience. Read more about the badge!
WRIT: Journal of First-Year Writing Vol. 4, Issue 1
Congratulations to undergraduate students Lexi A. Schmiesing, Ian Adkins, and Joseph Black for publication of their articles in WRIT: Journal of First-Year Writing! Read the articles on the Journal's website!
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.