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!


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MFA Student Nick Gardner Releases First Volume of Poetry

Last fall first-year MFA fiction writer Nick Gardner released his first full-length collection of poetry, So Marvelously Far (Main Street Books, 2019). Nick graciously agreed to an interview about his book, sharing his ideas and insights about his writing process, addiction recovery, and his future creative goals.

Could you tell us a bit about the collection itself. How did it come into existence? What themes does it touch upon?

This collection of poems started as a challenge back in undergrad. I decided I would take one full year (Fall 2016-2017) and write 1-2 sonnets per week. I picked the sonnet form because it is short, but also constrictive. The form challenges how I express myself and I liked the idea of kind of a battle between what I want to say and how I can say it. Of course, I broke the form quite a bit, especially in revision. Sometimes there were things that needed to be said that broke down the walls of the form completely.

Read the full interview with Nick.  

News and Stories

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Hope Teggart Published in International ResearchScape Journal

Hope Teggart, a 2019 graduate of the Department of English, recently had an article published in the International ResearchScape Journal. Teggart's article, "Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Novel Way of Understanding the Iraq War and Its Aftermath" can be read on the journal's website. Please join us in congratulating Hope! Further, the journal's call for proposals is now open. See the full CFP.

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Student Spotlight: Maryjo Moluse, MA in English, Individualized Track

Please tell us a bit about yourself!  

I am a retired teacher with 36 plus years in the high school classroom. My choice to teach high school English was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I never once thought of teaching as a job — it was my passion. I was in four school systems but spent the last twenty-five years at Marion L. Steele High School in Amherst, Ohio — that is a town just about a half hour West of downtown Cleveland. It is a wonderful community and was a great place to teach. I taught at all four levels, but spent the majority of my career teaching juniors American Literature and writing. Read the whole interview with Maryjo!

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Dr. Jackson Bliss Featured at First Gathered Voices Reading in Downtown Toledo

On October 25, Dr. Jackson Bliss was the featured reader for the first Gathered Voices literary event in downtown Toledo. Hosted by Gathered Glassblowing studio, Gathered Voices is a brand new reading series organized by studio manager Ian Welch and Rhetoric and Writing PhD student Lena Ziegler. Learn more about the event!

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.