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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New Blog Posts

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!

Literature Program's Senior Thesis Presentations

Check out the amazing virtual version of the Literature Program's Senior Thesis Presentations! Dr. Stephannie Gearhart provides opening remarks, followed by videos of student presentations!

Dr. Jolie Sheffer's The BG Ideas Podcast Included in '11 of The Best Higher Education Podcasts' at Volt

Dr. Jolie A. Sheffer's The BG Ideas Podcast Included in '11 of The Best Higher Education Podcasts' at Volt

BG Ideas is a podcast produced by the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS) and the School of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University. In each episode, Dr. Jolie Sheffer, the Director of ICS, talks with academics, artists, activists, and other professionals about their work for the public good. We hope our podcast helps listeners learn more about the amazing interdisciplinary work being done in and around the university to help address big social problems.  

Congratulations to Dr. Sheffer and English students Kari Hanlin, Emma Vallandingham, and Renee Hopper who helped create TBGI!

Read what Volt has to say about this amazing podcast!

Listen to the podcast!

News and Stories

Congratulations to Dr. Heath Diehl!

Congratulations! Dr. Diehl is the 2021 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient!

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Professional Development Badge

Congratulations to PhD students Brandie Bohney, Annie Cigic, Renee Drouin, and Brian Urias 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! PD Badge 

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Congratulations to all Spring 2021 graduates!

Congratulations to the graduate and undergraduate students who graduated from the English program in Spring 2021! Good luck to you all!

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.