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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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!

News and Stories

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Interview with Dr. Ethan Jordan

Dr. Ethan Jordan generously agreed to an interview about teaching in the online MA program, his teaching philosophy, and more!

Please tell us a bit about yourself!

I’ve been teaching composition courses for the past 14 years or so, and I’ve also had a variety of teaching opportunities in film, multimodal communication, video game studies, and graduate courses in pedagogy. My family likes to joke that I have a “doctorate in video games,” which is kind of true. I went to school (from Head Start to grad school) for 23 years in a row. In my spare time, I love taking walks with my wife, building Legos with my son, and consuming any media I can! Be sure to read the whole interview, and check out our student and faculty spotlights!

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Faculty and Students Featured on WBGUTV for Children's Book Week

Dr. Rachel Rickard Rebellino, Elizabeth Loo Zemanski, and Amanda McGuire Rzicznek were featured on WBGUTV's show The Journal, along three students who have created children's books as part of a class. The faculty members and students, along with author/illustrator Lindsay Moore and staff from both the Jerome Library and the Wood County District Public Library, discussed Children's Book Week. You can watch the video on the WBGUTV website and learn more about upcoming events related to children's books.

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Winter Wheat and 21st Century Englishes Registration Now Open

Registration for this year's combined Winter Wheat writing festival and the 21st Century Englishes graduate student conference is now live! Winter Wheat is a festival celebrating writers and readers, produced by Mid-American Review. Registrants will have the opportunity to attend workshops, readings, and events both on-campus and off. The event will be October 31-November 2; registration information can be found on the Winter Wheat website. The 21st Century Englishes graduate student conference will be held in conjunction with Winter Wheat on Saturday, November 2. Join graduate students from the English department at BGSU and beyond, as well as community members, for a variety of panels, presentations and workshops. The theme of this year's conference is Reimagining Creativity in Rhetoric and Writing Studies, and registration can be found on the 21st Century Englishes website.

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.