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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Recent Graduate Interviewed about TESOL and Applied Linguistics Minor

Recent graduate, Jada Thomas, was interviewd about the TESOL and Applied Linguistics Minor.

Read the interview here!

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

English Faculty Win Faculty Senate Faculty Recognition Awards

Congratulations to the following faculty on their Faculty Senate Faculty Recognition Awards!

Dr. Sue Carter Wood: Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey: Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Jolie Sheffer: Faculty Mentor Award

Ann Westrick: named Professor of Teaching Excellence

Mahdi Tahamtan selected as 2021 Outstanding International Teaching Assistant

Mahdi is being recognized for his work as a TA and TI for Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders (CDIS 1230).

The goal of the Outstanding International Teaching Assistant award is to recognize the contributions that international graduate students bring to BGSU, and we are delighted that Mahdi is the first recipient because his work with students in his courses highlights an inspiring commitment to his teaching.

Read more about Mahdi!
Sam Burt

MFA Candidate, Sam Burt, Selected as a 2022 AWP Journals Project Award Winner

Congratulations to Sam Burt, MFA candidate in poetry, for being selected for the AWP Intro Journals Project.

His poem "Hunter's Moon" will be published by the Colorado Review.

Krys Ingman

Krys Ingman Wins GSS Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Krys Ingman! Krys won a GSS Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award!

Read more about the award!
Danielle Burkin

Danielle Burkin awarded the Classified Staff Council's Spirit of BG Award for April

Congratulations to Danielle Burkin!

This award recognizes classified staff members' professionalism and work ethic.

Danielle's support of and care for the English Department's graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty is amazing and very much appreciated!

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CCCC Logo Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the following winners of the CCCC Logo Contest!

  • 1st prize: Stefano Guidese
  • 2nd prize: Suman Astani
  • 3rd prize: Isela Reyes
See the winning logos here!

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.

Updated: 11/21/2022 02:56PM