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!

Edwin H. Simmons Creative Minds Series to feature Rita Dove: Thursday, September 20

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove is the 2018 Edwin H. Simmons Creative Minds Series speaker. She will present a public talk at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre in The Wolfe Center for the Arts. She will be introduced by Dr. Lawrence Coates.

Two Q&A sessions for students are scheduled during the day on Thursday. Sept. 20, in the Donnell Theatre in the Wolfe Center. From 11 a.m. to noon, she will talk on topics of poetry and poetics, facilitated by Creative Writing Program Director Dan Rzicznek. From 2-3 p.m., facilitated by lecturer and Mid-American Review Editor Abigail Cloud, she will address broader topics of collaboration between poets and the musical arts, moving from poetry to writing for the stage and other types of collaboration between the arts.

Rita Dove, recipient of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry and former U.S. Poet Laureate, is the author of nine books of poetry, including the tour de force Sonata Mulattica, a poetic treatise on the life of 19th century violinist George Bridgetower, and most recently, Collected Poems 1974-2004 (2017 NAACP Image Award). Among Rita Dove's many honors are the 2011 National Medal of Arts from President Obama, the 1996 National Humanities Medal from President Clinton and 25 honorary doctorates. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.

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What can you do with an English degree?

What can you do with an English degree?

According to the Wall Street Journal’sHunting for Soft Skills, Companies Scoop up English Majors,” English majors go on to success in many different fields including publishing, advertising, public relations, teaching, the public sector and marketing. A degree in English can also prepare you for graduate study in law, business, and other fields. Read More

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English 3420 Tours Mazza Museum

English 3420 Tours Mazza Museum

Amanda McGuire Rzicznek, Elizabeth Loo Zemanski, & their English 3420 class toured the Mazza Museum in Findlay, Ohio. Their tour inspired new ways of thinking about how to create their capstone project: to write & illustrate their own original picture books. Please join Amanda & Loo for their students’ Picture Book Showcase on Thursday, April 26 from 5:30-7:00pm in the Jerome Library’s CRC! Read More

Dr. Lee Nickoson Receives Faculty Mentor Award

Dr. Lee Nickoson Receives Faculty Mentor Award

Dr. Lee Nickoson, Director of General Studies Writing and Rhetoric and Writing faculty member, received the Faculty Mentor Recognition Award. The award recognizes a faculty member for outstanding professional support of his/her colleagues and focuses upon the importance of faculty efforts toward the development of teaching, research, and service initiatives among colleagues. Congratulations Dr. Nickoson!   Read More

English Department Announces Scholarship Winners

English Department Announces Scholarship Winners

The English Department is pleased to share this year's scholarship winners. Congratulations to each of the recipients. Read More