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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Outstanding ITA Award

The English for Speakers of Other Languages Program is delighted to announce its inaugural Outstanding ITA Award. The purpose of this award is to honor one graduate International Teaching Associate or Assistant (ITA) at Bowling Green State University each year who has demonstrated excellence in instructional capacities. The application is due by Sunday, February 27, 2022.

How to apply! 

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!

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

First Book of Poetry for MFA Alum, Remi Recchia

Congratulations to 2018 MFA graduate, Remi Recchia, on having his first book published! Read more about the book!

Course Announcement

Graduate Course Announcement

ENG 6040: Graduate Writing will be available to all graduate students in Spring 2022. This course will meet in person Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:15 pm.   Read more about the course and how to enroll!

WRIT: Journal of First Year Writing Vol. 4, Issue 1

WRIT: Journal of First-Year Writing Vol. 4, Issue 1

Congratulations to undergraduate students Lexi A. Schmiesing, Ian Adkins, and Joseph Black for publication of their articles in WRIT: Journal of First-Year Writing! Read the articles on the Journal's 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.