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. Sheri Wells-Jensen, Associate Professor of English at BGSU, spoke at the United Nations on Friday, February 10th.

Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen, Associate Professor of English at BGSU, spoke at the United Nations on Friday, February 10th. Dr. Wells-Jensen’s testimony came as part of the 8th International Day of Women & Girls in Science Assembly. Dr. Wells-Jensen is also currently serving as the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, Exploration, and Scientific Innovation at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. She has also recently worked as a linguistic consultant at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as part of the Clipper Project, flown on zero gravity flights with NASA, and worked as ground support crew for flyers with disabilities aboard other zero-g missions. Congratulations, Sheri, and thank you for your remarkable service!

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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!

ENG 3430 Visits Crim Elementary to Share Picture Books

Amanda McGuire Rzicznek was recently interviewed about her English 3430 Picture Book Workshop class. 

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News and Stories

Paul Kei Matsuda Visited BGSU to Speak About Language Assessment

The University Writing Program (UWP) and T/ESOL Program collaborated to bring Paul Kei Matsuda, one of the biggest scholars in T/ESOL and Rhetoric and Writing Studies, to BGSU. Paul Kei Matsuda is Professor of English and Director of Second Language Writing at Arizona State University. His research centers around second language writing, a transdisciplinary field of inquiry that integrates theoretical and methodological insights from both language studies and writing studies. 

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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

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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.

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.

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Sharona Muir wins University of New Orleans Press Lab Prize

Congratulations to Sharona Muir!

The University of New Orleans Press announces that Sharona Muir was the winner of the 7th Annual University of New Orleans Press Lab Prize.  

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The English for Speakers of Other Languages Program is delighted to announce a call for Outstanding ITA Award nominations. 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.  

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: 05/01/2023 03:25PM