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. Stephannie Gearhart is the 2018-19 Distinguished Faculty for the College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Stephannie Gearhart was named the 2018-19 Distinguished Faculty for the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Gearhart is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, and the Director of the Literature Program.

On Wednesday, March 13 at 4 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Dr. Gearhart will deliver the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a public reception. Dr. Gearhart's lecture is titled, "OF AN AGE’ OR ‘FOR ALL TIME?’: HOW WE SEE SHAKESPEARE TODAY." Learn more about the lecture.  

News and Stories

2019 Devine Winners Announced

2019 Devine Winners Announced

Each year, MFA students specializing in poetry and fiction submit their work for consideration under the Devine Fellowship. Student writing is provided to judges from outside BGSU, who read and comment on the work, and select the winners and runners-up. Learn more about the award.

Celebrate Children's Literature with Lindsay Ward

Celebrate Children's Literature with Lindsay Ward

We invite you to join our ENG 3420 students in celebrating Children’s Literature and its role in cultivating and strengthening literacy, life-long love of learning and reading, and creativity in our communities.   On Monday, March 11, join us for the following events:

  • 11:30-12:20: Lindsay Ward Presentation to BGSU and the greater community in the Sky Bank Room 201A/B, BTSU
  • 12:20-1:00: Meet & Greet in the Sky Bank Room 201A/B, BTSU
  • 4:30-5:00: Lindsay Ward Read Aloud, Curriculum Resource Center, Jerome Library
Learn more about the event.

Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen Presenting at TEDx

Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen Presenting at TEDx

Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen will be presenting at TEDx this March. Her talk is called "Exploring the gap between ourselves and extraterrestrial civilizations," and she is one of seven event speakers. TEDxBGSU is March 9, 2019 from 6-8 p.m.
Learn more about TEDx BGSU.

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.