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!


                                           WE'RE HIRING!                                     

The English department is currently seeking applicants for two full-time, tenure-track positions:

  • Assistant Professor, Department of English
  • Assistant Professor in English and Creative Writing (Fiction)

Learn more about our job openings and apply by October 30, 2018.


A student with her poster for the GSW Writing Showcase

Fall 2018 GSW Writing Showcase

The fall 2018 GSW Writing Showcase on Friday, December 1 was a huge success. The Showcase enjoyed great turnout, with very engaging presentations made by enthusiastic presenters. Read more about the showcase and prize winners.

News and Stories

Three-Minute Thesis Competition Coming in February 2019Students Host Picture Book Showcase

Three-Minute Thesis Competition Coming in February 2019Students Host Picture Book Showcase

Are you a graduate student working on a thesis or dissertation project? Consider entering the three-minute thesis competition! The competition challenges graduate students to explain their research to a non-expert audience in three minutes—and cash prizes are available. Learn more about the event and register for a chance to compete.

Students Host Picture Book Showcase

Students Host Picture Book Showcase

Amanda McGuire Rzicznek, Elizabeth Loo Zemanski, and ENG 3420: Literature for Young Children students hosted a picture book showcase. For six weeks leading up to the event, the students were immersed in writing and design processes; they poured themselves into their books and were immensely excited to share them. See images from the showcase.

Kathryn Dobbs Receives 2018 Donna Nelson-Beene Award

Kathryn Dobbs Receives 2018 Donna Nelson-Beene Award

Kathryn Dobbs has received the 2018 Donna Nelson-Beene Award. She is pictured in the center; to her left is Dr. Donna Nelson-Beene and to her right is her instructor, Dr. Ethan Jordan.The Donna Nelson-Beene Excellence in Research Writing Award is presented in recognition of the best research essay written by a student who has taken GSW 1120: Academic Writing.
Congratulations to Kathryn for being this year's winner!

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.