Department of English Language and Literatures

The Department of English Language and Literatures cultivates literacy in its broadest sense. Your courses will inspire you to think, read, and write reflectively, analytically and creatively.

You will benefit from the department's high-quality programs, taught by faculty members who undertake groundbreaking research in their fields. Their scholarship produces innovative courses designed to prepare you for a range of careers. Cultural diversity and global awareness are incorporated into your curriculum through study abroad programs and co-curricular activities. Service-learning opportunities will help you learn civic engagement and social responsibility. Public programs bring literature and language to life for a wide audience.

Humanities programs at Wright State help you develop careful practices of reading, thinking, researching, and writing. These are essential for your success in an increasingly global, technological world in which texts proliferate and literacies constantly change. All of our tracks are designed to help you acquire specific intellectual and professional skills. But they all offer more general benefits for your personal, professional, and civic development. They will all help you to develop your capacity for critical thought and reflection. They will all help you to refine your written and verbal communication skills. And they will all encourage you to expand your research abilities and aptitudes. But above all, the study of English will help you to realize your full potential as a thoughtful and engaged individual and citizen of your world.

Success Stories

Stevie Kremer helped Samuel Heider write “Miracle of Miracles,” documenting his Holocaust survival story.
Shen Yao grew up in Xi’an, China, the home of the Terracotta Warriors. Shen considers himself lucky to have started learning English in the third grade, awakening dreams of becoming an English teacher.

Department News

Ron Austin visiting writer
Visiting Writer

Ron A. Austin Fiction Reading


Ron A. Austin is the author of the novel Avery Colt is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar, winner of the Nilsen Literary Prize and longlisted for the 2020 PEN American Literary Award. For more information on the author, please visit his website.

Matter of course

Wright State recognized by national education organization for remediation model
Wright State’s remediation model helps students succeed in college-level math and English courses.

Veterans Voices project expands with new documentary film

"Veterans Voices: Lives and Stories" will premiere on Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Neon in downtown Dayton.


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