Department of English Language and Literatures

Black Lives Matter

The English Department recognizes systemic racism embedded in literatures and languages, from the Eurocentrism of the canon to the policing of standardized expressions of speaking and writing. We pledge a sustained commitment to identifying and promoting anti-racist practices and policies that support equity, diversity, and inclusion for all.

Limited Office Hours

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will have limited office hours, Monday through Thursday only. Please contact us before coming to campus to verify if we are available:

Phone: 937-775-3136

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. You will develop careful practices of reading, thinking, researching, and writing that are essential for your success in an increasingly global, technological world in which texts proliferate and literacies constantly change. Our undergraduate tracks are designed to help you acquire specific intellectual and professional skills. 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

Wright State English alumna Rishan Habte is a program officer for economic empowerment at Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Services.
The turning point came when Kevin Leichtman was working a minimum-wage job and decided to give school the old college try for the third time.

Department News

13 Wright State faculty, staff and alumni named to Dayton Business Journal Forty Under 40 list

The honorees include Amir Zadeh, associate professor of management information systems, and Brooke Johnson Leppla, associate director of alumni and donor marketing and communication.

Wright State faculty member Erin Flanagan wins prestigious Edgar Award for best first novel

Erin Flanagan, professor of English language and literatures, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel by an American Author for "Deer Season."

Gary Schmidt of Coastal Carolina University named dean of College of Liberal Arts at Wright State

Gary Schmidt is the director of diversity, equity and inclusion and community engagement for the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University.


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