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

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Wright State faculty member David Seitz wins national journalism award for coverage of prison theater production
The biggest challenge was trying to get the prison inmates to open up when he was interviewing them. But the efforts of English professor David Seitz resulted in a national award.

Wright State University Foundation awards Students First Fund grants

12 projects selected for the second year of Students First funding
The 12 projects selected for funding will have far-reaching impacts on both the Dayton and Lake campuses.

Ska writer

Wright State English lecturer Bobby Rubin pens the lyrics to a hit song in the United Kingdom
Bobby Rubin, a senior lecturer of English, writes lyrics for musicians and bands, including the ska band The Skapones.


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