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English Undergraduate Degrees


Undergraduate students at the Spring Literary Festival
Undergraduate students at the Spring Literary Festival

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Your Voice. Many Voices.

Imagine tapping into the heartbeat of a poem and seeing how stories work. Imagine crafting your own story with the help of a renowned writer. Imagine exploring culture with different critical lenses. Imagine assisting a renowned scholar in researching literary history. Or editing your own literary magazine. Imagine visiting Shakespeare's London. Or sharpening your intellect through carefully analyzing the literature you love. Imagine meeting internationally recognized authors (including the faculty who teach your classes). Imagine putting your imagination to work.

Small Class Sizes: The majority of courses boast enrollments of fewer than 35 students, and most faculty teach their courses using a combination of lecture and discussion format, which invites enriching personal engagement and at the same time provides the fundamental structure of scholarly critical guidance and learning.

Course Variety: Because of the size of its faculty, Ohio University's English department is able offer its students instruction in a wide variety of fields, including literary study, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, and secondary teacher education. The department?s extensive course offerings, for both majors and non-majors , expose students to a rich and diverse body of artistic and cultural material.

Secondary Teaching

Ohio University offers a master's program with licensure for those who want to teach adolescent to young-adult education. Students can get an undergraduate degree in English from the College of Arts & Sciences, followed by a master's degree in Integrated Language Arts (ME 6866)  from the Patton College of Education. The master's program can be completed in four consecutive semesters.