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Department of English


The Department of English at the University of Cincinnati fosters the liberal arts by focusing on English-language texts across four mutually-interrelated disciplines: Literary and Cultural Studies; Creative Writing; Professional Writing; and Rhetoric & Composition.  Our faculty and graduate students produce exciting, award-winning, and interdisciplinary scholarly and creative work; and our students at the graduate and undergraduate levels profit from richly varied yet integrated curricular offerings tailored to specific academic interests. We can boast of a number of truly outstanding resources, including the George Elliston Poetry Room, one of the finest collections of American poetry anywhere in the nation, and the Helen Weinberger Center, involving a collaborative partnership with UC’s College Conservatory of Music and the Cincinnati theatre community. The department publishes a number of journals, hosts reading series, festivals, and conferences, and welcomes prominent scholars for lectures and classroom visits.  Student groups, like the English Graduate Organization and the Undergraduate English Society, organize events throughout the year, helping to create our strong sense of community – despite the fact that we are the largest department in the College of Arts and Sciences.

English has something for everyone, from practical considerations concerning the best software to use in desktop publishing to theoretical reflections on issues of identity in literary and cultural texts.  If, after exploring our site, you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Areas of Study

  • Creative Writing
    The Creative Writing track allows students to combine the writing of fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, or poetry with the advanced study of literature.
  • English Education
    Do you want a career as a high school or middle school English teacher? This track, coupled with a Bachelor or Master’s degree in Secondary Education, trains students to enter the teaching profession in English Language Arts at the secondary level.
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
    This area focuses on the study of significant texts and forms, both literary and extra-literary, from all historical periods; major critical theories and approaches, current as well as foundational; and the historical, cultural, and ideological conditions under which texts have been produced and received.
  • Professional Writing
    The Professional Writing discipline enables students to establish a strong theoretical framework for practical applications in the field of professional writing.
  • Rhetoric & Composition
    Areas of study in the program include composition pedagogy, theory, and history, rhetorical theory (classical, contemporary, and cultural rhetorics), new media studies, research methods, public writing, and writing program administration.

Luke Geddes and Yalie Saweda Kamara

Kate Vieira

Kate Vieira is the Susan J. Cellmer distinguished chair in literacy in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Workshop: Creative Writing as Scholarly Method    
Tuesday, February 8, 10:00-11:30 am
Click here to join Zoom room

Lecture: How to Write for Peace: Lessons from Colombian Young People
Monday, February 7, 4:00-5:30 pm,
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Sara Eliza Johnson

Poetry Reading
September 28, 2022; 6:00 pm EST
In person: Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library 
Zoom registration: https://bit.ly/saraelizajohnson

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

Fiction Reading 
October 4, 2022; 6:00 pm EST
In person: Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library 
Zoom registration: https://bit.ly/bynumreads

Simone Savannah

Jennifer Elise Foerster

Poetry Reading  
October 26, 2022; 6:00 pm EST
In person: Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library 
Zoom registration: https://bit.ly/foersterreads

UC student gains experience through hands-on internship

October 5, 2022

UC’s Visiting Writers Series to host an in-person return

September 12, 2022

UC to offer certificate in disability studies

June 30, 2022

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