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Department of English

We believe.

We believe in the power of literature, language, and creative expression. We believe that imagination and interpretation can awaken us. We believe that reading and writing are transformative -- even revolutionary -- acts. And we live in the voices, the stories, the words.

Amelia Gramling SWPAmelia Gramling

Creative Writing and WGSS Major '16

Piecing Together the Senior Writing Project 
Amelia Gramling uses the dance studio to experiment with the arrangement of her manuscript. The honors project serves as the capstone to her Creative Writing and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors. 

Majors and Minors

We offer majors in Creative Writing, Literary Studies, and Teacher Education (ILA). We also offer minors in Creative Writing, Literary Studies, and Film Studies (interdisciplinary). Learn more.

Our Mission

In English Studies, you will explore the transformative power of the written word. You will come into voice as thinkers, readers, and writers. You will engage literature as a form of personal, creative, and cultural expression. You will encounter texts that explore gripping human realities and raise enduring social questions. And you will practice writing as a critical and artistic endeavor.

Students Reading FormosoStudent Engagement

2015-16 Writers & Scholars Series

Students in Dr. Terry Hermsen's Senior Year Experience course perform selections from visiting Chilean poet Christian Formoso's The Most Beautiful Cemetery in Chile. The Neruda Prize-winning collection was translated to English by Dr. Hermsen and 2013 alum Sydney Tammarine. 

/ Department of English

Shannon Lakanen
Department Chair
Towers Hall 228

p / 614.823.1211
e / slakanen@otterbein.edu 

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