We believe in the power of literature, language, and creative expression and we live in the voices, the stories, the words.
Department of English
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.
Verda B. Evans Writers & Scholars Series
Each year, the Verda B. Evans endowment allows the English Department to host internationally-renowned writers and literary scholars who hold open class sessions, meet one-to-one with Literary Studies and Creative Writing students, and present their creative and scholarly work for the department, campus community, and general public. In recent years, we’ve partnered with Humanities Advisory, the Vernon Pack Lecture Series, and the Westerville Public Library to host visitors such as:
- Ladan Osman – winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for Poetry
- Piper Kerman – author of Orange is the New Black
- Michael Bigelow Dixon – renowned dramaturg
- Richard Rambuss – Shakespearean scholar
- Bryonn Bain – internationally-acclaimed hip-hop performance artist and activist